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from The American HeritageĀ® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The act, process, or result of approximating.
  • n. Mathematics An inexact result adequate for a given purpose.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The act, process or result of approximating.
  • n. An imprecise solution or result that is adequate for a defined purpose.
  • n. The act of bringing together the edges of tissue to be sutured.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act of approximating; a drawing, advancing or being near; approach; also, the result of approximating.
  • n. An approach to a correct estimate, calculation, or conception, or to a given quantity, quality, etc.
  • n.
  • n. A continual approach or coming nearer to a result.
  • n. A value that is nearly but not exactly correct.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The act of approximating; a drawing, moving, or advancing near in space, position, degree, or relation; approach; proximity.
  • n. In mathematics and physical: A continual approach to a true result; the process by which the value of a quantity is calculated with continually increasing exactness without ever being actually ascertained
  • n. A result so obtained; a result which is not rigorously exact, but is so near the truth as to be sufficient for a given purpose.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. an approximate calculation of quantity or degree or worth
  • n. the act of bringing near or bringing together especially the cut edges of tissue
  • n. the quality of coming near to identity (especially close in quantity)
  • n. an imprecise or incomplete account

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