noun Mathematics.

  1. maximum(def 4a).

noun, plural max·i·mums, max·i·ma [mak-suh-muh] /ˈmæk sə mə/.

  1. the greatest quantity or amount possible, assignable, allowable, etc.
  2. the highest amount, value, or degree attained or recorded.
  3. an upper limit allowed or allowable by law or regulation.
  4. Mathematics.
    1. Also called relative maximum, local maximum.the value of a function at a certain point in its domain, which is greater than or equal to the values at all other points in the immediate vicinity of the point.Compare absolute maximum.
    2. the point in the domain at which a maximum occurs.


  1. that is a maximum; greatest or highest possible or attained: maximum satisfaction; maximum temperature.
  2. pertaining to a maximum or maximums.

noun plural -mums or -ma (-mə)

  1. the greatest possible amount, degree, etc
  2. the highest value of a variable quantity
  3. maths
    1. a value of a function that is greater than any neighbouring value
    2. a stationary point on a curve at which the tangent changes from a positive value on the left of this point to a negative value on the rightCompare minimum (def. 4)
    3. the largest number in a set
  4. astronomy
    1. the time at which the brightness of a variable star has its greatest value
    2. the magnitude of the star at that time


  1. of, being, or showing a maximum or maximums

1740, from French maximum and directly from Latin maximum (plural maxima), neuter of maximus “greatest,” which is superlative of magnus “great, large” (see magnum).


1834, from maximum (n.).

n. pl. max•i•mums

  1. The greatest possible quantity or degree.
  2. The greatest quantity or degree reached or recorded; the upper limit of variation.
  3. The time or period during which the highest point or degree is attained.


  1. Having or being the greatest quantity or the highest degree attained or attainable.
  2. Of, relating to, or making up a maximum.

Plural maximums maxima

  1. The greatest known or greatest possible number, measure, quantity, or degree.
  2. The greatest value of a mathematical function, if it has such a value.

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