American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. The point at which the condition, degree, or amount of something is the most favorable.
- n. Biology The most favorable condition for growth and reproduction.
- adj. Most favorable or advantageous; best.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In botany, one of the three cardinal points of temperature — namely that point at which the metabolic processes are carried on with the greatest activity. “The minimum or zero point is the point at which the performance is just possible; the optimum point, at which it is carried on with the greatest activity; and the maximum point, at which it is arrested.” (Vines.)
- n. The term is applicable not only to the factor of heat, but also to those of light, moisture, etc. The optimum for each several function must be distinguished from the total optimum for the plant, the most intense activity of a function often being injurious. According to Schimper, that condition which secures the highest intensity of a function is its absolute optimum; that which secures its most favorable activity is its harmonic optimum; and the harmonic optima together compose the œcological optimum for the plant.
- Best; most desirable.
- n. The best or most favorable condition, or the greatest amount or degree possible under specific sets of comparable circumstances.
- adj. best or most advantageous; surpassing all others
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Best possible or most desirable; -- usually under a restriction expressed or implied.
- n. The most favorable condition, greatest degree, or largest amount possible under given circumstances.
- n. most favorable conditions or greatest degree or amount possible under given circumstances
- adj. most desirable possible under a restriction expressed or implied
- From New Latin, neuter of Latin optimus ("best, very good"), from root op in ops ("work"), omnis ("all"). (Wiktionary)
- Latin, neuter sing. of optimus, best; see op- in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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“How can consumer attain optimum level of consumption in Cardinal Approach in case of: a. One good consumed.”
“What should be the penalty if the optimum is not met and who should pay it?”
“One never knows if the current optimum is the best, so the search process is often re-seeded randomly across the state space, rather than just a making small variations to the current best solution.”
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“By restoring the vehicle to level ride height, air springs also help ensure that the stock steel springs and the shocks work in optimum conditions.”
“There are studies to show that women who do yoga regularly also tend to change their lifestyle - being calmer, they are less inclined to turn to crap food for relief from mood swings, and they tend to lose weight and maintain optimum weight.”
“A water bottle that filters the water would be absolutely perfect to prevent further illness and obtain optimum health.”
“Ready to sleep in optimum conditions in this roomeverything was designed to facilitate sleep.”
“Therefore the "invisible hand" of a laissez-faire market, or a combined effect of individual decision models, never leads to even a short-term optimum, no matter how defined -- neither at the level of the whole economy, nor at the level of society.”
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