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## min·i·mum

(mĭn′ə-məm)
n. pl. min·i·mums or min·i·ma (-mə)
1.
a. The least possible quantity or degree.
b. The lowest degree or amount reached or recorded; the lower limit of variation.
2. A lower limit permitted by law or other authority.
3. A sum of money set by a nightclub or restaurant as the least amount each patron must spend on food and drink.
4. Mathematics
a. The smallest number in a finite set of numbers.
b. A value of a function that is less than any other value of the function over a specific interval.
Of, consisting of, or representing the lowest possible amount or degree permissible or attainable.

[Latin, from neuter of minimus, least; see mei- in Indo-European roots.]

## minimum

(ˈmɪnɪməm)
n, pl -mums or -ma (-mə)
1. the least possible amount, degree, or quantity
2. the least amount recorded, allowed, or reached: the minimum in our temperature record this month was 50°.
3. (modifier) being the least possible, recorded, allowed, etc: minimum age.
4. (Mathematics) maths a value of a function that is less than any neighbouring value
of or relating to a minimum or minimums
[C17: from Latin: smallest thing, from minimus least]
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## min•i•mum

(ˈmɪn ə məm)

n., pl. -mums, -ma (-mə),
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]

## min·i·mum

(mĭn′ə-məm)
1. The lowest known or lowest possible number, measure, quantity, or degree.
2. Mathematics The lowest value of a function, if it has such a value.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
 Noun 1 minimum - the smallest possible quantity  lower limitpeak, extremum - the most extreme possible amount or value; "voltage peak"small indefinite amount, small indefinite quantity - an indefinite quantity that is below average size or magnitudeskeleton - something reduced to its minimal form; "the battalion was a mere skeleton of its former self"; "the bare skeleton of a novel"maximum, upper limit - the largest possible quantity 2 minimum - the point on a curve where the tangent changes from negative on the left to positive on the rightlimit - as far as something can gomaximum - the point on a curve where the tangent changes from positive on the left to negative on the right Adj. 1 minimum - the least possible; "needed to enforce minimal standards"; "her grades were minimal"; "minimum wage"; "a minimal charge for the service"minimalmaximal, maximum - the greatest or most complete or best possible; "maximal expansion"; "maximum pressure"
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## minimum

1. lowest, smallest, least, slightest, minimal, least possible, littlest He was only five feet nine, the minimum height for a policeman.
lowest
noun
1. lowest, least, depth, slightest, lowest level, nadir, bottom level She has cut her teaching hours to a minimum.
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## minimum

Comprising the least possible:
Translations
أدْنى حَدالحد الأدْنىالْـحَدُّ الْأَدْنَى
minimálníminimum
minimumminimum-
minimivähimmäis-
minimumnajmanji
minimum
lágmarklágmarks-

최소최소의
labai menkasmažinti iki minimumominimalusminimumassumažinti iki minimumo
minimālsminimums
minimum
najmanj
lägstaminimum
จำนวนน้อยที่สุดต่ำที่สุด
en azen az miktarminimum
lượng tối thiểutối thiểu

## minimum

[ˈmɪnɪməm]
A. ADJ [amount, charge, age, temperature] → mínimo
B. N (minimums or minima (pl)) →
to reduce sth to a minimumreducir algo al mínimo
to keep costs down to a or the minimummantener los costos al mínimo
he's someone who always does the bare minimumes una persona que siempre sigue la ley del mínimo esfuerzo
with a minimum of effortcon un mínimo de esfuerzo
with the minimum of clothingsin apenas ropa
C. CPD minimum lending rate N
minimum wage N
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## minimum

