# approximation

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## ap·prox·i·ma·tion

(ə-prŏk′sə-mā′shən)
n.
1. The act, process, or result of approximating.
2. Mathematics An inexact result adequate for a given purpose.

## approximation

(əˌprɒksɪˈmeɪʃən)
n
1. the process or result of making a rough calculation, estimate, or guess: he based his conclusion on his own approximation of the fuel consumption.
2. an imprecise or unreliable record or version: an approximation of what really happened.
3. (Mathematics) maths an inexact number, relationship, or theory that is sufficiently accurate for a specific purpose
4. (Mathematics) maths
a. an estimate of the value of some quantity to a desired degree of accuracy
b. an expression in simpler terms than a given expression which approximates to it

## ap•prox•i•ma•tion

(əˌprɒk səˈmeɪ ʃən)

n.
1. an inexact computation or result that still falls within the required limits of accuracy.
2. the quality or state of being near or close: an approximation to the facts.
3. the act of drawing together.
[1400–50; late Middle English (< Middle French) < Medieval Latin]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
 Noun 1 approximation - an approximate calculation of quantity or degree or worth; "an estimate of what it would cost"; "a rough idea how long it would take"scalage - estimation of the amount of lumber in a logfiguring, reckoning, calculation, computation - problem solving that involves numbers or quantitiescredit rating, credit - an estimate, based on previous dealings, of a person's or an organization's ability to fulfill their financial commitmentsdead reckoning, guessing, guesswork, guess, shot - an estimate based on little or no informationguesstimate, guestimate - an estimate that combines reasoning with guessingoverrating, overreckoning, overestimate, overestimation - a calculation that results in an estimate that is too highunderestimate, underestimation, underrating, underreckoning - an estimation that is too low; an estimate that is less than the true or actual value 2 approximation - the quality of coming near to identity (especially close in quantity)similarity - the quality of being similar 3 approximation - an imprecise or incomplete account; "newspapers gave only an approximation of the actual events"version - an interpretation of a matter from a particular viewpoint; "his version of the fight was different from mine" 4 approximation - the act of bringing near or bringing together especially the cut edges of tissuebringing close togetherjoining, connexion, connection - the act of bringing two things into contact (especially for communication); "the joining of hands around the table"; "there was a connection via the internet"

## approximation

noun
1. That's a fair approximation of the way the next boss will be chosen.
2. guess, estimate, conjecture, estimation, guesswork, rough idea, rough calculation, ballpark figure (informal), ballpark estimate (informal) That's an approximation, but my guess is there'll be a reasonable balance.

## approximation

noun
A rough or tentative calculation:
Translations
تَقْدير تَقريبيتَقريبي
løselig beregningoverslag
approksimaatioapproksimointiarviointilähentäminenlikiarvo
megközelítés
nálgun
približná hodnota
tahmintahmin etme

## approximation

[əˌprɒksɪˈmeɪʃən] N

## approximation

[əˌprɒksɪˈmeɪʃən] n
an approximation of sth
His lips pulled back in an approximation of a smile →
He had coarsened his voice to an approximation of cockney → Il avait rendu sa voix plus rauque pour imiter l'accent cockney.
an approximation to sth
This in an approximation to the Greek word → Ceci est une traduction approximative du mot grec.

## approximation

nAnnäherung f (→ of, to an +acc); (= figure, sum etc)(An)näherungswert m; his story was an approximation of the truthseine Geschichte entsprach in etwa or ungefähr der Wahrheit

## approximation

[əˈprɒksɪˈmeɪʃn] n

## approximate

very nearly correct or accurate; not intended to be absolutely correct. Give me an approximate answer!; Can you give me an approximate price for the job?
nearly; more or less. There will be approximately five hundred people present.
apˌproximˈation noun
1. a figure, answer etc which is not (intended to be) exact. This figure is just an approximation.
2. the process of estimating a figure etc. We decided on a price by a process of approximation.
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"The ball park figure we have been given by the hospital is PS25,000."
New hospitals cost in the region of PS300m so that's what our ball park figure is."
Hull were open to the sale and the main quibbles were about the price but once the ball park figure was agreed and discussions progressed, obstacles started to appear.
Cllr Boyle said: "If the council is saying such a specific number rather than a ball park figure, we suggest that the calculation has been done based on identifying streets in identified wards.
Ozil will, at the very least, be expecting the club to match the [pounds sterling]200,000 per week ball park figure they have offered both Aubameyang and Mkhitaryan.
Nobody knows the extent of the problem as the defence ministry refuses to give any data although the ball park figure circulating some years ago was 20 per cent.
He noted that there are now more than 2,000 Indian students enrolled in health-related and medicine programs in schools in the Philippines, an increase from a ball park figure of 300 five years ago.

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