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Approximation


APPROXIMA'TION, noun

1. Approach; a drawing, moving or advancing near.

2. In arithmetic and algebra, a continual approach or coming nearer and nearer to a root or other quantity, without being able perhaps ever to arrive at it.

3. In medicine, communication of disease by contact.

4. A mode of cure by transplanting a disease into an animal or vegetable by immediate contact.