Ap*prox`i*ma"tion (#). n. [Cf. F. approximation, LL. approximatio.]
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.
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.
A value that is nearly but not exactly correct.
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