estimate has definitions from the fields of mathematics,psychology,writing
[ verb ] (mathematics) form an opinion about; judge tentatively; form an estimate of, esp. quantities or time


"I estimate this chicken to weigh at three pounds"

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(Orlin J. Scoville, Part-Time Farming...)

Next , estimate the value of possible earnings of the farm .

Estimate the value of the produce at normal prices .

(Kenneth Allsop, The Bootleggers and Their Era...)

On one of his 1921 ventures he was actually come_upon by a Detective_Sergeant_John_J._Ryan down on his knees with a tool embedded in a labour office safe in the Postal_Telegraph_Building ; the jury wanted better evidence than that and he was acquitted , at a cost of $ 30000 in bribes , it was estimated .

(L. Don Leet and Florence J. Leet, editors, The World of...)

By means of charts showing wave travel times and depths in the ocean at various locations , it is possible to estimate the rate of approach and probable time_of_arrival at Hawaii of a tsunami getting under_way at any spot in the Pacific .

(Kenneth Reiner, "Coping with Runaway Technology"...)

From an initial investment of $ 1200 in 1943 , it has grown , with no additional capital investment , to a present value estimated by some as exceeding $ 10000000 ( we do n't disclose financial figures to the public ) .

[ noun ] (mathematics,psychology) an approximate calculation of quantity or degree or worth


"an estimate of what it would cost" "a rough idea how long it would take"

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(The Dallas Morning News,...)

Daniel termed `` extremely conservative '' his estimate that it would produce 17 million dollars to help erase an anticipated deficit of 63 million dollars at the end of the current fiscal_year next Aug. 31 .

(James A. Ibers et al., "Proton magnetic resonance...)

A number of semiempirical estimates by various workers lead to the conclusion that the **f bond becomes symmetric when the **f bond length is about 2.4 to 2.5 A , but aside from the possible example of nickel dimethylglyoxime there have been no convincing reports of symmetric **f bonds .

(Francis J. Johnston and John E. Willard, "The...)

It was possible to make estimates of the quantum yield by observing the extent of reduction of a uranyl_oxalate actinometer solution illuminated for a known time in a typical reaction cell and making appropriate conversions based on the differences in the absorption_spectra of uranyl_oxalate and of chlorine , and considering the spectral distribution of the light source .

These estimates indicated that the quantum yield for the exchange of chlorine with liquid carbon_tetrachloride at 65 ` is of the order_of_magnitude of unity .

(J. F. Vedder, "Micrometeorites", in Francis S. J...)

From the brightness of the F component of the solar corona and the brightness of the zodiacal_light , an estimate of the particle sizes , concentrations , and spatial distribution can be derived for regions of space near the ecliptic plane .

[ verb ] judge to be probable

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(Raymond C. Binder et al., editors, Proceedings...)

The size of this hot region was estimated by eye .

(J. F. Vedder, "Micrometeorites", in Francis S. J...)

The flux of micrometeorites in the neighborhood of the Earth can be estimated by extrapolation from radar and visual meteor data .

(Clifford H. Pope, The Giant Snakes....)

Another approach is to estimate from the rate_of_growth and the smallest size at maturity .

(Jacob Robbins et al., "The thyroid-stimulating...)

At the present_time we do not know by what biochemical_mechanism TSH acts_on the thyroid , but for bio-assay of the hormone there are a number of properties by which its activity may be estimated , including release of iodine from the thyroid , increase in thyroid weight , increase in mean height of the follicular cells and increase in the thyroidal uptake of * * f .

[ noun ] a judgment of the qualities of something or somebody




"many factors are involved in any estimate of human life" "in my estimation the boy is innocent"

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(Jack Kaplan, "The Health Machine Menace: Therapy by...)

In this sense , authorities believe that all estimates of phony device quackery are conservative .

[ noun ] (writing) a document appraising the value of something (as for insurance or taxation)

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(Edward Austin Walton, "On Education for the Interior...)

Furnishes complete cost estimates for clients approval .

(Robert Heinlein, Stranger in a Strange Land....)

Part of the time saved was spent on a preliminary estimate for a long-distance plan to free bound oxygen in the sands of Mars to make the planet more friendly to future human generations .

[ noun ] a statement indicating the likely cost of some job


"he got an estimate from the car repair shop"

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(Douglas Ashford, "Elections in Morocco: Progress...)

The registration figures given in Table 2 must be interpreted with caution since the estimate for eligible electors were made without the benefit of a reliable census .

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[ noun ] the respect with which a person is held




"they had a high estimation of his ability"

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