Definition of Minimal

1. Adjective. The least possible. "A minimal charge for the service"

Definition of Minimal

1. a. Of, pertaining to, or having a character of, a minim or minimum; least; smallest; as, a minimal amount or value.

Definition of Minimal

1. Adjective. The smallest possible amount, quantity, or degree. ¹

2. Adjective. (arts) characterised by the use of simple form or structures. ¹

3. Adjective. (music) characterised by the repetition and gradual alteration of short phrases. ¹

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Definition of Minimal

1. an element of a mathematical set that precedes all others [n -S]

Medical Definition of Minimal

1. Smallest or least, the smallest possible. Origin: L. Minimus = least This entry appears with permission from the Dictionary of Cell and Molecular Biology (11 Mar 2008)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Minimal

minim rest
minim rests
minimal (current term)
minimal-change disease
minimal-change nephrotic syndrome
minimal air
minimal alveolar concentration
minimal amplitude nystagmus
minimal anaesthetic concentration
minimal art
minimal brain damage
minimal brain dysfunction
minimal deviation melanoma
minimal dose
minimal infecting dose
minimal inhibitory concentration
minimal lethal dose

Literary usage of Minimal

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1. Merriam-Webster's Dictionary of English Usage by Inc. Merriam-Webster (1994)
"1972 The formula could work this year if injuries are minimal —Paul Zimmerman, ... recognition of the Russians as human entities, with certain minimal human ..."

2. Yearbook of the National Society for the Study of Education by National Society for the Study of Education (1917)
"CHAPTER XI minimal ESSENTIALS OP PHYSICAL EDUCATION AND A SCALE FOR MEASURING RESULTS ... means available for determining minimal essentials in this field, ..."

3. The Classical Differential Geometry of Curves and Surfaces by Georges Valiron (1986)
"minimal ANALYTIC SURFACES 256. minimal surfaces of revolution and ... The minimal surfaces can only be obtained by means of surfaces of zero mean curvature. ..."

4. A Treatise on the Line Complex by Charles Minshall Jessop (1903)
"Points of A correspond to minimal lines of 2. If (xyz) is any given point P of A, the coordinates of the lines through P of the complex r+<r = 0, ..."

5. Topics in Statistical Dependence by Henry W. Block, Allan R. Sampson, Thomas H. Savits (1990)
"Applied to minimal repair, this result shows that the modeling of minimal ... The notion of minimal repair was introduced in reliability theory by Barlow ..."

6. The American Journal of the Medical Sciences by Southern Society for Clinical Investigation (U.S.) (1916)
"The Interpretation of Functional Renal Tests with Special Reference to the Significance of minimal Excretion of Phthalein and Indigo- carmin. ..."

7. Fundamentals of Statistical Exponential Families: With Applications in by Lawrence D. Brown (1986)
"REDUCTION TO A minimal FAMILY Any exponential family which is not minimal can be reduced io a minimal standard family through sufficiency, reparametrization ..."

8. The Encyclopedia Americana: A Library of Universal Knowledge (1918)
"These curves are called minimal curves and are either minimal right lines or minimal twisted curves with tangents that are minimal right lines. ..."

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