Meaning of MAXIMUM in English


I. ˈmaksəməm noun

( plural maximums -səməmz ; or maxi·ma -səmə)

Etymology: Latin, neuter of maximus greatest, largest — more at maxim

1. : the greatest quantity or value attainable in a given case : the greatest value attained by a quantity that first increases and then begins to decrease : the highest point or degree : the time or period of highest, greatest, or utmost development — opposed to minimum

2. : an upper limit allowed by law or other authority


a. : a number not less than any other number of a finite set of numbers

b. : a value of a mathematical function of one or more independent variables such that either increasing or decreasing any one of the independent variables by a sufficiently small amount results in a decrease in the function

II. adjective

1. : greatest in quantity or highest in degree attainable or attained

maximum pressure

2. : relating to, marking, or determining a maximum

maintaining a steady maximum line on the graph

Webster's New International English Dictionary.      Новый международный словарь английского языка Webster.