minimum


minimum
[[t]mɪ̱nɪməm[/t]]
♦♦♦
1) ADJ: ADJ n You use minimum to describe an amount which is the smallest that is possible, allowed, or required.

He was only five feet nine, the minimum height for a policeman.

...a rise in the minimum wage.

Ant:
N-SING: oft a N of amount
Minimum is also a noun.

This will take a minimum of one hour... Four foot should be seen as an absolute minimum.

2) ADJ: ADJ n You use minimum to state how small an amount is.

The basic needs of life are available with minimum effort...

Neil and Chris try to spend the minimum amount of time on the garden.

N-SING: a N of n
Minimum is also a noun.

With a minimum of fuss, she produced the grandson he had so desperately wished for.

3) ADV: amount ADV If you say that something is a particular amount minimum, you mean that this is the smallest amount it should be or could possibly be, although a larger amount is acceptable or very possible.

You're talking over a thousand pounds minimum for one course.

Ant:
4) PHRASE: amount PHR, PHR with cl, PHR after v You use at a minimum, or at the minimum, when you want to indicate that something is the very least which could or should happen.

This would take three months at a minimum...

At the minimum, they must be guaranteed against any form of further attack.

Ant:
at the maximum
5) PHRASE: PHR after v If you say that someone keeps something to a minimum, or to the minimum, you mean that they keep the amount of it as small as possible.

Office machinery is kept to a minimum...

She has now cut her teaching hours to the minimum.


English dictionary. 2008.

Synonyms:

Look at other dictionaries:

  • minimum — [ minimɔm ] n. m. et adj. • déb. XVIIIe; mot lat. « le plus petit » I ♦ N. m. 1 ♦ Math. Valeur d une fonction inférieure à celles qui la précèdent ou la suivent immédiatement (opposé à maximum).⇒ extremum. Minimum minimorum : le plus petit des… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • minimum — MÍNIMUM s.n., adv. 1. s.n. Punct, limită, fază reprezentând extrema inferioară. 2. s.n. Cea mai mică cantitate, valoare, intensitate; minim1. 3. adv. În cantitatea, timpul, spaţiul minim2; cel puţin..., pe puţin...; măcar. – Din lat., fr. minimum …   Dicționar Român

  • minimum — I {{/stl 13}}{{stl 8}}rz. n V, lm M. minimumma {{/stl 8}}{{stl 7}} najmniejsza możliwa do osiągnięcia wartość czegoś, najmniejsza ilość; najmniejsza wystarczająca, nieodzowna, wymagana do czegoś ilość, wielkość : {{/stl 7}}{{stl 10}}Ograniczyć… …   Langenscheidt Polski wyjaśnień

  • minimum — I noun bit, dash, drop, fragment, ioi:a, jot, least amount, least part, least quantity, lowest quantity, minim, modicum, morsel, mote, pars minima, particle, piece, quorum, scantling, scintilla, shade, sliver, small amount, small quantity,… …   Law dictionary

  • Minimum — Sn erw. fremd. Erkennbar fremd (18. Jh.) Entlehnung. Entlehnt aus l. minimum das Geringste , Substantivierung des Superlativs l. minimus der Kleinste (minus). Adjektiv: minimal.    Ebenso ne. minimum, nfrz. minimum, nschw. minimum, nnorw. minimum …   Etymologisches Wörterbuch der deutschen sprache

  • minimum — / minimum/ s.m. [dal lat. minĭmum, neutro sost. di minĭmus ]. [livello o numero più basso: il m. dei voti per l elezione a deputato ] ▶◀ minimo. ◀▶ massimo, maximum …   Enciclopedia Italiana

  • minimum — mìnimum m DEFINICIJA 1. najmanja količina, veličina, mjera itd. [svesti na minimum učiniti da ostane najmanja moguća količina čega], opr. maksimum 2. mat. najmanja vrijednost, ob. u skupu vrijednosti koje poprima neka funkcija ili općenito u… …   Hrvatski jezični portal

  • Minimum — Min i*mum, n.; pl. {Minima}. [L., fr. minimus. See {Minim}.] The least quantity assignable, admissible, or possible, in a given case; hence, a thing of small consequence; opposed to {maximum}. [1913 Webster] {Minimum thermometer}, a thermometer… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Minimum — »Mindestmaß, wert, preis«: Das Fremdwort wurde im 18. Jh. aus lat. minimum »das Kleinste, Geringste, Wenigste« entlehnt, dem substantivierten Neutrum von lat. minimus »kleinster« (vgl. ↑ minus). – Dazu die nlat. Ableitung minimal »sehr klein,… …   Das Herkunftswörterbuch

  • minimum — [adj] least, lowest least possible, littlest, merest, minimal, slightest, smallest, tiniest; concepts 762,789 Ant. largest, maximum, most minimum [n] lowest amount atom, bottom, dab, depth, dot, gleam, grain, hair, iota, jot, least, lowest,… …   New thesaurus

  • mínimum — sustantivo masculino 1. Uso/registro: restringido. Pragmática: intensificador. Límite o grado inferior al que puede llegar una persona o cosa: Se exige un mínimum de esfuerzo. Sinónimo: mínimo …   Diccionario Salamanca de la Lengua Española