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noun min·ute \ˈmi-nət\

: a unit of time equal to 60 seconds : one 60th of an hour

: a brief period of time

: the distance that can be traveled in a minute

Full Definition of MINUTE

1
a :  the 60th part of an hour of time :  60 seconds
b :  the 60th part of a degree of angular measure
2
:  the distance one can traverse in a minute
3
:  a short space of time :  moment
4
a :  a brief note (as of summary or recommendation)
b :  memorandum, draft
c plural :  the official record of the proceedings of a meeting

Examples of MINUTE

  1. Bake the cake for 25–30 minutes.
  2. We waited for several minutes, but no one came to the door.
  3. I saw him a minute ago.
  4. Dinner will be ready in just a few minutes.
  5. One minute it was sunny, the next it was pouring rain.
  6. My house is just a few minutes from here.
  7. The secretary read the minutes of the last meeting.

Origin of MINUTE

Middle English, from Middle French, from Late Latin minuta, from Latin minutus small, from past participle of minuere to lessen — more at minor
First Known Use: 14th century

Other Weights and Measures Terms

avoirdupois weight, calorie, denier, kip, pace, twain

Rhymes with MINUTE

2minute

verb
min·ut·edmin·ut·ing

Definition of MINUTE

transitive verb
:  to make notes or a brief summary of

First Known Use of MINUTE

1601

3minute

adjective mi·nute \mī-ˈnüt, mə-, -ˈnyüt\

: very small

: very complete and precise

mi·nut·ermi·nut·est

Full Definition of MINUTE

1
:  very small :  infinitesimal
2
:  of small importance :  trifling
3
:  marked by close attention to details
mi·nute·ness noun

Examples of MINUTE

  1. There were minute particles of dust in the air.
  2. The test detected minute amounts of contamination.
  3. The equipment is able to detect the minutest errors.
  4. She told him what happened in minute detail.
  5. a minute examination of the evidence

Origin of MINUTE

Latin minutus
First Known Use: 1606

Synonym Discussion of MINUTE

small, little, diminutive, minute, tiny, miniature mean noticeably below average in size. small and little are often interchangeable, but small applies more to relative size determined by capacity, value, number <a relatively small backyard>. little is more absolute in implication often carrying the idea of petiteness, pettiness, insignificance, or immaturity <your pathetic little smile>. diminutive implies abnormal smallness <diminutive bonsai plants>. minute implies extreme smallness <a minute amount of caffeine in the soda>. tiny is an informal equivalent to minute <tiny cracks formed in the painting>. miniature applies to an exactly proportioned reproduction on a very small scale <a dollhouse with miniature furnishings>.

circumstantial, minute, particular, detailed mean dealing with a matter fully and usually point by point. circumstantial implies fullness of detail that fixes something described in time and space <a circumstantial account of our visit>. minute implies close and searching attention to the smallest details <a minute examination of a fossil>. particular implies a precise attention to every detail <a particular description of the scene of the crime>. detailed stresses abundance or completeness of detail <a detailed analysis of the event>.
MINUTEST Defined for Kids

1minute

noun min·ute \ˈmi-nət\

Definition of MINUTE for Kids

1
:  a unit of time equal to 60 seconds :  the 60th part of an hour
2
:  moment 1 <Can you wait a minute?>
3
:  one of 60 equal parts into which a degree can be divided for measuring angles
4
minutes plural :  a brief record of what was said and done during a meeting

2minute

adjective mi·nute \mī-ˈnüt, mə-, -ˈnyüt\
mi·nut·ermi·nut·est

Definition of MINUTE for Kids

1
:  very small :  tiny <minute particles of dust>
2
:  marked by or paying attention to small details <a minute description>
mi·nute·ly adverb <He lifted the wand and examined it minutely … — J. K. Rowling, Goblet of Fire>

Headscratcher for MINUTE

Depending on how you pronounce minute it has one of two different meanings. When the u is short, a minute is a short period of time made up of 60 seconds. When the u is long, minute means very tiny. Either way, it's something small.
Medical Dictionary

minute

noun min·ute \ˈmin-ət\

Medical Definition of MINUTE

:  a 60th part of an hour of time or of a degree

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