• WordNet 3.6
    • adj maximum the greatest or most complete or best possible "maximal expansion","maximum pressure"
    • n maximum the greatest possible degree "he tried his utmost"
    • n maximum the point on a curve where the tangent changes from positive on the left to negative on the right
    • n maximum the largest possible quantity
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: A leech can gorge itself up to a maximum of five times its body weight
    • a Maximum Greatest in quantity or highest in degree attainable or attained; as, a maximum consumption of fuel; maximum pressure; maximum heat.
    • n Maximum 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. "Good legislation is the art of conducting a nation to the maximum of happiness, and the minimum of misery."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The maximum length allowed for a baseball bat in the major leagues is 42 inches.
    • n maximum The greatest amount, quantity, or degree; the utmost extent or limit: opposed to minimum, the smallest.
    • n maximum In mathematics, that value of a function at which it ceases to increase and begins to decrease.
    • maximum Greatest: as, the maximum velocity.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: When the income tax first started in 1861, the maximum tax was 3%.
    • adj Maximum maks′i-mum the greatest
    • Maximum (n.) the greatest number, quantity, or degree: the highest point reached:
    • Maximum (math.) the value of a variable when it ceases to increase and begins to decrease:—pl. Max′ima:—opp. to Minimum
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  • Les Brown
    “Just because Fate doesn?t deal you the right cards, it doesn?t mean you should give up. It just means you have to play the cards you get to their maximum potential.”
  • Hilton Kramer
    Hilton Kramer
    “The more minimal the art, the more maximum the explanation.”
  • Brian Tracy
    “When you engage in systematic, purposeful actin, using and stretching your abilities to the maximum, you cannot help but feel positive and confident abut yourself.”
  • Dame Edna Everage
    Dame Edna Everage
    “My mother used to say that there are no strangers, only friends you haven't met yet. She's now in a maximum security twilight home in Australia.”
  • Germaine Greer
    “Probably the only place where a man can feel really secure is in a maximum security prison, except for the imminent threat of release.”
  • Quentin Crisp
    “Living en famille provides the strongest motives for rudeness combined with the maximum opportunity for displaying it.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L., neut. from maximus, the greatest. See Maxim


In literature:

Further, minke whales rarely reach 30 feet (9.1 m) in maximum length.
"Whales, Dolphins, and Porpoises of the Western North Atlantic" by Stephen Leatherwood
The maximum working-day for women is eight hours.
"The Modern Woman's Rights Movement" by Kaethe Schirmacher
You ask what the maximum costs would be.
"Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 93. September 17, 1887" by Various
I have concentrated our attention upon that region of maximum congestion and conflict.
"The Salvaging Of Civilisation" by H. G. (Herbert George) Wells
The maximum weight was 16 loth, and the maximum charge was not to exceed six times letter rate.
"The Development of Rates of Postage" by A. D. Smith
At first a maximum of 40 deg.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 2, Slice 3" by Various
And we consider that maturity is reached when intellect is at its maximum.
"History of the Intellectual Development of Europe, Volume II (of 2)" by John William Draper
That he held to be good which gives the maximum of pleasure.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 2, Slice 5" by Various
The maximum lift is 32 feet, or about four feet higher than at any other locks now in use.
"The Panama Canal" by J. Saxon Mills
The latter number remained the maximum for twenty-four years.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 2, Slice 6" by Various

In news:

Mark Robson designed his Sakura seating for Sifas with maximum flexibility in mind, and we mean that literally.
This program has reached maximum capacity.
Ultra-miniature pressure regulators have a maximum width of 1 1 /32 in.
And maximum height of 1 in.
For example, if a light uses 10 LEDs with a maximum output rating of 100 lumens , the raw lumen output would be 1,000 lumens (10 x 100 = 1,000).
Six daily bag includes 4- mallard maximum.
Maximum benefit 1 day 21 hrs ago.
He faces a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison.
Does the retina respond primarily to the maximum myopic blur presented to the periphery, or is it more important to present myopic blur to the greatest area of the retina.
As a result, Tuttle's 11 groundwater wells were producing water with between 9 to 14 parts per million (ppm) of nitrate —compared to the 10-ppm maximum.
A Bay Area car dealer refused to honor a repair warranty because it says the driver had surpassed the maximum number of miles allowed.
Built-in duplexer and 350-sheet capacity standard, with 830-sheet maximum.
Lauderdale Lakes tax rate stays steady, near maximum allowed.
The hurricane has maximum sustained winds of 90 mph.
It has maximum sustained winds of 80 mph and is moving north-northwest at 7 mph.

In science:

Maximum Entropy and Maximum Likelihood tasks are defined.
Minimax Entropy and Maximum Likelihood. Complementarity of tasks, identity of solutions
There exists observational evidence which shows that sunspot strength and size is maximum during the solar maximum (around 5.5 years after the start of a new cycle) and decreases progressively till the minimum (Tang, Howard, and Adkins 1984).
Characteristics Of A Magnetic Buoyancy Driven Solar Dynamo Model
The maximum resolution (and also the MA) fractions always have maximum rank equal to m.
Minimum aberration designs of resolution III
Spiral-based scaling factors in LSB galaxies generally produce maximum disk velocities that are high but still within the maximum allowed by the circular velocity curve (e.g.
On the Spiral Structure of NGC 2915 and Dark Matter
A meet-irreducible element of the lattice of the tilings of D is characterized by a unique pair (v , h(v)) where v is the only vertex in the interior of D on which the height function admits a local maximum and h(v) is the value of this local maximum.
An optimal algorithm to generate tilings