# maxima

[mak-suh-muh]

- a plural of maximum.

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## 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.

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

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## Origin of maximum

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

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## Related Words for maxima

ceiling, 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 NotationAlbert H. Munsell

Averages of masses have been studied more than averages of maxima and minima.

The Professor at the Breakfast TableOliver Wendell Holmes (Sr.)

Of the foot and squires, it is said, the most part (maxima pars) was not slain.

The BruceJohn Barbour

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 PlantsAlphonse De Candolle

## maxima

- a plural of maximum

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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

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- of, being, or showing a maximum or maximums

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Abbreviation: max

## Word Origin for maximum

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

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## Word Origin and History for maxima

## 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).

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## maximum

1834, from maximum (n.).

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## maximum

(măk′sə-məm)- 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.

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- 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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