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

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Other Words from maximal

maximally adverb

Examples of maximal in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Poverty, by contrast, is a visibly maximal experience. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, "The Pandemic Has Made a Mockery of Minimalism," 23 Apr. 2020 But the company's swift pivot to making face shields suggests that, at a time of maximal uncertainty, Ford's focus on user experience may have improved its odds. Fortune, "Ford’s swift pivot to PPE showcases the automaker’s competitive edge in design," 28 Apr. 2020 There is an intimate yet maximal quality to Roberto Bolaño’s 2666, a masterwork in five parts. New York Times, "New & Noteworthy, From Galileo to ‘Dunces’," 28 Apr. 2020 Instead, the decision seems to have been made to inject drama into The Great British Baking Show by perplexing contestants to a maximal extent. Sophie Gilbert, The Atlantic, "Great British Baking Show," 3 Oct. 2019 Whereas travelers to high-altitudes experience about a 10% to 20% drop in oxygen uptake -- which is the rate at which oxygen can be used by the body during maximal work -- the Mosuo show no deficit. Kristen Rogers, CNN, "Growing up in a high altitude area may lower chronic disease risk, study finds," 23 Apr. 2020 Experienced climbers can use a board to train maximal finger strength, while exercises such as density and recruitment hangs are good for beginners, says Nelson. Hayden Carpenter, Outside Online, "At-Home Strength Training for Rock Climbing," 6 Apr. 2020 For example, in a 2013 study, Schagatay and her colleagues found that two weeks of 10 maximal breath holds per day strengthened the diving response, producing a quicker and more pronounced drop in heart rate. Alex Hutchinson, Outside Online, "The Hidden Link Between Freediving and Mountaineering," 27 Feb. 2020 In other words, short bursts of maximal effort followed by briefer periods of rest. Zachary Lewis, cleveland, "’Fourth Quarter Blitz’ class makes the highlight reel at Browns Fit: Stretching Out," 26 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of maximal

1882, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Maximal.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of maximal

technical : greatest or highest possible


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 maximally (audio) \ adverb

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