Approximant Definition

ə-prŏksə-mənt
noun
A speech sound, such as a glide or liquid, produced by narrowing but not blocking the vocal tract, as by placing an articulator, such as the tongue, near another part of the vocal tract.
American Heritage

(phonetics) A consonant sound made by slightly narrowing the vocal tract, while still allowing a smooth flow of air. Liquids and glides are approximants.

Wiktionary

(mathematics) An approximation to the solution of a function, series, etc.

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Other Word Forms of Approximant

Noun

Singular:
approximant
Plural:
approximants

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