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min·i·mum  (mn-mm)
n. pl. min·i·mums or min·i·ma (-m)
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-2 in Indo-European roots.]

minimum [ˈmɪnɪməm]
n 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. (Mathematics) Maths a value of a function that is less than any neighbouring value
of or relating to a minimum or minimums
[from Latin: smallest thing, from minimus least]

minimum  (mn-mm)
Plural minimums or minima
1. The lowest known or lowest possible number, measure, quantity, or degree.
2. The lowest value of a mathematical function, if it has such a value.

minimum  /mnmm/  n.adj. the least amount of s.t.: The couple cut their household expenses to the <n.> minimum.

Thesaurus: minimum adj. lowest, bottom n. smallest amount. Ants. highest | maximum. minimum

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