Minimum



[min-uh-muh m] /ˈmɪn ə məm/

noun, plural minimums, minima
[min-uh-muh] /ˈmɪn ə mə/ (Show IPA)
1.
the least quantity or amount possible, assignable, allowable, or the like.
2.
the lowest speed permitted on a highway.
3.
the lowest amount, value, or degree attained or recorded.
4.
an arbitrary amount set by a restaurant, nightclub, etc., as the least amount to be charged each person for food and drink.
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5.
Mathematics.

adjective
6.
noting or indicating a minimum.
7.
least possible:
minimum risk.
8.
lowest:
a minimum rate.
9.
pertaining to a minimum or minimums.
/ˈmɪnɪməm/
noun (pl) -mums, -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.
(maths) a value of a function that is less than any neighbouring value
adjective
5.
of or relating to a minimum or minimums
n.

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.
adj.

1810, from minimum (n.).
minimum
(mĭn’ə-məm)
Plural minimums or minima

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