[mak-suh-muh m] /ˈmæk sə məm/
noun, plural maximums, maxima
[mak-suh-muh] /ˈmæk sə mə/ (Show IPA)
the greatest quantity or amount possible, assignable, allowable, etc.
the highest amount, value, or degree attained or recorded.
an upper limit allowed or allowable by law or regulation.
that is a maximum; greatest or highest possible or attained:
maximum satisfaction; maximum temperature.
pertaining to a maximum or maximums.
noun (pl) -mums, -ma (-mə)
the greatest possible amount, degree, etc
the highest value of a variable quantity
of, being, or showing a maximum or maximums
1740, from French maximum and directly from Latin maximum (plural maxima), neuter of maximus “greatest,” which is superlative of magnus “great, large” (see magnum).
1834, from maximum (n.).
maximum max·i·mum (māk’sə-məm)
n. pl. max·i·mums or max·i·ma (-mə)
Plural maximums or maxima
- Maximum breathing capacity
maximum breathing capacity n. Abbr. MBC The volume of gas that can be breathed in 15 seconds when a person breathes as deeply and quickly as possible. Also called maximum voluntary ventilation.
noun 1. a picture postcard to which a stamp can be affixed on the picture side, after which it can be cancelled by the appropriate postal service.
noun, Statistics. 1. a method of estimating population characteristics from a sample by choosing the values of the parameters that will maximize the probability of getting the particular sample actually obtained from the population.
- Maximum maytag mode
storage, humour (From the US brand of washing machine) What a washing machine or, by extension, any hard disk is in when it’s being used so heavily that it’s shaking like an old Maytag with an unbalanced load. If prolonged for any length of time, can lead to disks becoming walking drives. [Jargon File] (1997-07-22)