- a plural of minimum.
- the least quantity or amount possible, assignable, allowable, or the like.
- the lowest speed permitted on a highway.
- the lowest amount, value, or degree attained or recorded.
- an arbitrary amount set by a restaurant, nightclub, etc., as the least amount to be charged each person for food and drink.Compare cover charge.
- 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.Compare absolute minimum.
- the point in the domain at which a minimum occurs.
- noting or indicating a minimum.
- least possible: minimum risk.
- lowest: a minimum rate.
- pertaining to a minimum or minimums.
Origin of minimum
Related Wordsminimal, margin, speck, point, hair, whit, spark, trifle, pittance, nadir, bottom, gleam, least, modicum, iota, jot, dab, scintilla, molecule, atom
Examples from the Web for minima
Averages of masses have been studied more than averages of maxima and minima.The Professor at the Breakfast Table
Oliver Wendell Holmes (Sr.)
The years 1889 and 1901 were minima; the year 1893 a maximum.Astronomy for Amateurs
He reduced the minima of our solemn demands to mere desiderata.The War With Mexico, Volume II (of 2)
Justin H. Smith
And yet even this is among the minima of his Bristol honesty.Letters of Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Vol. II (of 2)
Samuel Taylor Coleridge
With this period the times of minima during the summer of 1888 were predicted.
- a plural of minimum
- the least possible amount, degree, or quantity
- the least amount recorded, allowed, or reachedthe minimum in our temperature record this month was 50°
- (modifier) being the least possible, recorded, allowed, etcminimum age
- maths a value of a function that is less than any neighbouring value
- of or relating to a minimum or minimums
Word Origin and History for minima
1660s, "smallest portion into which matter is divisible," from Latin minimum "smallest" (thing), neuter of minimus "smallest, least," superlative of minor "smaller" (see minor). Meaning "least amount attainable" is from 1670s.
1810, from minimum (n.).
- The lowest known or lowest possible number, measure, quantity, or degree.
- The lowest value of a mathematical function, if it has such a value.