# relative minimum

noun, Mathematics
1.
minimum (def 5a).

## minimum

[min-uh-muh m] /ˈmɪn ə məm/
noun, plural minimums, minima
[min-uh-muh] /ˈmɪn ə mə/ (Show IPA)
1.
the least quantity or amount possible, assignable, allowable, or the like.
2.
the lowest speed permitted on a highway.
3.
the lowest amount, value, or degree attained or recorded.
4.
an arbitrary amount set by a restaurant, nightclub, etc., as the least amount to be charged each person for food and drink.
Compare cover charge.
5.
Mathematics.
1. Also called relative minimum, local minimum. 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.
2. the point in the domain at which a minimum occurs.
6.
noting or indicating a minimum.
7.
least possible:
minimum risk.
8.
lowest:
a minimum rate.
9.
pertaining to a minimum or minimums.
Origin of minimum
1655-1665
1655-65; < Latin, neuter of minimus smallest, least. See minor
Can be confused
minimal, minimize, minimum, minuscule, minutia (see usage note at minuscule)
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British Dictionary definitions for relative-minimum

## minimum

/ˈmɪnɪməm/
noun (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.
(maths) a value of a function that is less than any neighbouring value
5.
of or relating to a minimum or minimums
Word Origin
C17: from Latin: smallest thing, from minimus least
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Word Origin and History for relative-minimum

## minimum

n.

1660s, "smallest portion into which matter is divisible," from Latin minimum "smallest" (thing), neuter of minimus "smallest, least," superlative of minor "smaller" (see minor). Meaning "least amount attainable" is from 1670s.

1810, from minimum (n.).

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relative-minimum in Science
 minimum   (mĭn'ə-məm)    Plural minimums or minimaThe lowest known or lowest possible number, measure, quantity, or degree.The lowest value of a mathematical function, if it has such a value.
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