optimum

 does not mean greatest or fastest or biggest, as is sometimes thought. It describes the point at which conflicting considerations are reconciled. The optimum flying speed of an aircraft is the speed at which all the many variables that must be taken into account in flying - safety, comfort, fuel consumption, and so on - are most nearly in harmony.

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  • optimum — [ ɔptimɔm ] n. m. et adj. • 1771; mot lat. « le meilleur », superl. neutre de l adj. bonus 1 ♦ État considéré comme le plus favorable pour atteindre un but déterminé ou par rapport à une situation donnée. Optimum du producteur : situation où l… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • Optimum — de Pareto Exemple de frontière d efficacité de Pareto : si les situations préférables sont celles où f1 et f2 sont les plus faibles, le Point C n est pas sur la frontière de Pareto parce qu il est dominé par les points A et B. Les points A… …   Wikipédia en Français

  • optimum — op‧ti‧mum [ˈɒptməm ǁ ˈɑːp ] adjective [only before a noun] the best that is possible, or the most suitable; = optimal: • The optimum size for a bank may be much smaller than previously supposed. • An early sale would allow the company to realize …   Financial and business terms

  • Optimum — Sn günstigster erreichbarer Wert per. Wortschatz fach. (20. Jh.) Entlehnung. Entlehnt aus l. optimum, einer Substantivierung von l. optimus bester . Verb: optimieren; Adjektiv: optimal.    Ebenso nndl. optimum, ne. optimum, nfrz. optimum, nschw.… …   Etymologisches Wörterbuch der deutschen sprache

  • optimum — adj. Best possible or most desirable; usually under a restriction expressed or implied; as, an optimum return on capital; optimum concentration of a drug; an optimum result. Syn: optimal. [WordNet 1.5] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • optimum — {{/stl 13}}{{stl 8}}rz. n ndm {{/stl 8}}{{stl 20}} {{/stl 20}}{{stl 12}}1. {{/stl 12}}{{stl 7}} zespół optymalnych warunków : {{/stl 7}}{{stl 10}}Optimum ekologiczne. Optimum klimatyczne dla określonych gatunków zwierząt. {{/stl 10}}{{stl 20}}… …   Langenscheidt Polski wyjaśnień

  • Optimum — Optimum, die für das Gedeihen einer Population oder eines Individuums günstigste Intensität eines Umweltfaktors (z.B. sehr hohe Salzkonzentration für Salicornia europaea, Gemeiner Queller). Das O. ist der Bereich einer ⇒ ökologischen Valenz, der… …   Deutsch wörterbuch der biologie

  • optimum — n. The most favorable condition, greatest degree, or largest amount possible under given circumstances. [WordNet 1.5] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • optimum — (n.) 1879, from L. optimum, neuter singular of optimus best (used as a superl. of bonus good ), probably related to ops power, resources (in which case the evolution is from richest to the most esteemed ) or to ob in front of, with superlative… …   Etymology dictionary

  • optimum — òptimum m DEFINICIJA 1. ukupnost najpovoljnijih uvjeta ili okolnosti, najviše što se može postići [to je optimum mogućnosti to su najbolje mogućnosti] 2. ekon. najbolji rezultat koji se prema određenom kriteriju i zadanim uvjetima može ostvariti… …   Hrvatski jezični portal

  • Optimum — Optimum: Das Fremdwort für »das Wirksamste; der Bestwert; das Höchstmaß« ist eine Entlehnung des 20. Jh.s aus lat. optimum, dem Neutrum von optimus »bester, hervorragendster« (über etymologische Zusammenhänge vgl. den Artikel ↑ opulent). – Dazu… …   Das Herkunftswörterbuch

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