The smallest possible amount, quantity, or degree.
characterised by the use of simple form or structures.
characterised by the repetition and gradual alteration of short phrases.
The lowest limit.
“We prefer candidates with a minimum of 4 years experience in the field.”
“We need a minimum of three staff members on duty at all time.”
The smallest amount.
“He always tries to get away with doing the minimum.”
“Please keep noise to a minimum after 11 o’clock”
A period of minimum brightness or energy intensity (of a star).
“The Maunder minimum of the Sun reportedly corresponded to a period of great cold on Earth.”
A lower bound of a set which is also an element of that set.
The smallest member of a batch or sample or the lower bound of a probability distribution.
To the lowest degree.
of a minimum amount, quantity, or degree; negligible
“the aircraft suffered minimal damage”
“production costs are minimal”
characterized by the use of simple forms or structures, especially geometric or massive ones.
characterized by simplicity and lack of adornment or decoration
“minimal, simple evening dresses in luxurious fabrics”
characterized by the repetition and gradual alteration of short phrases.
(of a pair of forms) distinguished by only one feature
“‘p’ and ‘b’ are a minimal pair, distinguished by the feature of voicing”
the least or smallest amount or quantity possible, attainable, or required
“keep costs to a minimum”
“they checked visas with the minimum of fuss”
the lowest or smallest amount of a varying quantity (e.g. temperature) allowed, attained, or recorded
“clients with a minimum of £500,000 to invest”
smallest or lowest
“this can be done with the minimum amount of effort”