|1.||almost accurate or exact|
|2.||inexact; rough; loose: only an approximate fit|
|3.||much alike; almost the same|
|4.||near; close together|
|6.||maths See accurate to find an expression for (some quantity) accurate to a specified degree|
|[C15: from Late Latin approximāre, from Latin proximus nearest, from prope near]|
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.