Maximum meaning

măksə-məm
(math.) The largest of a specified set of real numbers.
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(mathematics) The greatest value of a set or other mathematical structure, especially the global maximum or a local maximum of a function.
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(statistics) The largest value of a batch or sample or the upper bound of a probability distribution.
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The definition of maximum is the largest number or highest number of something that is permissible or possible.

When you are going as fast a the car will possibly allow, this is an example of reaching the maximum speed.

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Having or being the greatest quantity or the highest degree that has been or can be attained.

Maximum temperature.

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Of, relating to, or making up a maximum.

A maximum number in a series.

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The greatest quantity, number, or degree possible or permissible.
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The highest degree or point (of a varying quantity, as temperature) reached or recorded; upper limit of variation.
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Greatest possible, permissible, or reached.
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Of, marking, or setting a maximum or maximums.
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The greatest known or greatest possible number, measure, quantity, or degree.
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(colloquial, snooker) A 147 break; the highest possible break.
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(colloquial, darts) A score of 180 with three darts.
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(colloquial, cricket) A scoring shot for 6 runs.
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To the highest degree.

Use the proper dose for the maximum effect.

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An upper limit permitted by law or other authority.
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The greatest value of a mathematical function, if it has such a value.
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(analysis) An upper bound of a set which is also an element of that set.
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Origin of maximum

  • Latin from neuter of maximus greatest meg- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • French from Latin maximum.

    From Wiktionary