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noun min·i·mum \ˈmi-nə-məm\

Definition of minimum

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  1. 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. 2 :  the least of a set of numbers; specifically :  the smallest value assumed by a continuous (see continuous 2) function defined on a closed (see closed 2b) interval

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

minimum

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Origin and Etymology of minimum

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


First Known Use: 1646

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MINIMUM Defined for English Language Learners

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noun min·i·mum \ˈmi-nə-məm\

Definition of minimum for English Language Learners

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


MINIMUM Defined for Kids

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noun min·i·mum \ˈmi-nə-məm\

Definition of minimum for Students

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


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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

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  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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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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