• 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
  • Interesting fact: Doctors in Canada use an adhesive similar to Krazy Glue instead of stitches, lowering the possibility of bacterial infection and minimizing scarring
    • n Minimization The act or process of minimizing.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Ricin is a protein produced by the castor oil plant, Ricinus communis, which is highly toxic (the minimal lethal dose is around 1 µg / kg body weight, that means 1/15th of a milligram could kill a 150 lb. person). Ricin can be a dangerous contaminant, making the production of castor oil a precisely controlled process.
    • 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

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