noun (plural maxima /-mə/ or maximums)
- The greatest amount, extent, or intensity possible, permitted, or recorded: the school takes a maximum of 32 pupils production levels are near their maximumMore example sentences
- In the meantime we will all be carrying on our activities to the maximum possible within the law.
- It can boost our body's temperature to the maximum to coincide with the demands of the day.
- Whilst farmers now produce to the maximum - 18m tons - the EU consumes 12.5m tons a year.
adjective[attributive] Back to top
- As great, high, or intense as possible or permitted: the vehicle’s maximum speed a maximum penalty of ten years' imprisonmentMore example sentences
- And this maximum possible speed is the velocity of light.
- Although the light beam is traveling toward us at the maximum speed possible, it cannot keep up with the stretching of space.
- Under this plan, the average longevity of a genus is halfway between the minimum and the maximum possible.
mid 17th century (as a noun): from modern Latin, neuter (used as a noun) of the Latin adjective maximus, superlative of magnus 'great'. The adjectival use dates from the early 19th century.