minimum

[ min-uh-muh m ]
/ ˈmɪn ə məm /

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

adjective

Origin of minimum

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

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH minimum

minimal minimize minimum minuscule minutia (see usage note at minuscule)
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British Dictionary definitions for minimum

minimum
/ (ˈmɪnɪməm) /

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

adjective

of or relating to a minimum or minimums

Word Origin for minimum

C17: from Latin: smallest thing, from minimus least
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Science definitions for minimum

minimum
[ mĭnə-məm ]

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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