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  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Approximation  \Ap*prox`i*ma"tion\  n.  [Cf.  F.  approximation,  LL 
  approximatio.] 
  1.  The  act  of  approximating;  a  drawing,  advancing  or  being 
  near  approach;  also  the  result  of  approximating. 
 
  The  largest  capacity  and  the  most  noble  dispositions 
  are  but  an  approximation  to  the  proper  standard  and 
  true  symmetry  of  human  nature.  --I.  Taylor. 
 
  2.  An  approach  to  a  correct  estimate,  calculation,  or 
  conception,  or  to  a  given  quantity,  quality,  etc 
 
  3.  (Math.) 
  a  A  continual  approach  or  coming  nearer  to  a  result;  as 
  to  solve  an  equation  by  approximation. 
  b  A  value  that  is  nearly  but  not  exactly  correct. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  approximation 
  n  1:  an  approximate  calculation  of  quantity  or  degree  or  worth; 
  "an  estimate  of  what  it  would  cost";  "a  rough  idea  how 
  long  it  would  take"  [syn:  {estimate},  {estimation},  {idea}] 
  2:  the  quality  of  of  being  similar  (especially  close  in  value) 
  3:  an  imprecise  or  incomplete  account;  "newspapers  gave  only  an 
  approximation  of  the  actual  events" 
  4:  the  act  of  bringing  near  or  bringing  together  especially  the 
  cut  edges  of  tissue  [syn:  {bringing  close  together}] 




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