Find the word definition

Crossword clues for approximately

The Collaborative International Dictionary

Approximately \Ap*prox"i*mate*ly\, adv. With approximation; so as to approximate; nearly.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

1742, from approximate (adj.) + -ly (2).


adv. imprecise but close to in quantity or amount. alt. imprecise but close to in quantity or amount.


adv. (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 gallons, more or less"; "20 or so people were at the party" [syn: about, close to, just about, some, roughly, more or less, around, or so]


Approximately may refer to:

  • Approximation
  • Circa

Usage examples of "approximately".

By suitably increasing the amplitude of vibration of the less sensitive, the two deflections were rendered approximately equal.

The type of human known as Cro-Magnon appeared in Europe approximately 30,000 years ago, and they were anatomically modern.

However, the rare discovery of basketry and other organic material culture has been overshadowed by the fact that the earliest cultural occupations were dated by radiocarbon to approximately 16,000-17,000 years ago.

Whenever it could be approximately told how much the movement had been magnified, this is stated.

He was more alert than Marchand, yet he bore an appearance that placed him at approximately the same age as the master of the house.

Scientists tracking the meteor state that it should land somewhere in the remote upper Amazon basin, possibly near the Peruvian border, but it should be quite low over Rio when it arrives at approximately two-fifteen local time.

The translator tapes, incidentally, are approximately the same size, but this is no help, since the tapes represent pairings of approximate equivelants, and there are several English morphemes not translatable into the language of Priest-Kings, and, as I learned, morphemes in their language for which no English equivelants exist.

Only the multipartite creature, evidently known as a Sturr, seemed more or less preoccupied with the meal before it, but that may have been either because he or she was utterly nonhumanoid, or because approximately half of the creature was seated and eating while the balance of its body parts had crawled over to the buffet table to obtain more food and drink.

You see, by extrapolating from data on known stellar types, I know approximately what this star was like in its palmy days.

Lambert checked his pedometer and announced that they had made approximately eight miles.

I looked down at the Russian-type weapon under my arm: the PPSh41, which stands for, approximately, Pistolet Pulemet Shpagin Type 41, Shpagin being the guy who designed the ugly little beast.

She veered away to the left at approximately thirty degrees to the muchness and trotted forward through the polychromatic hummocks and hillocks, keeping an eye open.

We have two single progs, not entirely quantifiable, but a probability estimation of approximately 82 percent, that the traitor Sten will be killed in this battle.

A special income tax on profits realized by the sale of silver, retroactive for 35 days, which was approximately the period during which the silver purchase bill was before Congress, was held valid.

Harry thought he might have had some trouble recognizing Del Satranji, when the two of them arrived in the common room for dinner at approximately the same time.