• WordNet 3.6
    • n minimization the act of reducing something to the least possible amount or degree or position
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
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    • n Minimization The act or process of minimizing.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
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    • n minimization The act or process of minimizing; reduction to the lowest terms or proportions. Also spelled minimisation.
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  • Hilton Kramer
    Hilton Kramer
    “The more minimal the art, the more maximum the explanation.”


In literature:

But minims are fishes, and they live in the water.
"Baby Pitcher's Trials" by Mrs. May
If you do publish anything about it, I wish you'd minimize my own part in it.
"Four-Day Planet" by Henry Beam Piper
It represents the minimal cost of food in the home.
"How to Live" by Irving Fisher and Eugene Fisk
The dotted minim value of this corresponds with the semibreve value of the other.
"Shakespeare and Music" by Edward W. Naylor
It all seemed to the jealous mother-heart to minimize her own sacred grief.
"The Ordeal" by Charles Egbert Craddock
He felt a desire to explain, to palliate, to minimize.
"The Calico Cat" by Charles Miner Thompson
They have tried to blot out human prestige, to minimize the influence of personality.
"A Preface to Politics" by Walter Lippmann
They couldn't prevent advance warning, but they could delay and minimize it.
"Police Your Planet" by Lester del Rey
The world news was minimized by the local affair.
"David Lannarck, Midget" by George S. Harney
All breaks or bad marks indicated on the Line of Life are minimized on the hands that have this Inner Life Line, or Line of Mars.
"Palmistry for All" by Cheiro
The spiral motion has the effect of minimizing this difficulty.
"The Wonder Island Boys: The Mysteries of the Caverns" by Roger Thompson Finlay
Maya's small, perfect body was kept minimally modest by one of those scanty Martian sunsuits.
"Rebels of the Red Planet" by Charles Louis Fontenay
Any political ideal, or any plan for a world order, that would minimize patriotism is unnatural.
"The Psychology of Nations" by G.E. Partridge
In this way breeding places for flies are minimized and millions and billions of unhatched eggs are destroyed.
"The Mother and Her Child" by William S. Sadler
He was not part of the conspiracy aimed at the minimization of Cressy, the scholar.
"Gargoyles" by Ben Hecht
This is true even though the method of calculation tends to minimize gains at the high end of the group, and losses at the low end.
"Adenoids and Diseased Tonsils" by Margaret Cobb Rogers
He was the more bound to do well with it, that the evil effects of the accident might be minimized.
"Second String" by Anthony Hope
His virtues were minimized and his shortcomings exaggerated and unduly paraded.
"Unfettered" by Sutton E. Griggs
Our care must be to minimize the pain.
"The Last Words of Distinguished Men and Women" by Frederic Rowland Marvin
Orth injected ten minims of peritoneal fluid from a woman dead of puerperal fever into the abdomen of a rabbit.
"A System of Practical Medicine by American Authors, Vol. I" by Various

In news:

But taking a few steps now can help minimize your risk.
Amesbury's Julia Yameen, 11, will play the lead in The Actorsingers production of "Annie" in Nashua, N.H. She will be joined onstage by MiniMe, a terrier from Georgetown, who plays the part of her faithful dog, Sandy.
It minimizes odors such as tobacco smoke and gasoline, is easy to useon the water, and it's recommended by the CDC for use when soap and water are not available.
Duplication in federal solar energy programs found minimal.
My big fluency trick is my class set of fluency phones which are PVC pipes with corners glued on, made by a parent volunteer for a minimal cost.
In shops aiming to minimize hand finishing, machined surfaces have to be smooth.
Minimal cost savings, increased dependence on foreign oil, and high administrative costs are among reasons why this idea ran out of gas.
In Mary Heilmann's early years in New York, she tried to win the attention of the young stars of Minimalism.
Anecdotal evidence seems to indicate that employees are increasingly reacting to their layoffs and terminations with varying degrees of revenge HR leaders need to create processes and procedures that minimize that risk.
Minimal information about these new restaurants.
The school administrator, short of funds, can offer only the most minimal of wages.
Abdominal/Pelvic and Minimally Invasive Surgery Specialty Assembly.
Waste minimization is an increasingly essential element of solids management.
(AP) — The Environmental Protection Agency says the city of Jackson released more than 2.8 billion gallons of minimally treated sewage into the Pearl River system over the last four years.
The findings support the commonly held "selfish-herd" theory, which posits that animals flock together to minimize their individual risk.