[ˈmɪnɪməm]
n [minima] (pl) →
to reduce sth to a minimum →
to keep sth to a minimum →
a minimum of (= at least) → un minimum de
to do sth with a minimum of fuss → faire qch sans faire d'histoire
three months minimum (= at least three months) → trois mois au minimum
The minimum age for driving is 17 → L'âge minimum pour conduire est dix-sept ans.
with minimum effort → avec un minimum d'efforts
the minimum amount → le moins possible
We try to spend the minimum amount of time on the garden → minimum lending rate n
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## minimum

nMinimum nt; the temperature fell to a minimum of 5 degreesdie Temperatur fiel auf Tiefstwerte von 5 Grad; with a minimum of inconveniencemit einem Minimum an Unannehmlichkeiten; what is the minimum you will accept?was ist für Sie das Minimum or der Mindestbetrag?; a minimum of 2 hours/£50/10 peoplemindestens 2 Stunden/£ 50/10 Leute; to keep something to a or the minimumetw auf ein Minimum beschränken; to reduce something to a minimumetw auf ein Minimum or Mindestmaß reduzieren; at a or the minimum (= at least)mindestens
adj attrMindest-; minimum ageMindestalter nt; minimum chargeMindestgebühr f; to achieve maximum possible profits from minimum possible expenditure; the minimum expenditure will be …; minimum temperatureTiefsttemperatur f; a minimum level of discontentein Mindestmaß nt; the minimum level of aluminium in the bodydie Mindestmenge von Aluminium im Körper
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## minimum

[ˈmɪnɪməm]
1. n (minimums or minima (pl)) → minimo
he does the minimum of work →
to reduce to a minimum →
the minimum temperature → la (temperatura) minima
minimum wage →
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## minimum

smallest or lowest (possible, obtained, recorded etc). the minimum temperature last night.
nounplurals ˈminimums, ~ˈminima (-mə)
the smallest possible number, quantity etc or the lowest level. Tickets will cost a minimum of \$20.
very small indeed. minimal expense.
ˈminimize, ˈminimise verb
1. to make as little as possible. to minimize the danger.
2. to cause to seem little or unimportant. He minimized the help he had received.
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## minimum

minimální, minimum minimum minimi, vähimmäis- minimum, najmanji 最小の, 最小限 최소, 최소의 lägsta, minimum จำนวนน้อยที่สุด, ต่ำที่สุด lượng tối thiểu, tối thiểu
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## minimum

adj & n (pl -mums) mínimo
References in classic literature ?
With a minimum of effort and insignificant losses, despite the greatest confusion, the most important results of the whole campaign were attained: the transition from retreat to advance, an exposure of the weakness of the French, and the administration of that shock which Napoleon's army had only awaited to begin its flight.
(commonly supposed to have been established by William of Wykeham at Winchester, and imported to Rugby by Arnold more for the sake of the lines which were learnt by heart with it than for its own intrinsic value, as I've always understood), that it is a short exercise in Greek or Latin verse, on a given subject, the minimum number of lines being fixed for each form.
Also, he learned from the item that first- class papers paid a minimum of ten dollars a column.
There is a naive side, I suppose, in all diplomacy; but if my pupils practiced upon me, it was surely with the minimum of grossness.
In these simultaneous observations they thought themselves justified in estimating the minimum length of the mammal at more than three hundred and fifty feet, as the Shannon and Helvetia were of smaller dimensions than it, though they measured three hundred feet over all.
"I have my own occasional hours of doubt," she answered, "but surely its disadvantages are reduced to a minimum with--children!
The great difficulty was to keep the mothers in bed for ten days, which was the minimum upon which the hospital practice insisted.
The compensation--I do not see who is to pay it if I don't, and I have already decided on the minimum sum.
Mr Warden ambled home, very happy and contented, two hours later, with half a franc in his pocket, this comparative wealth being due to the fact that the minimum stake permitted by the Roville casino is just double that sum.
He tried to give a memorable lesson with the minimum waste of life and the minimum expenditure of explosives.
In an establishment like this, where restraint upon the liberty of the students is reduced to a minimum, it is necessary that the small degree of subordination which is absolutely indispensable be acquiesced in by all without complaint or delay.
The average price of wage-labour is the minimum wage, i.e., that quantum of the means of subsistence, which is absolutely requisite in bare existence as a labourer.

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