• WordNet 3.6
    • adj optimum most desirable possible under a restriction expressed or implied "an optimum return on capital","optimal concentration of a drug"
    • n optimum most favorable conditions or greatest degree or amount possible under given circumstances
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n optimum 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 optimum 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.
    • optimum Best; most desirable.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Optimum (bot.) that point of temperature at which metabolic—i.e. vegetative and fructificative processes are best carried on
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  • Charles J. Givens
    Charles J. Givens
    “Achieve success in any area of life by identifying the optimum strategies and repeating them until they become habits.”


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. optimus, best.


In literature:

Brandies and wines, tobacco; a long list of other exportable commodities, and optimum markets.
"The Cosmic Computer" by Henry Beam Piper
Furthermore, you yourself realize that there is no optimum point at which any task may be interrupted.
"Skylark Three" by Edward Elmer Smith
It is easy with the few staining fluids that are in use to ascertain the optimum for each.
"Histology of the Blood" by Paul Ehrlich
We would regard five or six couples as the optimum number, but seldom have we enjoyed this luxury.
"Marriage Enrichment Retreats" by David Mace
To work the switch and the safety you must have two hands, or one hand in the optimum position.
"The Lost Kafoozalum" by Pauline Ashwell
The optimum temperature would seem to be about 72 deg.
"The Bacillus of Long Life" by Loudon Douglas
He was in Optimum Pilot's Shape now, the most efficient of the four shapes alloted to the Pilot caste.
"Keep Your Shape" by Robert Sheckley
Heaven is perfect, but Utopia is an engineering optimum, the best-possible-human-techniques.
"Black Man's Burden" by Dallas McCord Reynolds
It had been displaced a full fifteen degrees on the topside of optimum power!
"Spillthrough" by Daniel F. Galouye
Later, the machines cooled the milk to the optimum temperature required to retard spoilage.
"Frying Pan Farm" by Elizabeth Brown Pryor

In news:

Cablevision has launched a new app that lets users find Optimum Wi-Fi hotspots near them.
The app, called the Optimum Wi-Fi hotspot finder , is a free download in the Apple App Store and works on all iOS devices.
Optimum Lightpath lights up 5K NYC metro-area buildings.
Choosing the optimum operator interface.
Evaluating Your Trainers for Optimum Performance.
TRINITY, N.C.-Sealy is holding a promotion centering on this year's Black Friday, Nov 23, to help boost sales for its Optimum line of mattresses.
Beginning yesterday and extending through Nov 26, the company will offer a free boxspring to shoppers who purchase an Optimum mattress.
Calculating The Optimum Performance Combination For Your Drivetrain.
Optimum Lightpath is a business telecommunications services division of Cablevision Systems Corp.
Network Optimum to market SCC's Zemeter S&OP Software Solution in Europe, Africa, the Middle East and the Asia-Pacific Region.
Supply Chain Consultants, Network Optimum Sign International Partnership Agreement.
Corning Inc recently announced that, through a subsidiary, it has signed an agreement to acquire Optimum Manufacturing Corp. For inclusion in its Specialty Materials segment.
Choose the Optimum Transmission Fluid.
TORONTO — Royal Bank of Canada and Canadian pharmacy retailer Shoppers Drug Mart have introduced a new cobranded RBC Shoppers Optimum MasterCard.
In conjunction with the launch, RBC announced its intention to acquire the existing Shoppers Optimum MasterCard credit card portfolio.

In science:

Optimum values for k, z and m are left for future study.
Random Shuffling to Reduce Disorder in Adaptive Sorting Scheme
In this paper, we formulate the conclusive teleportation in d-dimensional Hilbert space, for which we develop the general form of the optimum POVM.
Optimal conclusive teleportation of a d-dimensional unknown state
The change of average optimum fidelity with regard to the relative angle of POVM operators for given entanglement of the quantum channel.
Optimal conclusive teleportation of a d-dimensional unknown state
The arrows indicate the optimum fidelities of conclusive teleportation for given entanglement of the quantum channel.
Optimal conclusive teleportation of a d-dimensional unknown state
The 55Fe source was used to determine for the DC the optimum voltages and for measuring the gas gain and the energy resolution.
Prototype tests for the ALICE TRD