# local maximum

# maximum

[mak-suh-muh m]

- the greatest quantity or amount possible, assignable, allowable, etc.
- the highest amount, value, or degree attained or recorded.
- an upper limit allowed or allowable by law or regulation.
- Mathematics.
- Also called relative maximum, local maximum.the value of a function at a certain point in its domain, which is greater than or equal to the values at all other points in the immediate vicinity of the point.Compare absolute maximum.
- the point in the domain at which a maximum occurs.

- that is a maximum; greatest or highest possible or attained: maximum satisfaction; maximum temperature.
- pertaining to a maximum or maximums.

## Origin of maximum^{}

1730–40; < Latin, noun use of neuter of maximus, superlative of magnus great, large

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# maximum

- the greatest possible amount, degree, etc
- the highest value of a variable quantity
- maths
- a value of a function that is greater than any neighbouring value
- a stationary point on a curve at which the tangent changes from a positive value on the left of this point to a negative value on the rightCompare minimum (def. 4)
- the largest number in a set

- astronomy
- the time at which the brightness of a variable star has its greatest value
- the magnitude of the star at that time

- of, being, or showing a maximum or maximums

Abbreviation: max

## Word Origin

C18: from Latin: greatest (the neuter form used as noun), from magnus great

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## Word Origin and History for local-maximum

# maximum

### n.

1740, from French maximum and directly from Latin maximum (plural maxima), neuter of maximus "greatest," which is superlative of magnus "great, large" (see magnum).

# maximum

### adj.

1834, from maximum (n.).

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# maximum

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- The greatest possible quantity or degree.
- The greatest quantity or degree reached or recorded; the upper limit of variation.
- The time or period during which the highest point or degree is attained.

- Having or being the greatest quantity or the highest degree attained or attainable.
- Of, relating to, or making up a maximum.

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# maximum

[măk′sə-məm]

- The greatest known or greatest possible number, measure, quantity, or degree.
- The greatest value of a mathematical function, if it has such a value.

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