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Meaning of LEAST

Pronunciation:  leest

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [adv]  used to form the superlative; "The garter snake is the least dangerous snake"
  2. [adj]  having or being distinguished by diminutive size; "the least bittern"
  3. [adj]  minimal in magnitude; "lowest wages"; "the least amount of fat allowed"; "the smallest amount"

LEAST is a 5 letter word that starts with L.


 Synonyms: little, littlest, lowest, minimal, minimum, small, smallest, to the lowest degree
 Antonyms: most, to the highest degree



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Least\, a. [OE. last, lest, AS. l?sast, l?sest, superl.
    of l?ssa less. See {Less}, a.] [Used as the superlative of
    Smallest, either in size or degree; shortest; lowest; most
    unimportant; as, the least insect; the least mercy; the least
    Note: Least is often used with the, as if a noun.
                I am the least of the apostles.    --1 Cor. xv.
    {At least}, or {At the least}, at the least estimate,
       consideration, chance, etc.; hence, at any rate; at all
       events; even. See {However}.
             He who tempts, though in vain, at least asperses The
             tempted with dishonor.                --Milton.
             Upon the mast they saw a young man, at least if he
             were a man, who sat as on horseback.  --Sir P.
    {In least}, or {In the least}, in the least degree, manner,
       etc. ``He that is unjust in the least is unjust also in
       much.'' --Luke xvi. 10.
    {Least squares} (Math.), a method of deducing from a number
       of carefully made yet slightly discordant observations of
       a phenomenon the most probable values of the unknown
    Note: It takes as its fundamental principle that the most
          probable values are those which make the sum of the
          squares of the residual errors of the observation a
  2. \Least\, adv.
    In the smallest or lowest degree; in a degree below all
    others; as, to reward those who least deserve it.
  3. \Least\, conj.
    See {Lest}, conj. [Obs.] --Spenser.
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