Definition for maxima (2 of 2)
noun, plural max·i·mums, max·i·ma [mak-suh-muh] /ˈmæk sə mə/.
- 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.
Origin of maximum
Related formsmax·i·mum·ly, adverbsub·max·i·mum, adjective
Examples from the Web for maxima
Among other maxima, the price of a pair of sheets, to "sleep not more than five persons," was to be five deniers (a penny).The Story of Paris|Thomas Okey
Maxima, satisfied, yet not happy, sees a great commonwealth grow up around him.The Little Lady of Lagunitas|Richard Henry Savage
A very curious circumstance has come to light in connection with the epochs of maxima and minima.The Story of the Solar System|George F. Chambers
Maxima illecebra est peccandi impunitatis spes—The greatest incitement to guilt is the hope of sinning with impunity.
Prop. 27 contains a theorem relating to the theory of maxima and minima.
British Dictionary definitions for maxima (1 of 2)
British Dictionary definitions for maxima (2 of 2)
noun plural -mums or -ma (-mə)
- 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
- the time at which the brightness of a variable star has its greatest value
- the magnitude of the star at that time