# minima

[min-uh-muh]

- a plural of minimum.

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## minimum

[min-uh-muh m]

- 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.
- Mathematics.
- 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.

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- noting or indicating a minimum.
- least possible: minimum risk.
- lowest: a minimum rate.
- pertaining to a minimum or minimums.

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## Origin of minimum^{}

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## Examples from the Web for minima

### Historical Examples

#### Averages of masses have been studied more than averages of maxima and minima.

The Professor at the Breakfast TableOliver Wendell Holmes (Sr.)

#### The years 1889 and 1901 were minima; the year 1893 a maximum.

Astronomy for AmateursCamille Flammarion

#### 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.

## minima

- a plural of minimum

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## 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

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- of or relating to a minimum or minimums

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## Word Origin

C17: from Latin: smallest thing, from minimus least

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## Word Origin and History for minima

## minimum

### n.

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.

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## minimum

### adj.

1810, from minimum (n.).

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## minimum

[mĭn′ə-məm]

- The lowest known or lowest possible number, measure, quantity, or degree.
- The lowest value of a mathematical function, if it has such a value.

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