1. an approximate calculation of quantity or degree or worth;

- Example: "an estimate of what it would cost"

- Example: "a rough idea how long it would take"

[syn: estimate, estimation,

2. the quality of coming near to identity (especially close in quantity);

3. an imprecise or incomplete account;

- Example: "newspapers gave only an approximation of the actual events"

4. the act of bringing near or bringing together especially the cut edges of tissue;

[syn:

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Approximation \Ap*prox`i*ma"tion\ n. [Cf. F. approximation, LL. approximatio.] 1. The act of approximating; a drawing, advancing or being near; approach; also, the result of approximating. [1913 Webster] The largest capacity and the most noble dispositions are but an approximation to the proper standard and true symmetry of human nature. --I. Taylor. [1913 Webster] 2. An approach to a correct estimate, calculation, or conception, or to a given quantity, quality, etc. [1913 Webster] 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. [1913 Webster]WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

approximation n 1: an approximate calculation of quantity or degree or worth; "an estimate of what it would cost"; "a rough idea how long it would take" [syn: estimate, estimation, approximation, idea] 2: the quality of coming near to identity (especially close in quantity) 3: an imprecise or incomplete account; "newspapers gave only an approximation of the actual events" 4: the act of bringing near or bringing together especially the cut edges of tissue [syn: approximation, bringing close together]Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:

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