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Definition of: approximation

(ə·prok′sə·māshən) noun
1. The act or process of approximating.
2. Math. A result sufficiently exact for a specified purpose. Synonyms: approach, contiguity, likeness, nearness, neighborhood, propinquity, resemblance, similarity. Approximation expresses as near an approach to accuracy and certainty as the conditions in any given case make possible. Resemblance and similarity may be but superficial and apparent; approximation is real. Approach is a relative term, indicating that one has come nearer than before; approximation brings one really near. Nearness, neighborhood, and propinquity are commonly used of place; approximation, of mathematical calculations and abstract reasoning; we speak of approach to the shore, nearness to the town, approximation to the truth. Antonyms: difference, distance, error, remoteness, unlikeness, variation.

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good approximation
first approximation
close approximation
linear approximation
approximation theory
rough approximation
diophantine approximation
reasonable approximation
approximation algorithms
approximation algorithm
stirling s approximation
approximation theorem
closest approximation
order approximation
approximation ratio

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