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Definition of Approximation


  1. The act of approximating; a drawing, advancing or being near; approach; also, the result of approximating.
  2. An approach to a correct estimate, calculation, or conception, or to a given quantity, quality, etc.
  3. A continual approach or coming nearer to a result; as, to solve an equation by approximation.
  4. A value that is nearly but not exactly correct.

Approximation Quotations

Anyone who wants to look at sunlight naturally wipes his eye clear first, in order to make, at any rate, some approximation to the purity of that on which he looks; and a person wishing to see a city or country goes to the place in order to do so.

Just as the humble, unassuming, assenting 'O.K.' has deposed the more affirmative 'Yes,' so the little cringe and hesitation and approximation of 'like' are a help to young people who are struggling to negotiate the shoals and rapids of ethnic identity, the street, and general correctness.
Christopher Hitchens

For those, like me, who can't rely on being given a home smoker this Christmas, you can build your own approximation with just a roll of tin foil and a big wok or pan for which you have a lid.
Yotam Ottolenghi

Personally, I don't see old economics and behavioural economics as opposed. It is useful to assume people are rational as a good approximation to their long term behaviour, but it would be unwise not to think how in practice their behaviour may deviate from that simplifying assumption.
Evan Davis

If that enabled us to predict the succeeding situation with the same approximation, that is all we require, and we should say that the phenomenon had been predicted, that it is governed by the laws.
Henri Poincare
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Approximation Translations

approximation in French is rapprochement
approximation in Italian is accostamento
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