Definition: An asymptotic bound, as function of the size of the input, on the best (fastest, least amount of space used, etc.) an algorithm can possibly achieve to solve a problem. That is, no algorithm can use fewer resources than the bound.
See also Ω, asymptotic upper bound, asymptotically tight bound.
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Sandeep Kumar Shukla, "asymptotic lower bound", in Dictionary of Algorithms and Data Structures [online], Paul E. Black, ed., U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology. 17 December 2004. (accessed TODAY) Available from: http://www.nist.gov/dads/HTML/asymptoticLowerBound.html