Approximated



near or approaching a certain state, condition, goal, or standard.
nearly exact; not perfectly accurate or correct:
The approximate time was 10 o’clock.
near; close together.
very similar; nearly identical.
to come near to; approach closely to:
to approximate an ideal.
to estimate:
We approximated the distance at three miles.
to simulate; imitate closely:
The motions of the stars can be approximated in a planetarium.
to bring near.
to come near in position, character, amount, etc.
Historical Examples

I think he approximated more nearly to running, that day, than he ever had done in his life before.
Happy Days for Boys and Girls Various

The edges must then be pared and approximated as directed above.
A Manual of the Operations of Surgery Joseph Bell

The modern usage in Dutch and German has approximated to the English.
Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 15, Slice 6 Various

This period we approximated in our last Discourse, and made it out to be about 1,957.
The Lost Ten Tribes, and 1882 Joseph Wild

In addition it has width and breadth, which are approximated by the idea of simultaneity to a certain extent.
Cube Root of Conquest Roger Phillips Graham

This conduct of venery is an ideal that is only approximated.
The Leopard Woman Stewart Edward White

Though no photoplay tableau has yet approximated the brush of Inness, why not attempt to lead Jeanne through an Inness landscape?
The Art Of The Moving Picture Vachel Lindsay

It must be confessed that the latter is often approximated by reality–and everybody knows it.
The Forest Stewart Edward White

At eleven, they had approximated so near each other, that the landsmen employed their musketry, and with effect.
Great Events in the History of North and South America Charles A. Goodrich

Of course, conditions on Earth could be approximated on another planet.
Astounding Stories of Super-Science, November, 1930 Various

adjective (əˈprɒksɪmɪt)
almost accurate or exact
inexact; rough; loose: only an approximate fit
much alike; almost the same
near; close together
verb (əˈprɒksɪˌmeɪt)
(usually foll by to) to come or bring near or close; be almost the same (as)
(maths) to find an expression for (some quantity) accurate to a specified degree See accurate (sense 4)
adj.

early 15c., from Latin approximatus, past participle of approximare “to come near to,” from ad- “to” (see ad-) + proximare “come near,” from proximus “nearest,” superlative of prope “near” (see propinquity).
v.

early 15c., “to bring or put close,” from approximate (adj.). Meaning “to come close” is from 1789. Related: Approximated; approximating.

approximate ap·prox·i·mate (ə-prŏk’sə-māt’)
v. ap·prox·i·mat·ed, ap·prox·i·mat·ing, ap·prox·i·mates
To bring together, as cut edges of tissue. adj. (-mĭt)

Relating to the contact surfaces, either proximal or distal, of two adjacent teeth; proximate.

Close together. Used of the teeth in the human jaw.

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