noun min·i·mum \ˈmi-nə-məm\

: the lowest number or amount that is possible or allowed

plural min·i·ma\-nə-mə\ or min·i·mums

Full Definition of MINIMUM

:  the least quantity assignable, admissible, or possible
:  the least of a set of numbers; specifically :  the smallest value assumed by a continuous function defined on a closed interval
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

Other Mathematics and Statistics Terms

abscissa, denominator, divisor, equilateral, exponent, hypotenuse, logarithm, oblique, radii, rhomb
MINIMUM Defined for Kids


noun min·i·mum \ˈmi-nə-məm\
plural min·i·mums or min·i·ma \-mə\

Definition of MINIMUM for Kids

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



Definition of MINIMUM for Kids

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