fewest

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj fewest (superlative of `few' used with count nouns and usually preceded by `the') quantifier meaning the smallest in number "the fewest birds in recent memory"
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Quotations

  • Henry David Thoreau
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    “He is the best sailor who can steer within fewest points of the wind, and exact a motive power out of the greatest obstacles.”
  • Napoleon Bonaparte
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    “The greatest general is he who makes the fewest mistakes.”
  • Christian Nevell Bovee
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    “Good men have the fewest fears. He has but one great fear who fears to do wrong; he has a thousand who has overcome it.”
  • Paul Brown
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    “Football is a game of errors. The team that makes the fewest errors in a game usually wins.”
  • John Ruskin
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    “It is excellent discipline for an author to feel that he must say all that he has to say in the fewest possible words, or his reader is sure to skip them. ”

Usage

In literature:

There should be space, plenty of windows, the fewest possible hangings, and these light in weight and color.
"Breakfasts and Teas" by Paul Pierce
The man who has the fewest exposed points leads, on the whole, the happiest life.
"Stories by American Authors, Volume 8" by Various
A score is decided on before the game begins, and the winning side is that which make the fewest number of wrong guesses.
"What Shall We Do Now?: Five Hundred Games and Pastimes" by Dorothy Canfield Fisher
It is a well-known maxim of war, that the general who makes the fewest mistakes will come off conqueror.
"Burgoyne's Invasion of 1777" by Samuel Adams Drake
He has to decide at once and with the fewest possible words.
"Blue Goose" by Frank Lewis Nason
Answer in the fewest words you can use.
"The Scrap Book, Volume 1, No. 3" by Various
Wild spaniels, though they may show you most cock, will get you fewest shots, unless you have well-placed markers.
"The Dog" by Dinks, Mayhew, and Hutchinson
Seeing me so far restored, he desired me to recount my late adventure, which I did in the fewest words, and the most concise fashion, I could.
"Maurice Tiernay Soldier of Fortune" by Charles James Lever
Winter is the time when we all work hardest and have the fewest outdoor games.
"Earth and Sky Every Child Should Know" by Julia Ellen Rogers
The fewest pamphlet titles dealt with atheism and religion, Marxism-Leninism, languages, and labor and trade unions.
"Area Handbook for Bulgaria" by Eugene K. Keefe, Violeta D. Baluyut, William Giloane, Anne K. Long, James M. Moore, and Neda A. Walpole
But the fewest lying here are Ndimba's people.
"Harley Greenoak's Charge" by Bertram Mitford
At any rate, thirty years ago she retired altogether from the world, and sees only the fewest of people.
"The Duchess of Wrexe" by Hugh Walpole
The general plan is to present the facts compressed into the fewest and clearest words.
"Maria Edgeworth" by Helen Zimmern
I should like, for instance, if I could, to write in the fewest words that lucidity requires.
"The New Gulliver and Other Stories" by Barry Pain
Afterwards we'll see against which there are the fewest objections.
"The Children of the World" by Paul Heyse
The women of the South produced fewest inventions.
"The Modern Woman's Rights Movement" by Kaethe Schirmacher
Tell me in the fewest words what it is you want.
"What You Can Do With Your Will Power" by Russell H. Conwell
Dorothy hesitated no longer, but, in the fewest possible words, unburdened her heart, while Mary listened in speechless amazement.
"From Kingdom to Colony" by Mary Devereux
The Irish delighted in sententious maxims and apt illustrations compressed into the fewest possible words.
"English As We Speak It in Ireland" by P. W. Joyce
Now tell me in the fewest words what it is you want.
"Acres of Diamonds" by Russell H. Conwell
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In poetry:

Ah, bosoms here are strangely blest
With perfect bliss that glows,
And he above all others lives the best,
Who has the fewest woes!
"Two Lives" by Freeman Edwin Miller

In news:

US employers post fewest job openings in 5 months in September.
Wilson among fewest job seekers.
Why the World's Biggest Company Speaks With the Fewest Words.
Damn, 49ers on pace for fewest sacks in 30 years.
Jobless claims fall to fewest in more than 4 years.
Jobless claims fall to fewest in four years.
US jobless claims fall to 339K, fewest in 4½ years.
The Labor Department said today that weekly applications fell by 30,000 to the fewest since February 2008.
Fewest Americans since Feb 2008 seek jobless aid.
Jobless claims fall to 339K, fewest in 4 years.
Jobless claims fall to 339K, fewest in 4 1/2 years.
The Labor Department said Thursday that weekly applications fell by 30,000 to the fewest since February 2008.
US jobless claims fall to 339K, fewest in more than 4 years.
Jobless claims fall to 339,000, fewest in more than 4 years.
That said, they've made just 74 errors this season, third fewest in the AL.
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In science:

Experience with the toy model of the previous section instead suggests we should construct the most general effective Lagrangian which is built from the metric and organize it into a derivative expansion, with the terms with the fewest derivatives being expected to dominate at low energies.
Quantum Gravity and Precision Tests
Although we expect naively that this should dominate at low energies (since it involves the fewest derivatives), we now make this more precise by identifying which interactions contribute to which order in a low-energy expansion.
Quantum Gravity and Precision Tests
In other words we are given a set of objects, O , which contains an unknown subset of defectives, D , and the task is to identify D by means of the fewest possible number of tests.
Group Testing with Random Pools: optimal two-stage algorithms
The aim is of course to perform detection in the most efficient way, namely with the fewest possible number of tests.
Group testing with Random Pools: Phase Transitions and Optimal Strategy
While regularization broadens the peaks slightly over nonregularized NNLS, regularized NNLS still tends to reconstruct spectra with the fewest number of peaks consistent with the data.
A robust and reliable method for detecting signals of interest in multiexponential decays
However, the trigonometrical parallax method is the most direct and sub ject to the fewest assumptions.
Galactic and Extragalactic Distance Scales: The Variable Star Project
However, the high lag measurements are those at which the fewest readings are available and the data is most unreliable.
A critical look at power law modelling of the Internet
SPRT requires on average the fewest number of observations.
Controlled Sensing for Multihypothesis Testing
They clearly show that the best option for a photon-photon loophole-free Bell test affected by colored noise is the CHSH inequality: Not only does it require the fewest settings, but also the lowest ηcrit .
Detection efficiency for loophole-free Bell tests with entangled states affected by colored noise
Such configurations of closely separated quarks can be produced with the fewest possible gluon exchanges.
Color Transparency
L, deterministic FSAs recognizing L with the fewest states are called canonical.
Symbolic Planning and Control Using Game Theory and Grammatical Inference
For that reason, it is important to obtain the best possible bounds on causal strength with the fewest possible assumptions.
Statistical Tests for Contagion in Observational Social Network Studies
This meant that the dimension of the models played the largest role in determining the evidence values, and so the modelaveraged posteriors were dominated by the models with the fewest parameters.
Bayesian Model Averaging in Astrophysics: A Review
Here, by simplest, we mean that we assume the fewest number of particles and the smallest number of soft-SUSY breaking parameters at the scale MX of GUT symmetry breaking.
Supercollider Signatures of Supergravity Models with Yukawa Unification
To choose an action in state s, it selects the action that has been executed the fewest times until all actions have been executed T times.
Hierarchical Reinforcement Learning with the MAXQ Value Function Decomposition
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