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Pronunciation:  u`prâksu'meyshun

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  the act of bringing near or bringing together especially the cut edges of tissue
  2. [n]  the quality of coming near to identity (especially close in quantity)
  3. [n]  an approximate calculation of quantity or degree or worth; "an estimate of what it would cost"; "a rough idea how long it would take"
  4. [n]  an imprecise or incomplete account; "newspapers gave only an approximation of the actual events"

APPROXIMATION is a 13 letter word that starts with A.


 Synonyms: bringing close together, estimate, estimation, idea
 See Also: calculation, computation, connection, connexion, dead reckoning, figuring, guess, guessing, guesstimate, guesswork, guestimate, joining, overestimate, overestimation, overrating, overreckoning, reckoning, shot, similarity, underestimate, underestimation, underrating, underreckoning, version



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Ap*prox`i*ma"tion\ n. [Cf. F. approximation, LL.
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. (Math.)
   (a) A continual approach or coming nearer to a result; as,
       to solve an equation by approximation.
   (b) A value that is nearly but not exactly correct.

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