noun an·satz \ˈän-ˌsäts\

Definition of ansatz



  1. :  an initial estimate of the solution to a mathematical or technical problem that is used to guide work to a more precise answer This schematic picture suggests that the surface flux distribution is coupled to the solar rotation. It is an appealing ansatz for describing part of the temperature data in Fig. 1B. — J. R. Kuhn et al.

Origin and Etymology of ansatz

borrowed from German, “beginning, initial statement, estimate,” noun derivative of ansetzen “to put to, fix, set, estimate,” from an “on, at” (going back to Old High German ana) + setzen “to set, place,” going back to Old High German sezzen — more at 1on, 1set

First Known Use: 1942

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