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Approximation vs. Approximant

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Approximationnoun

The act, process or result of approximating.

Approximantnoun

(phonetics) A consonant sound made by slightly narrowing the vocal tract, while still allowing a smooth flow of air. Liquids and glides are approximants.

Approximationnoun

(mathematics) An imprecise solution or result that is adequate for a defined purpose.

Approximantnoun

(mathematics) An approximation to the solution of a function, series, etc.

Approximationnoun

(medicine) The act of bringing together the edges of tissue to be sutured.

Approximant

Approximants are speech sounds that involve the articulators approaching each other but not narrowly enough nor with enough articulatory precision to create turbulent airflow. Therefore, approximants fall between fricatives, which do produce a turbulent airstream, and vowels, which produce no turbulence.

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Approximationnoun

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.’;

Approximationnoun

An approach to a correct estimate, calculation, or conception, or to a given quantity, quality, etc.

Approximationnoun

A continual approach or coming nearer to a result; as, to solve an equation by approximation.

Approximationnoun

an approximate calculation of quantity or degree or worth;

‘an estimate of what it would cost’; ‘a rough idea how long it would take’;

Approximationnoun

the quality of coming near to identity (especially close in quantity)

Approximationnoun

an imprecise or incomplete account;

‘newspapers gave only an approximation of the actual events’;

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Approximationnoun

the act of bringing near or bringing together especially the cut edges of tissue

Approximation

An approximation is anything that is intentionally similar but not exactly equal to something else.

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