maximum

noun
max·i·mum | \ˈmak-s(ə-)məm \
plural maxima\-sə-mə \ or maximums\-s(ə-)məmz \

Definition of maximum 

1a : 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

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Other Words from maximum

maximum adjective

Synonyms & Antonyms for maximum

Synonyms

max, most, outside

Antonyms

least, minimum

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Tropical Storm Chris was about 290 miles southeast of Nova Scotia early Thursday, with maximum sustained winds of about 70 miles per hour, according to the National Hurricane Center. John Hilliard, BostonGlobe.com, "Beaches reopen, but officials warn swimmers of rip current risk along southern Mass. coast," 12 July 2018 The storm had maximum sustained winds of 85 mph, and was located about 345 miles off the coast of Halifax, Nova Scotia. Hurricane Chris, CBS News, "Hurricane Chris sending risky surf ashore as it swirls off East Coast," 11 July 2018 That storm was centered about 160 miles (260 kilometers) south of Cape Hatteras late Saturday, with maximum sustained winds of 35 mph (55 kph). Danica Coto, Houston Chronicle, "Weakened Beryl moving to Caribbean; Chris forms in Atlantic," 8 July 2018 So Bartleby would favour limiting all interventions to a maximum of 2-3 minutes. The Economist, "Tortured by meetings," 28 June 2018 Trump, meanwhile, has cut U.S. refugee admissions to a maximum of 45,000 a year — half the number under Obama — and is on pace to allow only about 20,000 this year. Bob Egelko, SFChronicle.com, "Travel ban: Ruling a big win for Trump and presidential power," 27 June 2018 With maximum sustained winds of 45 mph, Alberto was moving north at 9 mph. Jennifer Kay, chicagotribune.com, "Storm Alberto strikes Gulf Coast with dangerous surf, heavy rains," 28 May 2018 Alberto, which spun up days before the formal start of the 2018 hurricane season, was moving north at about 13 mph with maximum sustained winds near 40 mph, and higher gusts, on Saturday, the NWS said. Anchorage Daily News, "Storm Alberto closes in on Florida, Alabama and Mississippi," 27 May 2018 The low end of the range is $6.7 million, while the maximum is $31.4 million, according to ethics records. Dave Michaels, WSJ, "Wilbur Ross Sale to Cover Holdings Worth Potentially Tens of Millions," 13 July 2018

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First Known Use of maximum

1663, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for maximum

Latin, neuter of maximus biggest — more at maxim

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maximum

noun

English Language Learners Definition of maximum

: the highest number or amount that is possible or allowed

maximum

noun
max·i·mum | \ˈmak-sə-məm \
plural maxima\-sə-mə \ or maximums

Kids Definition of maximum

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: the highest value : greatest amount We had to pay the maximum.

maximum

adjective

Kids Definition of maximum (Entry 2 of 3)

: as great as possible in amount or degree We work with maximum efficiency.

maximum

adverb

Kids Definition of maximum (Entry 3 of 3)

: at the most … it will only take her two minutes—maximum—to get home.— Betsy Byars, The Computer Nut

maximum

noun
max·i·mum | \ˈmak-s(ə-)məm \
plural maxima\-sə-mə \ or maximums

Medical Definition of maximum 

1a : 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)

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maximum adjective

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