maximum

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max·i·mum

noun \ˈmak-s(ə-)məm\

: the highest number or amount that is possible or allowed

plural max·i·ma \-sə-mə\ or maximums \-s(ə-)məmz\

Full Definition of MAXIMUM

1
a :  the greatest quantity or value attainable or attained
b :  the period of highest, greatest, or utmost development
2
:  an upper limit allowed (as by a legal authority) or allowable (as by the circumstances of a particular case)
3
:  the largest of a set of numbers; specifically :  the largest value assumed by a real-valued continuous function defined on a closed interval
maximum adjective

Origin of MAXIMUM

Latin, neuter of maximus biggest — more at maxim
First Known Use: 1740

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max·i·mum

noun \ˈmak-s(ə-)məm\   (Medical Dictionary)
plural max·i·ma \-sə-mə\ or maximums

Medical Definition of MAXIMUM

1
a : the greatest quantity or value attainable or attained b : the period of highest, greatest, or utmost development
2
: an upper limit allowed (as by a legal authority) or allowable (as by the circumstances of a particular case)
maximum adjective

maximum

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

In mathematics, a point at which a function's value is greatest. If the value is greater than or equal to all other function values, it is an absolute maximum. If it is merely greater than any nearby point, it is a relative, or local, maximum. In calculus, the derivative equals zero or does not exist at a function's maximum point. Techniques for finding maximum and minimum points motivated the early development of calculus and have made it easier to solve problems such as finding the dimensions of a container that will hold the most for a given amount of material used to make it. See also minimum, optimization.

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