from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The act of lowering something to its smallest value or extent
  • n. The process of finding the minimum value of a function

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act or process of minimizing.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The act or process of minimizing; reduction to the lowest terms or proportions. Also spelled minimisation.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the act of reducing something to the least possible amount or degree or position


Sorry, no etymologies found.


  • Now, minimization is great, and as I say above, there are solid reasons why intelligence surveillance probably needs to shift some oversight and checks from the front-end to the back-end, relative to Title III criminal wiretapping.

    Minimize Me!

  • Error minimization is the subject; how good is the genetic code at minimizing some error function (cost, objective, or fitness function, or whatever ya wanna call it).

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  • Error minimization is a critical point in my view and fertile ground for future blogging.

    Chunkdz Comes Out Smokin

  • TOOBIN: There's a process called minimization that the cops are supposed to do.

    CNN Transcript May 27, 2003

  • But raw transcripts would not necessarily have undergone such editing, called "minimization."

    NYT > Home Page

  • That can lead them to frequently switch recording devices on and off, a process called "minimization."

    Yahoo! News: Business - Opinion

  • It reiterates our previous conclusion that wiring cost minimization, which is related to the physical distance between neurons, is not a dominant factor governing the organization of As developmental processes are believed to play a critical role in determining the structure of the nervous system, we also consider the alternative hypothesis that the structural modules reflect a clustering of neurons that are related in terms of their lineage.

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  • This is a specific kind of minimization, and it sends the same negative message: Your feelings are based on nothing real.

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  • One would think that Gilman should have had to say that the failure to adhere to FISA increased the chance that the calls would be intercepted or that there'd be less "minimization" of anything actually intercepted, so the program caused some increment of fear.

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  • A useful way to look at this process is as a kind of minimization, i.e., an attempt to minimize the extension of a given predicate ( "flight-between," in this case).

    Non-monotonic Logic


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