Used to show that something is almost, but not completely, accurate or exact; roughly,
Used to show that something is almost, but not completely, accurate or exact; roughly
a journey of approximately two hours
(of quantities) imprecise but fairly close to correct; "lasted approximately an hour"; "in just about a minute"; "he's about 30 years old"; "I've had about all I can stand"; "we meet about once a month"; "some forty people came"; "weighs around a hundred pounds"; "roughly $3,000"; "holds 3 ...
An approximation is an inexact representation of something that is still close enough to be useful. Although approximation is most often applied to numbers, it is also frequently applied to such things as mathematical functions, shapes, and physical laws.
imprecise but close to in quantity or amount
A tilde before a number used to mean "approximately". Example: "Jesus was born ~100 years ago."
normal distributions occur in many situations, as a result of the central limit theorem. When there is reason to suspect the presence of a large number of small effects acting additively and independently, it is reasonable to assume that observations will be normal. ...