Definition of approximant
- The initial consonant in raw is also an approximant, at least for those speakers of English who do not trill or flap the r.
- —John Clark et al., An Introduction to Phonetics and Phonology, 2007
- While the expression n/log n is a fairly simple approximation for π(n), it is not terribly close, and mathematicians have been interested in improving it. Of course, one does this at the price of complicating the approximant.
- —Philip J. Davis, The Mathematical Experience, 1999