Meaning of MINIMUM in English


/min"euh meuhm/ , n. , pl. minimums, minima /-meuh/ , adj.


1. the least quantity or amount possible, assignable, allowable, or the like.

2. the lowest speed permitted on a highway.

3. the lowest amount, value, or degree attained or recorded.

4. an arbitrary amount set by a restaurant, nightclub, etc., as the least amount to be charged each person for food and drink. Cf. cover charge .

5. Math.

a. Also called relative minimum, local minimum . the value of a function at a certain point in its domain, which is less than or equal to the values at all other points in the immediate vicinity of the point. Cf. absolute minimum .

b. the point in the domain at which a minimum occurs.


6. noting or indicating a minimum.

7. least possible: minimum risk.

8. lowest: a minimum rate.

9. pertaining to a minimum or minimums.

[ 1655-65; minimus smallest, least. See MINOR ]

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