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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The greatest possible quantity or degree.
  • n. The greatest quantity or degree reached or recorded; the upper limit of variation.
  • n. The time or period during which the highest point or degree is attained.
  • n. An upper limit permitted by law or other authority.
  • n. Astronomy The moment when a variable star is most brilliant.
  • n. Astronomy The magnitude of the star at such a moment.
  • n. Mathematics The greatest value assumed by a function over a given interval.
  • n. Mathematics The largest number in a set.
  • adj. Having or being the greatest quantity or the highest degree that has been or can be attained: maximum temperature.
  • adj. Of, relating to, or making up a maximum: a maximum number in a series.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The highest limit.
  • n. The greatest value of a set or other mathematical structure, especially the global maximum or a local maximum of a function.
  • n. An upper bound of a set which is also an element of that set.
  • n. The largest value of a batch or sample or the upper bound of a probability distribution.
  • n. A 147 break; the highest possible break.
  • n. A score of 180 with three darts.
  • n. A scoring shot for 6 runs.
  • adj. To the highest degree.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Greatest in quantity or highest in degree attainable or attained
  • n. The greatest quantity or value attainable in a given case; or, the greatest value attained by a quantity which first increases and then begins to decrease; the highest point or degree; -- opposed to minimum.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The greatest amount, quantity, or degree; the utmost extent or limit: opposed to minimum, the smallest.
  • n. In mathematics, that value of a function at which it ceases to increase and begins to decrease.
  • Greatest: as, the maximum velocity.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. the greatest or most complete or best possible
  • n. the greatest possible degree
  • n. the largest possible quantity
  • n. the point on a curve where the tangent changes from positive on the left to negative on the right

Etymologies

Latin, from neuter of maximus, greatest; see meg- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
French from Latin maximum. (Wiktionary)

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