Crossword clues for least
- Smallest possible
- Most trivial
- Minimal amount
- "It's the ___ I can do"
- Most negligible
- Absolute minimum
- Closest to zero
- Minimum amount
- Tiniest thing
- Tiniest bit
- Most's opposite
- Part of L.C.D.
- Most insignificant
- Smallest amount
- The smallest part
- At ___ (in any case)
- Describing some bitterns and flycatchers
- Opposite of the lion's share
- Next to nothing
- "___ said is soonest mended"
- Kin of fewest
- Kind of wise
- "___ said, soonest mended"
- Kind of flycatcher
- Not in the _____
- Part of L.C.M.
- ___squares (statistical method)
- Extreme amount
- "It was the ___ I could do"
- Most trifling
- Kind of resistance?
- What the booby prize winner scored
- Lowest in importance
- Opposite of most
- Nadir amount
- The "L" of L.C.D.
- "That's the ___ I can do"
- Mathematical extreme
- Bare minimum
- Not in the ___
- Closest to nil
- ___ of all
Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
The Collaborative International Dictionary
Least \Least\, adv. In the smallest or lowest degree; in a degree below all others; as, to reward those who least deserve it.
Least \Least\, conj.
See Lest, conj. [Obs.]
Least \Least\ (l[=e]st), a. [OE. last, lest, AS. l[=ae]sast, l[=ae]sest, superl. of l[=ae]ssa less. See Less, a.] [Used as the superlative of little.] Smallest, either in size or degree; shortest; lowest; most unimportant; as, the least insect; the least mercy; the least space.
Note: Least is often used with the, as if a noun.
I am the least of the apostles.
--1 Cor. xv. 9.
At least, or At the least, at the least estimate, consideration, chance, etc.; being no less than; hence, at any rate; at all events; even. See However.
He who tempts, though in vain, at least asperses
The tempted with dishonor.
Upon the mast they saw a young man, at least if he
were a man, who sat as on horseback.
--Sir P. Sidney.
In least, or In the least, in the least degree, manner,
etc. ``He that is unjust in the least is unjust also in
--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 quantities.
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 minimum.
Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
Old English læst, earlier læsest "smallest" (superlative of lytel "small"), from Proto-Germanic superlative *laisistaz (see less). Qualifying phrase at least is Middle English æt læstan. As a noun, from early 12c.; as an adverb, c.1200.
adv. 1 Used for forming superlatives of adjectives, especially those that do not form the superlative by adding ''-est''. 2 In the smallest or lowest degree; in a degree below all others. det. (en-superlativelittle);The smallest amount of [something Appendix:Glossary#uncountable].
adj. the superlative of `little' that can be used with mass nouns and is usually preceded by `the'; a quantifier meaning smallest in amount or extent or degree; "didn't care the least bit"; "he has the least talent of anyone" [syn: least(a)] [ant: most(a)]
Least may refer to:
Usage examples of "least".
Lionel Brown had fractured his left leg in at least two places, broken his left wrist, and probably crushed a couple of ribs.
Darcy will be departing Said Ababa with at least five million dollars in liquid assets.
At least half of them were mush-skinned Abaddon corpses, walking dead.
Evidently, somewhere near Aberdeen there is at least one mine from which platinum is extracted.
Such a work is now attempted--would it were by another and abler hand-- which, imperfect as it is, may at least offer some useful suggestions, give a right direction to political thought, although it should fail to satisfy the mind of the reader.
Elwyn might not hurt him deliberately, but it was at least even money that she would drop him, or forget him in some inconvenient place, or absentmindedly lead him into a Chaotic Zone if she could find one.
All this, if you please, because I have brought away the image of a god that none of their forefathers can have seen for generations, since the tablets buried with it, written in old Accadian, show that it was set beneath the angle of the temple, probably in a time of danger at least a thousand years ago.
But after the court of the Achaemenid, that of Magadha was provincial, to say the least.
Also, whenever possible, the Achaemenid tries to leave at least the semblance of power to the old ruling houses.
No one ever had trouble hearing what Adams had to say, nor was there ever the least ambiguity about what he meant.
That it was, at the least, inconsistent for slave owners to be espousing freedom and equality was not lost on Adams, any more than on others on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean.
La Vauguyon, a plump and personable young man whom Adams genuinely liked, spent the next several hours trying to dissuade him, urging that at the least he wait for an opinion from Vergennes.
But it was also clear to Adams that neither Jefferson nor Madison had the least desire to work with the administration, and thus he could expect no help from any of the Republicans.
French Revolution, which Adams read at least twice and with delight, since he disagreed with nearly everything she said.
The streets were deserted--or at least they seemed to be--as Stevie and Adonis made their way down a back alley and, after disarming the security system, entered her home.