Meaning of MAXIMUM in English


transcription, транскрипция: [ ˈmak-s(ə-)məm ]


( plural max·i·ma -sə-mə ; or maximums -s(ə-)məmz)

Etymology: Latin, neuter of maximus biggest — more at maxim

Date: 1740


a. : 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

• maximum adjective

Merriam-Webster's Collegiate English vocabulary.      Энциклопедический словарь английского языка Merriam Webster.