absolute maximum

noun

mathematics
: the largest value that a mathematical function can have over its entire curve (see curve entry 3 sense 5a)
The absolute maximum on the graph occurs at x = d, and the absolute minimum of the graph occurs at x = a.W. Michael Kelley, The Complete Idiots Guide To Calculus, 2002
compare maximum sense 3b

Word History

First Known Use

1810, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of absolute maximum was in 1810

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“Absolute maximum.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/absolute%20maximum. Accessed 22 Jun. 2024.

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