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absolute minimum

noun, Mathematics.
1.
the smallest value a given function assumes on a specified set.
Compare minimum (def 5a).
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  • It would keep any interchange to an absolute minimum, he thought.

    The Ties That Bind Walter Miller
  • Unless they've dematerialized it, that means about ten billion light-years as an absolute minimum.

    Skylark Three Edward Elmer Smith
  • The container reduces freight transfer to an absolute minimum.

    Our Railroads To-Morrow Edward Hungerford
  • Rodebush launched the tractor, set at its absolute minimum of power, and threw in his master switches.

    Triplanetary Edward Elmer Smith
  • Rodebush set up the beam at its absolute minimum of power and threw in the switch.

    Triplanetary Edward Elmer Smith
  • The attempt has been made, however, to establish both the absolute minimum standard and this relative standard.

  • To reduce the reflection to the absolute minimum, the ships had each been painted with a 99% absorptive black.

    The Black Star Passes John W Campbell

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