max·​i·​mal | \ ˈmak-s(ə-)məl How to pronounce maximal (audio) \

Definition of maximal

1 : being an upper limit : highest
2 : most comprehensive : complete

Other Words from maximal

maximally adverb

Examples of maximal in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Continue to push upward with your legs against the resistance of the towel with maximal effort for three to four seconds (isometric phase). Hayden Carpenter, Outside Online, 27 Jan. 2021 The booster does enhance protection against infection for a short time period after it's given, probably with maximal effect from about 10 days to three months. Deblina Chakraborty, CNN, 21 July 2022 Throughout these half-dozen stories, the young British debut author masters a kind of maximal minimalism, piling on details and allusions while stripping away illusions. Nathan Deuel, Los Angeles Times, 20 July 2022 By starting out the dips with maximal load and decreasing it over time, Johnson is dropsetting the movement, enabling himself to continue churning out reps with decent form, and thus get the absolute most bang for his buck in the workout. Philip Ellis, Men's Health, 11 July 2022 This 7-ply maple e-board has a bold, bright design on its grip tape for a maximal look that’ll invite glances from onlookers. Kevin Cortez, Popular Mechanics, 11 July 2022 Thickness and fabric preferences vary, although many runners select thinner models for race day to ensure a secure fit and maximal breathability. Brian Metzler, Outside Online, 8 July 2022 Coasting down to a stop using regen returns the maximal amount of energy to the batteries. John Voelcker, Car and Driver, 1 July 2022 Exercising to maximal activity is not comfortable and can even be nauseating; doing so on a full stomach is a bad idea. Dr. Keith Roach, oregonlive, 17 June 2022 See More

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First Known Use of maximal

1882, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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max·​i·​mal | \ ˈmak-s(ə-)məl How to pronounce maximal (audio) \

Medical Definition of maximal

1 : most complete or effective maximal dental protection maximal vasodilation
2 : being an upper limit the maximal levels achieved with subcutaneous injections— W. S. Hoffman

Other Words from maximal

maximally \ -​ē How to pronounce maximal (audio) \ adverb

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