Given a sequence of linear forms
in m ≥ 2 complex or p-adic numbers α1, …,αm ∈ Kv with appropriate growth conditions, Nesterenko proved a lower bound for the dimension d of the vector space Kα1 + ··· + Kαm over K, when K = Q and v is the infinite place. We shall generalize Nesterenko's dimension estimate over number fields K with appropriate places v, if the lower bound condition for |Rn| is replaced by the determinant condition. For the q-series approximations also a linear independence measure is given for the d linearly independent numbers. As an application we prove that the initial values F(t), F(qt), …, F(qm−1t) of the linear homogeneous q-functional equation
where N = N(q, t), Pi = Pi(q, t) ∈ K[q, t] (i = 1, …, m), generate a vector space of dimension d ≥ 2 over K under some conditions for the coefficient polynomials, the solution F(t) and t, q ∈ K*.