[min-uh-muh m]

noun, plural min·i·mums, min·i·ma [min-uh-muh] /ˈmɪn ə mə/.


Nearby words

  1. minimise,
  2. minimization,
  3. minimize,
  4. minimoon,
  5. minimoto,
  6. minimum lending rate,
  7. minimum thermometer,
  8. minimum tillage,
  9. minimum wage,
  10. minimum-access programming

Origin of minimum

1655–65; < Latin, neuter of minimus smallest, least. See minor

Can be confusedminimal minimize minimum minuscule minutia (see usage note at minuscule) Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for minimum


noun plural -mums or -ma (-mə)

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 for minimum

C17: from Latin: smallest thing, from minimus least

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Word Origin and History for minimum
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Science definitions for minimum



Plural minimums minima

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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