[op-tuh-muh m] /ˈɒp tə məm/
noun, plural optima
[op-tuh-muh] /ˈɒp tə mə/ (Show IPA), optimums.
the best or most favorable point, degree, amount, etc., as of temperature, light, and moisture for the growth or reproduction of an organism.
the greatest degree or best result obtained or obtainable under specific conditions.
most favorable or desirable; best:
noun (pl) -ma (-mə), -mums
a condition, degree, amount or compromise that produces the best possible result
most favourable or advantageous; best: optimum conditions
1879, from Latin optimum, neuter singular of optimus “best” (used as a superlative of bonus “good”), probably related to ops “power, resources” (in which case the evolution is from “richest” to “the most esteemed,” thus from PIE root *op- “to work”) or to ob “in front of,” with superlative suffix *-tumos. Originally in biology, in reference to “conditions most favorable” (for growth, etc.). As an adjective from 1885.
[op-tuh-muh l] /ˈɒp tə məl/ adjective 1. (def 3). /ˈɒptɪməl/ adjective 1. another word for optimum (sense 2) adj. “most favorable,” 1890, from Latin optimus (see optimum). Originally a word in biology. Related: Optimally. 1. Describes a solution to a problem which minimises some cost function. Linear programming is one technique used to discover the […]
- Optimal flexible architecture
database (OFA) Recommendations for logical and physical allocation of database files to disks. The OFA principles can be summarised as: isolate redo, rollback, temp, data and index files as much as possible. OFA can be combined with SAME (Stripe And Mirror Everything). (2007-02-28)
[op-tuh-muh l] /ˈɒp tə məl/ adjective 1. (def 3). /ˈɒptɪməl/ adjective 1. another word for optimum (sense 2) adj. “most favorable,” 1890, from Latin optimus (see optimum). Originally a word in biology. Related: Optimally.
[op-tuh-mee] /ˈɒp təˌmi/ noun 1. (formerly at Cambridge University, England) a student taking second or third honors in the mathematical tripos. Compare (def 2).