[min-uh-muh] /ˈmɪn ə mə/
a plural of .
[min-uh-muh m] /ˈmɪn ə məm/
noun, plural minimums, minima
[min-uh-muh] /ˈmɪn ə mə/ (Show IPA)
the least quantity or amount possible, assignable, allowable, or the like.
the lowest speed permitted on a highway.
the lowest amount, value, or degree attained or recorded.
an arbitrary amount set by a restaurant, nightclub, etc., as the least amount to be charged each person for food and drink.
noting or indicating a minimum.
a minimum rate.
pertaining to a minimum or minimums.
a plural of minimum
noun (pl) -mums, -ma (-mə)
the least possible amount, degree, or quantity
the least amount recorded, allowed, or reached: the minimum in our temperature record this month was 50°
(modifier) being the least possible, recorded, allowed, etc: minimum age
(maths) a value of a function that is less than any neighbouring value
of or relating to a minimum or minimums
1660s, “smallest portion into which matter is divisible,” from Latin minimum “smallest” (thing), neuter of minimus “smallest, least,” superlative of minor “smaller” (see minor). Meaning “least amount attainable” is from 1670s.
1810, from minimum (n.).
Plural minimums or minima
[min-uh-muh l] /ˈmɪn ə məl/ adjective 1. constituting a : a minimal mode of transportation. 2. barely adequate or the least possible: minimal care. /ˈmɪnɪməl/ adjective 1. of the least possible; minimum or smallest adj. “smallest, least,” 1660s, from Latin minimus (see minim) + -al (1).
- Minimal automaton
theory An automaton possessing with redundant states. (1996-05-03)
noun 1. (no longer in technical use) . minimal brain dysfunction min·i·mal brain dysfunction (mĭn’ə-məl) n. A mild impairment of brain function that affects perception, behavior, and academic ability, and is characterized by dyslexia, difficulty in writing, hyperactivity, or mental retardation. Also called attention deficit disorder.
- Minimal dose
minimal dose n. The smallest quantity of a drug that will, or will likely, produce a physiological effect in an adult.