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minute

noun min·ute \ ˈmi-nət \
Updated on: 13 Dec 2017

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
  • Its latitude is 41 degrees 55 minute north.
2 : the distance one can traverse in a minute
  • Five minutes down the road is a gas station.
3 : a short space of time : moment
  • Dinner will be ready in just a few minutes.
4 a : a brief note (as of summary or recommendation)
  • He received a minute of instructions.
b : memorandum, draft
  • sent the president a minute explaining the problem
c minutes plural : the official record of the proceedings of a meeting
  • The secretary read the minutes of the previous meeting.

Examples of minute in a Sentence

  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.

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Origin and Etymology 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

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minute

verb

Definition of minute

minuted; minuting
transitive verb
: to make notes or a brief summary of

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Origin and Etymology of minute


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minute

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

Definition of minute

minuter; minutest
1 : very small : infinitesimal
2 : of small importance : trifling
3 : marked by close attention to details

minuteness

noun

Examples of minute in a Sentence

  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

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Origin and Etymology of minute

Latin minutus

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

MINUTE Defined for English Language Learners

minute

noun

Definition of minute for English Language Learners

  • : 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


minute

adjective

Definition of minute for English Language Learners

  • : very small

  • : very complete and precise


MINUTE Defined for Kids

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minute

noun min·ute \ ˈmi-nət \

Definition of minute for Students

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

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minute

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

Definition of minute for Students

minuter; minutest
1 : very small : tiny
  • minute particles of dust
2 : marked by or paying attention to small details
  • a minute description

minutely

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

Law Dictionary

minute

noun min·ute \ ˈmi-nət \

legal Definition of minute

1 : a brief note (as of summary or recommendation)
2 : memorandum 1
3 plural : the official record of the proceedings of a meeting or court


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