from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The least possible quantity or degree.
- n. The lowest degree or amount reached or recorded; the lower limit of variation.
- n. A lower limit permitted by law or other authority.
- n. A sum of money set by a nightclub or restaurant as the least amount each patron must spend on food and drink.
- n. Mathematics The smallest number in a finite set of numbers.
- n. Mathematics A value of a function that is less than any other value of the function over a specific interval.
- adj. Of, consisting of, or representing the lowest possible amount or degree permissible or attainable.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The lowest limit.
- n. The smallest amount.
- n. A period of minimum brightness or energy intensity (of a star).
- n. A lower bound of a set which is also an element of that set.
- n. The smallest member of a batch or sample or the lower bound of a probability distribution.
- adj. To the lowest degree.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The least quantity assignable, admissible, or possible, in a given case; hence, a thing of small consequence; -- opposed to
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The smallest amount or degree; the least quantity assignable in a given case: opposed to maximum; in mathematics, that pointwhere a function has a less value than for any neighboring values of the variable.
- Of the smallest possible amount or degree; least; smallest: as, a minimum charge.
- Indicating or registering the lowest quantity or degree: as, a minimum thermometer.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the smallest possible quantity
- adj. the least possible
- n. the point on a curve where the tangent changes from negative on the left to positive on the right
Latin, from neuter of minimus, least; see mei-2 in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin minimus ("least, smallest") (Wiktionary)