noun, plural op·ti·ma [op-tuh-muh] /ˈɒp tə mə/, op·ti·mums.
- optimum dose,
- optimum population,
- option money,
Origin of optimum
Examples from the Web for optimum
As for the search, which will soon resume, Soelisto confessed that “the capability of our equipment is not optimum.”
One reason for that is filmmakers shot with 16mm lenses on hand-cranked cameras for optimum authenticity.
Even salt is chemically broken down and rebuilt for optimum flavor.
I read Anthropometry of Algerian Women and Optimum Handle Height for a Push-Pull Type Manually Operated Dryland Weeder.
The last two years was sort of the optimum personal fun, because we were the majority.
At an optimum temperature it reaches its greatest amplitude, and, again, beyond a maximum temperature it is very much reduced.Response in the Living and Non-Living|Jagadis Chunder Bose
My cousin, young Denny Swinton, was to dine with me that evening at the Optimum.Phroso|Anthony Hope
This optimum condition cannot be secured except by the forced growth as the result of the heading back.
The temperature minimum and optimum varies in different tissues.Life Movements in Plants, Volume II, 1919|Sir Jagadis Chunder Bose
In isolating certain bacteria, advantage is taken of the fact that different species vary in their optimum temperature.The Elements of Bacteriological Technique|John William Henry Eyre
noun plural -ma (-mə) or -mums
Word Origin for optimum
1879, from Latin optimum, neuter singular of optimus "best" (used as a superlative of bonus "good"), probably related to ops "power, resources" (in which case the evolution is from "richest" to "the most esteemed," thus from PIE root *op- "to work") or to ob "in front of," with superlative suffix *-tumos. Originally in biology, in reference to "conditions most favorable" (for growth, etc.). As an adjective from 1885.