maximum vs minimum

maximum

Definitions

noun

  1. the largest possible quantity
  2. the point on a curve where the tangent changes from positive on the left to negative on the right
  3. the greatest possible degree

adjective

  1. the greatest or most complete or best possible

Examples

Take the maximum draw weight of the bow required and multiply this by a factor of 5.

Reaching a maximum height of 56cm the pygmy goat is essentially a pet.

The war-time legacy of the five-shilling legal maximum on restaurant bills was an open cheque for profiteers to pose as restaurateurs.

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minimum

Definitions

noun

  1. the smallest possible quantity
  2. the point on a curve where the tangent changes from negative on the left to positive on the right

adjective

  1. the least possible

Examples

WorldCom promises not to impose a minimum call charge and no set up or monthly rental fee.

Employers and business groups contend that a higher minimum wage would saddle them with higher labor costs.

At a minimum, the Bush administration had better step up its promotion of the economy's current sizzling performance.

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