Definition of approximation in English:


Line breaks: ap¦proxi|ma¦tion
Pronunciation: /əˌprɒksɪˈmeɪʃn


  • 1A value or quantity that is nearly but not exactly correct: these figures are only approximations
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    • To compare behavioral responses among regions, we used Kruskal-Wallis tests, which use chisquare approximations.
    • Most of the work in quantum mechanics was in the Galilean (or non-relativistic) approximation.
    • Their derivations will extend to cover the present cases, given the same approximations made above.
    estimate, estimation, guess, conjecture, rough calculation, rough idea, surmise; guesswork
    informal guesstimate
    North American informal ballpark figure
    semblance, outward appearance, likeness, resemblance, similarity, correspondence, comparison
  • 1.1A thing that is similar to something else, but is not exactly the same: the band smashed up their equipment in an approximation of rock star behaviour
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    • User's attitudes also had to be examined in order to assess whether the approximations in the animation were satisfactory.
    • Most pocket cameras have a separate viewfinder: what you see is an approximation of what the lens is seeing.
    • Previously published methods for deriving Q have used eigen-decomposition of an approximation to P (t).

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