1. [syn: optimum, optimal]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
optimal \op"ti*mal\, a.
Best possible; most desirable; optimum; as, the optimal
concentration of a drug.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
adj 1: most desirable possible under a restriction expressed or
implied; "an optimum return on capital"; "optimal
concentration of a drug" [syn: optimum, optimal]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
24 Moby Thesaurus words for "optimal":
best, champion, choice, elect, elite, for the best, greatest,
handpicked, matchless, optimum, paramount, peerless, picked, prime,
prize, quintessential, select, supreme, surpassing, unmatchable,
unmatched, unparalleled, unsurpassed, very best
The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (18 March 2015):
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
2. Of code: best or most efficient in time,
space or code size.