- 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.
- 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.
- that is a maximum; greatest or highest possible or attained: maximum satisfaction; maximum temperature.
- pertaining to a maximum or maximums.
Origin of maximum
Related Wordsceiling, peak, maximal, superlative, top, outside, ultimate, best, uttermost, culmination, apogee, utmost, preeminence, zenith, record, extremity, height, supremacy, apex, summit
Examples from the Web for maximum
Tax evasion carries a maximum penalty of five years, and thus it seems likely that Grimm would be covered by the provision.The Felon Who Wouldn’t Leave Congress
Ben Jacobs, David Freedlander
December 23, 2014
When these single-aisle models were introduced, the maximum seating averaged around 160 seats.Flying Coach Is the New Hell: How Airlines Engineer You Out of Room
November 25, 2014
It was thought essential to strike hard and fast with maximum force in order to achieve quick, decisive victory.Barbara Tuchman’s ‘The Guns of August’ Is Still WWI’s Peerless Chronicle
James A. Warren
September 29, 2014
The jet is “redlined” at Mach 2, but structurally it can reach a maximum speed of Mach 2.25.Exclusive Pictures of Stealth Jet Raid on Syria
September 25, 2014
Bodenheimer, who is 71 and a father of 14 and grandfather of 100, faces a maximum sentence of 25 years.This 'Holy Guy'—and Grandfather of 100—Is Accused of Sexually Abusing a Student
September 9, 2014
Fifty lashes is a maximum punishment, inflicted only for the gravest crimes.The Leopard Woman
Stewart Edward White
Rhododendron maximum, L. (mountain laurel of North America).
The maximum that could be drawn for maintenance was not less than seventy per cent.Freeland
The motor on the locomotive as a maximum 1½ horse-power when so much is needed.
Nebraska has just adopted a maximum tariff law for the control of her roads.The Railroad Question
- the greatest possible amount, degree, etc
- the highest value of a variable quantity
- 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
- of, being, or showing a maximum or maximums
Word Origin and History 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.).
- 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.
- Having or being the greatest quantity or the highest degree attained or attainable.
- Of, relating to, or making up a maximum.
- The greatest known or greatest possible number, measure, quantity, or degree.
- The greatest value of a mathematical function, if it has such a value.