# Approximates

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*

The former writers declare that it, “perhaps more than any other, approximates to the true style of Giorgione.”

Giorgione Herbert Cook

Germany has nothing which approximates to a two-Power standard.

The Myth of a Guilty Nation Albert Jay Nock

But his best work and that in which he approximates most nearly to modern views is his account of the origin of society.

Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 17, Slice 5 Various

But he often approximates to the Vampire as we meet him in Western folk-lore.

The Popular Religion and Folk-Lore of Northern India, Vol. I (of 2) W. Crooke

Thus he approximates to the wave theory of light, though he supposed that the transmission of light was instantaneous.

Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 8, Slice 2 Various

It approximates gradually the points of attachment of the thread.

The Insect World Louis Figuier

The development of the locomotive in America approximates its development in England.

The Story of the Pullman Car Joseph Husband

This outline, then, approximates somewhat a portrait of the Loire.

Castles and Chateaux of Old Touraine and the Loire Country Francis Miltoun

The Dew-point apparatus, now discontinued, approximates very closely in its readings to the dry and wet bulb thermometers.

The Edinburgh New Philosophical Journal, Vol. XLIX Various

The animal is about the size of a hare, to which it approximates in form and habits.

Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 5, Slice 5 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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