Dictionary > Approximation


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. (Science: mathematics) a continual approach or coming nearer to a result; as, to solve an equation by approximation. A value that is nearly but not exactly correct.
Origin: cf. F. Approximation, LL. Approximatio.

You will also like...

Freshwater lake ecosystem
Freshwater Producers and Consumers

Freshwater ecosystem is comprised of four major constituents, namely elements and compounds, plants, consumers, and deco..

An artistic depiction of Dunkleosteus fish

The sea was teeming with life. Eventually, through reproduction and continued variation, fish came about. There are over..

Biological Cell schematic diagram
Biological Cell Introduction

It only takes one biological cell to create an organism. A single cell is able to keep itself functional through its 'mi..

Human Nervous System
The Human Nervous System

The nervous system is essentially a biological information highway. This tutorial gives an overview of the nervous syste..

The Human Physiology
The Human Physiology

Physiology is the study of how living organisms function. Thus, human physiology deals specifically with the physiologic..

A chart depicting Mendel's Law of Dominance
Mendel’s Law & Mendelian Genetics

One of Mendel’s law of inheritance is the “law of dominance”. Read this tutorial to know more about this form of i..