Math Definitions - Letter E


Definition of Estimate

Definition of Estimate

An estimate is a value that is quite close to the correct value, but is not likely to be exactly the correct value. We usually need to use some thought and/or a calculation to make a good estimate.

For example, Jasmin entered a jelly-bean guessing competition. Rather than make a random guess, she decided to put some thought into it and make an estimate. She counted the number of jellybeans on the top layer in the jar, and found that there were \(23\). She then counted the number of rows, which was \(6\) and multiplied the two numbers together to come up with her estimate of \(6 \times 23 = 138\). Jasmin's guess was the closest to the actual number of \(142\) jelly-beans in the jar, so she won the competition.


The aim of this dictionary is to provide definitions to common mathematical terms. Students learn a new math skill every week at school, sometimes just before they start a new skill, if they want to look at what a specific term means, this is where this dictionary will become handy and a go-to guide for a student.


Year 1 to Year 12 students

Learning Objectives

Learn common math terms starting with letter E

Author: Subject Coach
Added on: 6th Feb 2018

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