absolute minimum

noun

mathematics
: the smallest value that a mathematical function can have over its entire curve (see curve entry 3 sense 5a)
The function defined by y = 3 - x has an absolute maximum M = 2 and an absolute minimum m = O on the interval 1 < x < 3.John A. Tierney, Calculus & Analytic Geometry, 1968
compare minimum sense 3b

Word History

First Known Use

1810, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of absolute minimum was in 1810

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“Absolute minimum.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/absolute%20minimum. Accessed 15 Jun. 2024.

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