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max

[maks]Slang.
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noun
  1. maximum.
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adjective
  1. maximum.
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adverb
  1. maximally.
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Verb Phrases
  1. max out,
    1. to reach a point at which no more improvement, profit, or benefit can occur; level off: In her last job she maxed out at $25,000 a year.
    2. to reach the limit of one's capacity, endurance, etc.: The sales department has maxed out and needs more personnel to call on new clients.
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Idioms
  1. to the max, to the greatest or furthest degree; totally: That book is disgusting to the max.
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Origin of max

by shortening

Max

[maks]
noun
  1. a male given name, form of Maximilian.
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MAX

Trademark.
  1. Cinemax: a cable television channel.
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max.

  1. maximum.
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Roach

[rohch]
noun
  1. MaxwellMax, 1924–2007, U.S. jazz drummer and bandleader.
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  • Max had new friends, new social obligations; his time was taken up.

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  • "I'm not absolutely useless where I am, you know, Max," he said.

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  • Max, cigarette in hand, was coming across, under the ailanthus tree.

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  • If he ever suspected any lack of finer fiber in Max, he put the thought away.

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  • Max had roused at the sound of Le Moyne's voice, not to suspicion, of course, but to memory.

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British Dictionary definitions for max

max

noun informal
  1. the most significant, highest, furthest, or greatest thing
  2. to the max to the ultimate extent
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See also max out

max.

abbreviation for
  1. maximum
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roach1

noun plural roaches or roach
  1. a European freshwater cyprinid food fish, Rutilus rutilus, having a deep compressed body and reddish ventral and tail fins
  2. any of various similar fishes
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Word Origin

C14: from Old French roche, of obscure origin

roach2

noun
  1. short for cockroach
  2. slang the butt of a cannabis cigarette
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roach3

noun nautical
  1. the amount by which the leech of a fore-and-aft sail projects beyond an imaginary straight line between the clew and the head
  2. the curve at the foot of a square sail
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Word Origin

C18: of unknown origin

Roach

noun
  1. Hal, full name Harald Eugene Roach . 1892–1992, US film producer, whose company produced numerous comedy films in the 1920s and 1930s, including those featuring Harold Lloyd and Laurel and Hardy
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Word Origin and History for max

v.

"to reach the maximum level," by 1986, colloquial, from maximize or related words. Related: Maxed; maxing.

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roach

n.1

shortened form of cockroach, 1837, on mistaken notion that it was a compound. In contemporary writing said to be from a polite desire to avoid the sexual connotation in the first syllable. Meaning "butt of a marijuana cigarette" is first recorded 1938, perhaps from resemblance to the insect, but perhaps a different word entirely.

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roach

n.2

small freshwater fish, c.1200, from Old French roche (13c.), of uncertain origin, perhaps from a Germanic source. Applied to similar-looking fish in North America.

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