Optimal



[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 solution to certain problems.
2. Of code: best or most efficient in time, space or code size.
(1995-10-05)

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