ap·prox·i·ma·tion /əˌprɑksəˈmeʃən/ 名詞
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. 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.
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, idea]
2: the quality of coming near to identity (especially close in
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: bringing close together]