Definitions for minimumˈmɪn ə məm

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

min•i•mumˈmɪn ə məm(n.; adj.)(pl.)-mums, -ma

  1. (n.)the least amount possible, allowable, or the like.

  2. the lowest amount, value, or degree attained or recorded.

  3. Math. 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. the point at which a minimum occurs.

  4. (adj.)of or being a minimum.

Origin of minimum:

1655–65; < L, neut. of minimus smallest, least. See minor

Princeton's WordNet

  1. minimum, lower limit(noun)

    the smallest possible quantity

  2. minimum(adj)

    the point on a curve where the tangent changes from negative on the left to positive on the right

  3. minimal, minimum(adj)

    the least possible

    "needed to enforce minimal standards"; "her grades were minimal"; "minimum wage"; "a minimal charge for the service"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. minimum(adjective)ˈmɪn ə məm

    being a minimum

    the minimum rate/fee/charge; the minimum amount of work possible


  1. minimum(Noun)

    The lowest limit.

  2. minimum(Noun)

    The smallest amount.

  3. minimum(Noun)

    A lower bound of a set which is also an element of that set.

  4. minimum(Noun)

    The smallest member of a batch or sample or the lower bound of a probability distribution.

  5. Origin: From minimus

Webster Dictionary

  1. Minimum(noun)

    the least quantity assignable, admissible, or possible, in a given case; hence, a thing of small consequence; -- opposed to maximum

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'minimum' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #3366

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'minimum' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2929

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'minimum' in Nouns Frequency: #1772

  4. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'minimum' in Adjectives Frequency: #447

Translations for minimum

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


smallest or lowest (possible, obtained, recorded etc)

the minimum temperature last night.

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