Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The least possible quantity or degree.
  • noun The lowest degree or amount reached or recorded; the lower limit of variation.
  • noun A lower limit permitted by law or other authority.
  • noun A sum of money set by a nightclub or restaurant as the least amount each patron must spend on food and drink.
  • noun The smallest number in a finite set of numbers.
  • noun A value of a function that is less than any other value of the function over a specific interval.
  • adjective Of, consisting of, or representing the lowest possible amount or degree permissible or attainable.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun 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 the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun The least quantity assignable, admissible, or possible, in a given case; hence, a thing of small consequence; -- opposed to maximum.
  • noun a thermometer for recording the lowest temperature since its last adjustment.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun The lowest limit.
  • noun The smallest amount.
  • noun astronomy A period of minimum brightness or energy intensity (of a star).
  • noun analysis A lower bound of a set which is also an element of that set.
  • noun statistics The smallest member of a batch or sample or the lower bound of a probability distribution.
  • adjective To the lowest degree.

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

  • noun the smallest possible quantity
  • adjective the least possible
  • noun the point on a curve where the tangent changes from negative on the left to positive on the right

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Latin, from neuter of minimus, least; see mei- in Indo-European roots.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Latin minimus ("least, smallest")

Examples

  • There are some misconceptions about the use of the term minimum unit pricing...

    Telegraph.co.uk - Telegraph online, Daily Telegraph, Sunday Telegraph

  • As a measure that everyone could recognize, clinicians and researchers used the minimum amount of drug needed to kill bacteria, expressed as milligrams of drug per liter of blood, which they called the minimum inhibitory concentration, or MIC for short.

    SUPERBUG

  • As a measure that everyone could recognize, clinicians and researchers used the minimum amount of drug needed to kill bacteria, expressed as milligrams of drug per liter of blood, which they called the minimum inhibitory concentration, or MIC for short.

    SUPERBUG

  • As a measure that everyone could recognize, clinicians and researchers used the minimum amount of drug needed to kill bacteria, expressed as milligrams of drug per liter of blood, which they called the minimum inhibitory concentration, or MIC for short.

    SUPERBUG

  • There is what we call a minimum equipment list of a certain number of oxygen canisters that are required for every size of every airplane.

    CNN Transcript Feb 25, 2008

  • In a report titled “The Endgame,” the VPC offered what they described as minimum standards.

    Outgunned

  • In a report titled “The Endgame,” the VPC offered what they described as minimum standards.

    Outgunned

  • In a report titled “The Endgame,” the VPC offered what they described as minimum standards.

    Outgunned

  • Mngadi said tribal communities would no longer be satisfied with what he described as minimum royalties.

    ANC Daily News Briefing

  • There are no jobs hiding away in corners, and what jobs there are when you've got little experience and no qualifications are short term minimum wage jobs that may well see you off the dole for a few months before being dumped back.

    The Guardian World News

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