noun (plural minima /-mə/ or minimums)[usually in singular]
- 1The least or smallest amount or quantity possible, attainable, or required: keep costs to a minimum they checked visas with the minimum of fussMore example sentences
- The person also must be fully insured and must agree after training to work as a childminder for at least the minimum of two years.
- Food is kept as fresh and natural as possible with the minimum of intervention in the cooking.
- The work, however, needs to be done and we are doing everything we can to make sure that it is done as quickly as possible with the minimum of inconvenience.
- 1.1The lowest or smallest amount of a varying quantity (e.g. temperature) allowed, attained, or recorded: clients with a minimum of £500,000 to investMore example sentences
- The absolute minimum was recorded during winter in all the species.
- In addition, the optimum angle setting for a spoiler is zero degrees, which is also the minimum allowed on Pro Stock cars by the NHRA technical department.
- This is because our minimum feature size of 10 yam is also the minimum allowed by the mask manufacturer, and the variance at this feature size is 3.2 m.
adjective[attributive] Back to top
- Smallest or lowest: this can be done with the minimum amount of effortMore example sentences
- Students who meet minimum university entry requirements and are willing to pay would clearly benefit, as would universities.
- This agreement lays down minimum requirements designed to facilitate the reconciliation of parental and professional responsibilities for working parents.
- And ING Direct does not offer checking accounts or impose any fees, service charges or minimum requirements on its products.
at a (or the) minimum
- At the very least: we zipped along at a minimum of 55 mphMore example sentences
- He seemed to acknowledge that, at the minimum, at least expand and make permanent those that will expire next year.
- You might at a minimum find, at least as an American, that we have been sold this idea.
- So if the new government does not wish to be too different from the old one, it needs to work on accomplishing at least ‘miniscule’ differences, so that at the minimum, a 0.2 percent difference exists between the two.
mid 17th century: from Latin, neuter of minimus 'least'.