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 Words for maximaceiling, peak, maximal, superlative, top, outside, ultimate, best, uttermost, culmination, apogee, utmost, preeminence, zenith, record, extremity, height, supremacy, apex, summit
Examples from the Web for maxima
Historical Examples of maxima
Maxima of color and their gradation to white, black, and gray.A Color Notation
Albert H. Munsell
Averages of masses have been studied more than averages of maxima and minima.The Professor at the Breakfast Table
Oliver Wendell Holmes (Sr.)
Of the foot and squires, it is said, the most part (maxima pars) was not slain.The Bruce
All four terms, it will be seen, have maxima at some hour between 0h.
The word gourd is also used in English for Cucurbita maxima.Origin of Cultivated Plants
Alphonse De Candolle
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
Word Origin for maximum
1740, from French maximum and directly from Latin maximum (plural maxima), neuter of maximus "greatest," which is superlative of magnus "great, large" (see magnum).
1834, from maximum (n.).