Simple Definition of minimum
: the lowest number or amount that is possible or allowed
Full Definition of minimum
plural min·i·maplay \-nə-mə\ or min·i·mums
1 : the least quantity assignable, admissible, or possible
2 : the least of a set of numbers; specifically : the smallest value assumed by a continuous function defined on a closed interval
3 a : the lowest degree or amount of variation (as of temperature) reached or recorded b : the lowest speed allowed on a highway
Origin of minimum
Latin, neuter of minimus smallest; akin to Latin minor smaller — more at minor
First Known Use: 1674
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