Definition of Approximation

1. Noun. An approximate calculation of quantity or degree or worth. "A rough idea how long it would take"

2. Noun. The quality of coming near to identity (especially close in quantity).
Generic synonyms: Similarity

3. Noun. An imprecise or incomplete account. "Newspapers gave only an approximation of the actual events"
Generic synonyms: Version

4. Noun. The act of bringing near or bringing together especially the cut edges of tissue.
Exact synonyms: Bringing Close Together
Generic synonyms: Connection, Connexion, Joining

Definition of Approximation

1. n. The act of approximating; a drawing, advancing or being near; approach; also, the result of approximating.

Definition of Approximation

1. Noun. The act, process or result of approximating. ¹

2. Noun. (mathematics) An imprecise solution or result that is adequate for a defined purpose. ¹

3. Noun. (medicine) The act of bringing together the edges of tissue to be sutured. ¹

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Definition of Approximation

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Medical Definition of Approximation

1. 1. 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." (I. Taylor) 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. A value that is nearly but not exactly correct. Origin: Cf. F. Approximation, LL. Approximatio. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Approximation

approximate range
approximation (current term)
approximation algorithm
approximation suture

Literary usage of Approximation

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The Advanced Part of A Treatise on the Dynamics of a System of Rigid Bodies by Edward John Routh (1905)
"The operation may be repeated for a third approximation and so on. ... We also see the importance of proceeding to a higher approximation. ..."

2. A Treatise on Electricity and Magnetism by James Clerk Maxwell (1904)
"An approximation to the solution of any problem of the distribution of ... «i«o We shall thus obtain a first approximation to * which satisfies the ..."

3. A Treatise on the Mathematical Theory of Elasticity by Augustus Edward Hough Love (1906)
"Second approximation in the case of a curved plate or shell. In tlio case of an appreciably curved middle surface we can make some progress with a ..."

4. Higher Mathematics for Students of Chemistry and Physics: With Special by Joseph William Mellor (1902)
"Is Differentiation a Method of approximation only ? The method of differentiation might at first sight be regarded as a method of approximation, ..."

5. Algebra: An Elementary Text-book for the Higher Classes of Secondary Schools by George Chrystal (1893)
"(HI + ji - but if n<r + l, the coefficient of JP is NUMERICAL approximation BY MEANS OF THE BINOMIAL THEOREM. § 12.] The Binomial Expansion may be used for ..."

6. An Introduction to the Modern Theory of Equations by Florian Cajori (1904)
"CHAPTER IV approximation TO THE ROOTS OF NUMERICAL EQUATIONS 52. Solution by Radicals and by approximation. The modern theory of equations is the outgrowth ..."

7. Proceedings by Philadelphia County Medical Society (1896)
"About three years ago I conceived the thought that the ideal method of doing intestinal approximation would be end- to-end union by ..."

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