# approximation

a guess or estimate: Ninety-three million miles is an approximation of the distance of the earth from the sun.

nearness in space, position, degree, or relation; proximity; closeness.

Mathematics, Physics. a result that is not necessarily exact, but is within the limits of accuracy required for a given purpose.

## Origin of approximation

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## Other words from approximation

- ap·prox·i·ma·tive, adjective

## Words Nearby approximation

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## How to use approximation in a sentence

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*approximation*.A System of Logic: Ratiocinative and Inductive | John Stuart MillAt noon an observation by the meridian altitude of the sun's lower limb gave us 35 30′, as an

*approximation*to our latitude.

## British Dictionary definitions for approximation

/ (əˌprɒksɪˈmeɪʃən) /

the process or result of making a rough calculation, estimate, or guess: he based his conclusion on his own approximation of the fuel consumption

an imprecise or unreliable record or version: an approximation of what really happened

maths an inexact number, relationship, or theory that is sufficiently accurate for a specific purpose

maths

an estimate of the value of some quantity to a desired degree of accuracy

an expression in simpler terms than a given expression which approximates to it

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