[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.
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
noun 1. the official interest rate charged by the Bank of England and below which it will refrain from lending money. noun 1. (in Britain) the minimum rate at which the Bank of England would lend to discount houses between 1971 and 1981, after which it was replaced by the less formal base rate MLR
- Minimum-access programming
[min-uh-muh m-ak-ses] /ˈmɪn ə məmˈæk sɛs/ noun, Computers. 1. a method of programming in which latency is reduced to a minimum.
[min-uh-muh m-si-kyoo r-i-tee] /ˈmɪn ə məm sɪˈkyʊər ɪ ti/ adjective 1. (of a prison) designed for prisoners regarded as being less dangerous; having fewer restrictions.
- Minimum seek time
storage (Or track-to-track seek time) The time it takes to move the head of a disk drive from one track to the next. The minimum seek time gives a good measure of the speed of the drive in a single-user/single-process environment where successive read/write request are largely correlated and thus if correlated data is stored […]