ansatz

noun
an·​satz | \ ˈän-ˌsäts How to pronounce ansatz (audio) \
plural ansatzes

Definition of ansatz

: 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.

First Known Use of ansatz

1942, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for 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 on entry 1, set entry 1

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