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.
- max·i·mum·ly, adverb
- sub·max·i·mum, adjective
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How to use maximum in a sentence
This simple sprayer has an hourglass-shaped design which makes it easy to hold and operate and allows for maximum oil storage on the bottom of the container.
One more change impacts all personal and loan apps, requiring them to clearly disclose all loan terms, including, but not limited to, equivalent maximum annual percentage rates and payment due dates.Apple revises App Store rules to permit game streaming apps, clarify in-app purchases and more | Sarah Perez | September 11, 2020 | TechCrunch
The Epson SureColor P800 features a maximum borderless print width of 17-inches at 2880 x 1440 dpi.
When HBO Max’s ad-supported tier does launch, it will carry a maximum of four minutes of ads per hour for episodic programming and two minutes of ads per hour for movies, according to the agency executives.WarnerMedia eyes spring debut for HBO Max’s ad-supported tier | Tim Peterson | September 10, 2020 | Digiday
In this role, which carries the rank of deputy managing editor, she will continue her reporting career while also working with editors and reporters across the newsroom to ensure the development and deployment of staff to maximum effect.ProPublica Announces Six Staff Promotions, Creates New Masthead Team | by ProPublica | September 8, 2020 | ProPublica
Tax evasion carries a maximum penalty of five years, and thus it seems likely that Grimm would be covered by the provision.
Livvix, 30, is now in solitary confinement in the maximum-security Ayalon prison in Ramla, a city near Tel Aviv.The Strange Case of the Christian Zionist Terrorist | Creede Newton | December 14, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
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 | Clive Irving | November 25, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
I recently visited Graterford, a maximum-security state penitentiary in Pennsylvania, 30 miles from Philadelphia.Here’s a Reform Even the Koch Brothers and George Soros Can Agree On | Tina Brown | November 10, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
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 DAILY BEAST
Is the college stage of our present educational system anywhere near its maximum possible efficiency?The Salvaging Of Civilisation | H. G. (Herbert George) Wells
This affords the maximum of riding comfort by the elimination of all jar and jolt occasioned by an uneven roadway.The Wonder Book of Knowledge | Various
If e is given, the above formula serves to determine the maximum range of the slide for different positions of the telescope.Photographs of Nebul and Clusters | James Edward Keeler
(ii) The provision to the maximum extent possible of non-restricted or "U" programmes for children's sessions.Report of the Special Committee on Moral Delinquency in Children and Adolescents | Oswald Chettle Mazengarb et al.
We have first the requirement that a maximum number to be accommodated in each workhouse should be fixed.English Poor Law Policy | Sidney Webb
British Dictionary definitions for maximum
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 right: Compare 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
- Abbreviation: max
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Scientific definitions for 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.
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