Max"i*mum (?), n.; pl. Maxima (#). [L., neut. from maximus the greatest. See Maxim.]

The greatest quantity or value attainable in a given case; or, the greatest value attained by a quantity which first increases and then begins to decrease; the highest point or degree; -- opposed to minimum.

Good legislation is the art of conducting a nation to the maximum of happiness, and the minimum of misery. P. Colquhoun.

Maximum thermometer, a thermometer that registers the highest degree of temperature attained in a given time, or since its last adjustment.


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Max"i*mum, a.

Greatest in quantity or highest in degree attainable or attained; as, a maximum consumption of fuel; maximum pressure; maximum heat.


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