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noun, min·i·mum \ˈmi-nə-məm\

Simple Definition of minimum

  • : the lowest number or amount that is possible or allowed

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of minimum

plural minimaplay \-nə-mə\ or minimums

  1. 1 :  the least quantity assignable, admissible, or possible

  2. 2 :  the least of a set of numbers; specifically :  the smallest value assumed by a continuous function defined on a closed interval

  3. 3 a :  the lowest degree or amount of variation (as of temperature) reached or recorded b :  the lowest speed allowed on a highway

minimum adjective

Origin of minimum

Latin, neuter of minimus smallest; akin to Latin minor smaller — more at minor


First Known Use: 1674

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MINIMUM Defined for Kids

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noun min·i·mum \ˈmi-nə-məm\

Definition of minimum for Students

plural minimums or minima \-mə\

  1. :  the lowest value :  the least amount <I need a minimum of two hours.>




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adjective min·i·mum

Definition of minimum for Students

  1. :  being the least or lowest possible <The minimum height for this ride is 42 inches.>




Medical Dictionary

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noun min·i·mum \ˈmin-ə-məm\

Medical Definition of minimum

plural minima \-ə-mə\play or minimums

  1. 1:  the least quantity assignable, admissible, or possible

  2. 2:  the lowest degree or amount of variation (as of temperature) reached or recorded




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adjective min·i·mum

Medical Definition of minimum

  1. :  of, relating to, or constituting a minimum <meet the minimum psychiatric needs of the country—E. A. Strecker> <establishing minimum standards for medical education—CIBA Symposia>





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