minimum

noun
min·​i·​mum | \ ˈmi-nə-məm How to pronounce minimum (audio) \
plural minima\ ˈmi-​nə-​mə How to pronounce minima (audio) \ or minimums

Definition of minimum

1 : the least quantity assignable, admissible, or possible Keep expenses to a bare minimum. He was sentenced to a minimum of 10 years in prison.
2 : the least of a set of numbers specifically : the smallest value assumed by a continuous (see continuous sense 2) function defined on a closed (see closed sense 2b) interval
3a : the lowest degree or amount of variation (as of temperature) reached or recorded
b : the lowest speed allowed on a highway

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Other Words from minimum

minimum adjective

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Tips start at a minimum of 300 won (25 cents), but can go far higher as customers try to persuade the girls to fulfill their requests. Julie Zaugg, CNN, "These North Korean defectors were sold into China as cybersex slaves. Then they escaped," 9 June 2019 To thwart digital threats and phishing attacks, multinational corporations spend hundreds of thousands of dollars, at minimum, on security. Nicole Perlroth, New York Times, "Election Rules Are an Obstacle to Cybersecurity of Presidential Campaigns," 6 June 2019 For example, the county has halved the rate of mentally defendants admitted for trial fitness treatment over two years – a reduction that at a minimum saves taxpayers hundreds of thousands of dollars each year. oregonlive.com, "Multnomah County opts against $300k to help keep mentally ill, homeless people out of jail," 4 June 2019 The loading bay at Arc’One sits in the far corner of the warehouse to keep temperature variation at a minimum. Tim Newcomb, Popular Mechanics, "Everything That Goes Into Making an Arc'teryx Jacket," 24 May 2019 And his counseling rate would be $500 an hour, at minimum. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "This Story About Baby Archie Fixing the Royal 'Feud' Is Cracking Me Up," 15 May 2019 No minimum, but be mindful that prices go up on this holiday. Shanon Maglente, Good Housekeeping, "Experts Reveal How Much You Should Actually Spend on Mother's Day Gifts," 4 May 2019 All three handsets have the Snapdragon 855 processor, a minimum of 128GB of storage, and at least 6GB of RAM. Michael Simon, PCWorld, "10 Samsung Galaxy S10, S10e, and S10+ features that actually surprised us," 20 Feb. 2019 Some circles meet informally a few times a year over dinner, while others are far more structured and may even be registered charities with sizable donation minimums and a volunteer commitment. Veronica Dagher, WSJ, "What’s Behind the Surge in Giving Circles," 10 Feb. 2019

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First Known Use of minimum

1646, in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for minimum

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

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The first known use of minimum was in 1646

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minimum

noun

English Language Learners Definition of minimum

: the lowest number or amount that is possible or allowed

minimum

noun
min·​i·​mum | \ ˈmi-nə-məm How to pronounce minimum (audio) \
plural minimums or minima\ -​mə \

Kids Definition of minimum

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

minimum

adjective

Kids Definition of minimum (Entry 2 of 2)

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

minimum

noun
min·​i·​mum | \ ˈmin-ə-məm How to pronounce minimum (audio) \
plural minima\ -​ə-​mə How to pronounce minima (audio) \ or minimums

Medical Definition of minimum

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : the least quantity assignable, admissible, or possible
2 : the lowest degree or amount of variation (as of temperature) reached or recorded

minimum

adjective

Medical Definition of minimum (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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