extremal

[ ik-stree-muh l ]
/ ɪkˈstri məl /

adjective Mathematics.

of or relating to an extremum or the calculation of extrema: an extremal problem.

Nearby words

  1. extraversion,
  2. extravert,
  3. extraverted,
  4. extrema,
  5. extremadura,
  6. extreme,
  7. extreme fighting,
  8. extreme programming,
  9. extreme sport,
  10. extreme unction

Origin of extremal

1400–50; late Middle English. See extrem(um), -al1

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British Dictionary definitions for extremal

extremal

/ (ɪkˈstriːməl) /

noun

maths logic the clause in a recursive definition that specifies that no items other than those generated by the stated rules fall within the definition, as in 1 is an integer, if n is an integer so is n+1, and nothing else is
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