In science:

Roughly speaking, this statement says that the minimal displacement of a compact subset of isometries of a symmetric space or an affine building is comparable to the minimal displacement of a single element belonging to some bounded power of the subset.
Uniform independence in linear groups
By Theorem 3.5 in , if we substitute Fij for xij in a minimal system of generators of It (L), we obtain a minimal system of generators for It (L) in the case M = (Fij ) and ht It (L) = (m−t+1)(n−t+1)−1.
A generalized Gaeta's Theorem
Minimality of both systems of generators can be checked with a mapping cone argument, using the fact that the t × t minors of M , L, N are minimal systems of generators of IX , IY , IX ′ respectively.
A generalized Gaeta's Theorem
We then deal with definable groups for 2-dependent theories, a wider class of first order theories proving that for many pairs (M , N ) of models the minimal bounded subgroup definable over M ∪ N is the intersection of the minimal ones for M and for N .
Definable groups for dependent and 2-dependent theories
The inclusion of background fluxes has led to the generalization of the classical notion of a calibration from a volume minimizing to an energy minimizing background form.
D-brane networks in flux vacua, generalized cycles and calibrations
In , Lin and Matui (Lemma 4.2 of ) showed that α × Rξ is minimal if and only if α in minimal and n[ξ ] 6= 0 in C (X, T)/ {η − η ◦ α−1 : η ∈ C (X, T)} for all n in N.
The Automorphism group of a simple tracially AI algebra
We discuss the optimal procedure minimizing the total number of data to be acquired, and show how this minimal amount of data can be calculated from the probability of survival of an abstract walker in a partially absorbing potential.
Reconstructing a Random Potential from its Random Walks
The set Forb(F ′ ) is clearly determined by the minimal elements of F ′ (minimal in the homomorphism order).
Forbidden lists (NP and CSP for combinatorialists)
Note that, if x0 is a periodic point of f with minimal period m, then, for every integer 1 ≤ k ≤ m, f k (x0 ) is also a periodic point of f with minimal period m and they are all distinct.
A Simple Method Which Generates Infinitely Many Congruence Identities
Some of minimal points of the lattice U E (L, B ) may not be minimal in U E (L, B ′ ).
Universally defined representations of Lie conformal superalgebras
The set Forb(F ′ ) is clearly determined by the minimal elements of F ′ (minimal in the homomorphism order).
NP by means of lifts and shadows
We determine the minimal element of the class as the vertex whose numbers j and l take minimal values among those of vertices that belong to this class.
On Connected Diagrams and Cumulants of Erdos-Renyi Matrix Models
For the remaining Xc for c ∈ C on which min T 6≡ D, we can see from (201) that these correspond to X ′ c′ for c′ ∈ C ′ , since the smooth branches of T on their minimal subsets in X correspond to the smooth branches of T ′ on their minimal subsets in ∂X .
Kuranishi homology and Kuranishi cohomology
The remaining Xc come from minimal branches u + θ(2 − t) from the second line of (204), and these correspond to minimal branches of T ′ on ∂X and so to components X ′ c′ , with π(Xc′ ) ⊂ X the union of segments of flow lines of v starting in π(X ′ c′ ) ⊂ ι(∂X ).
Kuranishi homology and Kuranishi cohomology
By minimality of k , we get s ≥ k , proving minimality of fu (t)pk .
Generators of simple Lie algebras in arbitrary characteristics