minimum

noun
min·​i·​mum | \ ˈmi-nə-məm \
plural minima\ -​nə-​mə \ 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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minimum adjective

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According to The Intercept, the software, which is known as Investigator Pro, holds at a minimum the voices of 200,000 inmates. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Prisons Are Building Giant Biometric Databases of Prisoners' Voices," 1 Feb. 2019 New York designer Fawn Galli recommends positioning the lights within a room at a minimum of five different heights. Kathryn O’shea-evans, WSJ, "Goodbye, Showy Chandeliers. Hello, Low-Key Lighting That Transforms Rooms," 25 Jan. 2019 At a minimum, the assembly-line immigration court system will remain. Dara Lind, Vox, "Jeff Sessions’s carefully built deportation machine will outlast him," 8 Nov. 2018 That would, at a minimum, reject the types of interference that the U.S. experienced in 2016 and that other democracies have been experiencing with their elections as well. Casey Newton, The Verge, "Facebook is pushing out its most creative skeptics," 28 Sep. 2018 If someone meeting both of these criteria isn’t found, at a minimum someone who isn’t a white male and who excites conservative activists might be suitable, and Barrett could fill the bill. Ed Kilgore, Daily Intelligencer, "Amy Coney Barrett Looks Like a Future Trump SCOTUS Pick," 11 July 2018 At a minimum, there is not robust confidence in the OBOGS system. Sig Christenson, San Antonio Express-News, "Commander halted Randolph training flights over pilots’ concerns," 28 June 2018 Beat Saber’s bare minimum for success is slashing a box in the right direction, but the game awards more points for making the arcs of your cuts longer, and by hitting a note box down its center. Adi Robertson, The Verge, "Why Beat Saber is my game of the year," 18 Dec. 2018 While the minimum is four days, these can last up to several months, Dr. Ghaemi says. Korin Miller, SELF, "9 Things to Know About the Surprisingly Subtle Hypomanic Episodes of Bipolar Disorder," 30 Nov. 2018

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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 \
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 \
plural minima\ -​ə-​mə \ 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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