approximation approximation  /ə ˌprɑk sə ˈmeɪ ʃən/


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



  1. The planning and practice had a military intensity to them; the attention to detail -- including the close approximation of the uniform of the Brinks' guards -- was near genius.
  2. That's an apt approximation of how many Southeast Asians regard China.
  3. Equipped with a video-camera eye mounted on a telescoping neck, this early approximation of R2-D2 lets you see what it sees, using slide bars to pan and zoom.


  1. A closer look at iBeacons: Location awareness through Bluetooth LE

    One of the many new features coming to iOS 7 that barely got a mention at WWDC is iBeacons. It's Apple's name for Bluetooth Low Energy (also known as Bluetooth Smart), which allows iOS devices to know where they are on a micro-location level. Currently, iOS devices know where they are based on WiFi triangulation or built-in GPS, each of which is an approximation and only accurate to within a few ...
    on June 24, 2013     Source: The Unofficial Apple Weblog

  2. 'If You Give a Mouse a Cookie' review: Kids will eat it up

    What do you get when you mix the Three Stooges with "The Cat in the Hat" and the messy eating style of a rambunctious baby? The closest approximation may be "If You Give a Mouse a Cookie," now back at the Children's Theatre.
    on June 24, 2013     Source: Pioneer Press


    By my approximation, the knife sits in proper proportion to the cutting board: 90-degree angled, blade turned inward and at least two inches separate from the mise-en-place. The thumb-bowls are three in number. Julienned radishes, slivered scallions, and minced garlic in symmetric row.
    on June 21, 2013     Source: San Diego Reader


  1. "When the government signs a deal with a supplier for a specific good at price X, that's the price the government should pay for that good," said Mr. Fortier, a lawyer and former banker. "Where I come from, a price is not an approximation,...
    on May 1, 2008 By: Michael Fortier Source: Globe and Mail

  2. WASHINGTON (Thomson Financial) - The Federal Reserve's rate cut last month was a "first approximation of what might be required to keep the economy on a sustainable growth path", Fed vice-chairman Donald Kohn said today, hinting that there could...
    on Oct 5, 2007 By: Donald Kohn Source: The Foreign Exchange Market

  3. The new partnership will be "a powerful tool to promote deeper cooperation and approximation between Moldova and the EU," said Bildt, whose country holds the EU's rotating presidency, in a statement after talks in Chisinau.
    on Oct 16, 2009 By: Carl Bildt Source: AFP

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