noun, plural min·i·mums, min·i·ma [min-uh-muh] /ˈmɪn ə mə/.
- 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.
Origin of minimum
Related Words for minimaminimal, margin, speck, point, hair, whit, spark, trifle, pittance, nadir, bottom, gleam, least, modicum, iota, jot, dab, scintilla, molecule, atom
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Historical Examples of 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.
noun plural -mums or -ma (-mə)
Word Origin for minimum
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.).