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.
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What does minimum mean?
Minimum means the lowest amount or level of something.
Minimum can be a noun or an adjective and it has several more specific meanings, all of which are related in some way to its primary meaning. When minimum is used as a noun, its plural can be minimums or, less commonly, minima.
Example: Take the pie out of the oven and let it cool for a minimum of 30 minutes before serving.
Where does minimum come from?
The first records of minimum come from the mid-1600s. It comes from the Latin word minimus, meaning “smallest” or “least.”
In general, minimum often refers to the smallest possible amount of something that can satisfy a requirement, as in You need a minimum of 10 years of experience to apply for this position. It can also refer to the lowest amount that has been observed, and it is used in related ways in mathematics.
Minimum is also used in more specific ways. In terms of the speed limit, the minimum is the lowest speed that’s allowed on a certain road, especially a highway where going any slower would be dangerous. Some restaurants and clubs set a minimum on the money charged to each customer, meaning that you have to spend at least that amount. Similarly, many stores set a minimum amount you must spend in order to use a credit card. Minimum-wage workers earn the lowest amount that’s allowed by law or some other agreement.
Minimum is often used in the phrases bare minimum, meaning “the absolute least,” and at a minimum, meaning “at least,” as in At a minimum, we need to get five more done before the end of the day.
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What are some other forms related to minimum?
- minimums (plural)
- minima (plural)
What are some synonyms for minimum?
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How is minimum used in real life?
Minimum is a common word that’s used in all kinds of ways. It always refers to the lowest amount, which can be negative or positive depending on the context.
Proud and humbled to announce that I did the absolute bare minimum today
— debbyryan (@DebbyRyan) March 11, 2019
NYC sidewalks need lanes and a minimum speed limit.
— brandon / jinx / big jinx (@brandonjinx) May 20, 2015
they pay minimum wage and then charge rent at more than 3X what it should be and then tell you the country is doing great economically
— Shea Serrano (@SheaSerrano) January 10, 2020
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Which of the following words is NOT a synonym of minimum?
Example sentences from the Web for minimum
He was treated like an immigrant, working for minimum wage, missing his family and having to move on from his musical career.
Remove the roast from the pan and let rest for a minimum of 15 minutes.Make Carla Hall’s Roasted Pork Loin With Cranberries|Carla Hall|December 24, 2014|DAILY BEAST
A gifted marketer, he sent samples of the hat to merchandisers all over the West, asking for a minimum order of a dozen.
To work at Rizzoli you had to be fluent in several languages: three was the minimum when I began.The Bookstore That Bewitched Mick Jagger, John Lennon, and Greta Garbo|Felice Picano|December 16, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Both give estimates of how many U.S. workers would benefit from an increase in the minimum wage.
It does violence even to that minimum of intellectual eagerness which is the portion of a contemplative mind.The Galaxy, June 1877|Various
These carriages are therefore essentially safety carriages, while the friction is reduced to a minimum.A Dictionary of Arts, Manufactures and Mines|Andrew Ure
The maximum of expense, the minimum of benefit to the island, is all that has come of it.The English in the West Indies|James Anthony Froude
We may no doubt sin through the passions, and therefore we need a minimum of watchfulness to meet temptations which come our way.Our Lady Saint Mary|J. G. H. Barry
The salaries attached at present to our parish schools vary from a minimum of £25 to a maximum of about £34.Leading Articles on Various Subjects|Hugh Miller