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  • to a zeroth approximation
    [from `to a first approximation'] A *really* sloppy approximation; a wild guess. Compare {social science number}.


  •  View Definition: black magic 

    black magic


    n. A technique that works, though nobody really understands why. More obscure than voodoo programming, which may be done by cookbook. Compare also black art, {deep magic}, and magic number (sense 2).