minimum

US/ˈmɪnɪməm/

UK/ˈmɪnɪməm/

adj. 最小的; (数量)极少的

adv. 最低

n. 最小值; 极小量

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.

他只有5英尺9英寸高，刚刚达到当警察的最低身高要求。

...a rise in the minimum wage.

最低工资的提高

You use **minimum** to state how small an amount is.

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

稍加努力就能满足生活的基本需求。

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

尼尔与克里斯想尽可能少花时间打理花园。

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.

你说的可是一门课程收费至少1,000英镑。

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...

这至少要3个月。

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

至少要保证他们不再受到任何形式的攻击。

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...

办公室的机器数量维持在最低限度。

She has now cut her teaching hours to the minimum.

她现在已经把她的教学时间减至最低限度。

1. the smallest possible quantity

2. the point on a curve where the tangent changes from negative on the left to positive on the right

1. the least possible;

- needed to enforce minimal standards
- her grades were minimal
- minimum wage
- a minimal charge for the service

at a (或the) minimum

至少，最少

This price is his minimum; he refuses to lower it any further.

这个价格是他开的最低价, 他拒绝再作任何降价.

What is the minimum price?

最低价是多少?

The journey was accomplished with a maximum of comfort and ease and a minimum of discomfort.

带着最大限度的舒适和轻松结束了这一旅程,很少有什么不舒适.

A temperature of 121� � C is regarded as the minimum necessary to achieve sterility.

一般认为要做到无菌,温度起码必须达到121摄氏度.

Keep his remarks to the minimum and let other people have chances to present their views.

把他的发言控制得尽可能短些,好让别人也有机会发表意见.