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[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 approximate calculation of quantity or degree or worth; "an estimate of what it would cost"; "a rough idea how long it would take"
[n] an imprecise or incomplete account; "newspapers gave only an approximation of the actual events"

Misc. Definitions

\Ap*prox`i*ma"tion\ n. [Cf. F. approximation, LL. approximatio.]
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.

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