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A plural of minimum.
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a plural of minimum
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(ˈmɪn ə məm)

n., pl. -mums, -ma (-mə),
adj. n.
1. the least amount possible, allowable, or the like.
2. the lowest amount, value, or degree attained or recorded.
3. Math.
a. 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.
b. the point at which a minimum occurs.
4. of or being a minimum.
[1655–65; < Latin, neuter of minimus smallest, least. See minor]
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