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optimal

[op-tuh-muh l] /ˈɒp tə məl/
adjective
1.
optimum (def 3).
Origin of optimal
1885-1890
1885-90; optim(um) + -al1
Related forms
optimally, adverb
superoptimal, adjective
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optimal

/ˈɒptɪməl/
adjective
1.
another word for optimum (sense 2)
Derived Forms
optimality, noun
optimally, adverb
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Word Origin and History for optimal
adj.

"most favorable," 1890, from Latin optimus (see optimum). Originally a word in biology. Related: Optimally.

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optimal in Technology

1. Describes a solution to a problem which minimises some cost function. Linear programming is one technique used to discover the optimal solution to certain problems.
2. Of code: best or most efficient in time, space or code size.
(1995-10-05)
The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010 http://foldoc.org
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