• WordNet 3.6
    • v minimize make small or insignificant "Let's minimize the risk"
    • v minimize represent as less significant or important
    • v minimize cause to seem less serious; play down "Don't belittle his influence"
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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
    • minimize To reduce to the smallest part or proportion possible; to reduce to a minimum.
    • minimize To represent, to oneself or others, as of no importance or minimal importance or effect; to belittle or disarage.
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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.
    • minimize To reduce to a minimum, or to the lowest terms or proportions; make as little or slight as possible; also, to depreciate; treat slightingly: as, to minimize the chances of war. Also spelled minimise.
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  • Hilton Kramer
    Hilton Kramer
    “The more minimal the art, the more maximum the explanation.”


In literature:

They made them tell in every detail the story of the fight, which the boys tried to minimize as much as possible.
"Bert Wilson in the Rockies" by J. W. Duffield
A long muzzle, a long back, or one badly roached, poor tail, bad legs and feet, can all be minimized by posing the dog on the stand.
"The Boston Terrier and All About It" by Edward Axtell
Itaque iussit Herculem capere et ad se reportare cervum quendam; nam minime cupivit tantum virum in regno suo tenere.
"Latin for Beginners" by Benjamin Leonard D'Ooge
What steps must be taken to minimize the dislocation of industry and to prevent unemployment?
"With Our Soldiers in France" by Sherwood Eddy
And the while preparations for sighting the enemy have never been minimized.
"Our Navy in the War" by Lawrence Perry
They go far to minimize the disadvantages of color everywhere.
"Twentieth Century Negro Literature" by Various
The merits were commonly minimized to emphasize the mercy, with happy results for the interest of the play.
"The Growth of English Drama" by Arnold Wynne
May I venture to suggest that there are some ways by which it is possible for us to minimize the danger we find in these discontents?
"Modern Eloquence: Vol II, After-Dinner Speeches E-O" by Various
If anything leaked out of importance it was minimized in press and Parliament.
"The New York Times Current History: the European War, February, 1915" by Various
But even a sub-minimal stimulus will, though singly ineffective, become effective by the summation of several.
"Response in the Living and Non-Living" by Jagadis Chunder Bose

In news:

With about the same square footage as a Midtown elevator, the bright and minimal space still packs a punch with an array of rich, buttery cookies.
It runs and drives (see video on auction page) and has very minimal rust.
As residential and business installations mount, industry works to minimize headaches created by jump in two-way flow of power.
With no moving parts, the magmeter allows unobstructed flow, minimizing straight pipe requirements.
Andrew Mills/The Star-Ledger David Stern is looking to find the right balance between international play and NBA time for players in order to minimize injury.
Inaccuracies are minimal, and the molding processes are at a level as to compete with the best.
Linked to minimize sediment collection, the PoopLoop joint from Metraflex is designed with a cleanout "T" to facilitate servicing and comply with most code requirements.
An expat in Sao Paulo talks of helping hands—and a minimal bureaucracy.
With ease in accessing the seals and the seals no longer in direct contact with product flow, maintenance time is minimized.
A new study suggests that people with even minimal eye damage involving the blood vessels of the retina, due to vascular disease, have a higher risk for memory and thinking declines.
NLT SPINE Reports Positive Clinical Results for PROW FUSION, Its Lumbar Interbody Fusion Device for Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery.
Most Consumers Think Home is Minimally Green Jun 9, 2011 Printable format Email this Article Search.
Minimally Invasive Procedures Offer Help for Varicose Veins.
When the late, great Temple Records was about to close, the store's minimal techno guru DJ PLEXUS put a petition by the cash register.
With similar day and night temperature setpoints, the need for chemical height control is minimal for many varieties.

In science:

Until we say otherwise ¯M denotes a (saturated) o-minimal expansion of a real closed field K , G is a definably compact definably connected definable group in ¯M of o-minimal dimension n, and π is the canonical surjective homomorphism from G to G/G00 .
On NIP and invariant measures
Corollary 8.7. J is a semi-o-minimal connected compact Lie group definable in ¯M ∗ with both semi-o-minimal and Lie group dimension n.
On NIP and invariant measures
The ergodic components of a minimizing measure are also minimizing, and they are mutually singular, so that the set M(L) of minimizing measures is a simplex whose extremal points are the ergodic minimizing measures.
A generic property of families of Lagrangian systems
We introduce the o-minimal Lusternik-Schnirelmann category (in short o-minimal LS-category) of definable sets in an o-minimal expansion R of a real closed field.
On the o-minimal LS-category
For instance, the two assertions minimize cost(plan) and minimize cost(goal) constrain the search of a plan with minimal global cost and with minimal cost of the goal state, respectively.
Multi-valued Action Languages in CLP(FD)