Definition of approximant in English:

approximant

Line breaks: ap¦proxi|mant
Pronunciation: /əˈprɒksɪm(ə)nt
 
/

noun

1 Mathematics A function, series, or other expression which is an approximation to the solution of a problem.
More example sentences
  • In 1899 Padé published another major work on Padé approximants which, as we noted above, looked in depth at approximants of the exponential function.
  • Applied mathematicians have found that by approximating functions by continued function expansions, called Padé approximants, they often obtain far more accurate low-order approximations than by using Taylor series expansions.
2 Phonetics A consonant produced by bringing one articulator (the tongue or lips) close to another without actually touching it, as in English r and w.
More example sentences
  • It is phonologically impossible since Tamil has no [z] sound and since the retroflex approximant sometimes romanized < z > cannot appear in initial position.
  • The approximant r can also be regarded as a glide.

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove ads and access premium resources

Word of the day antebellum
Pronunciation: ˌantēˈbeləm
adjective
occurring or existing before a particular war…