minute

noun
min·ute | \ˈmi-nət \

Definition of minute 

(Entry 1 of 3)

1a : 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.

4a : 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.

minute

adjective
mi·nute | \mī-ˈnüt, mə-, -ˈnyüt\
minuter; minutest

Definition of minute (Entry 2 of 3)

1 : very small : infinitesimal

2 : of small importance : trifling

3 : marked by close attention to details

minute

verb
min·ute | \ˈmi-nət \
minuted; minuting

Definition of minute (Entry 3 of 3)

transitive verb

: to make notes or a brief summary of

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Other Words from minute

Adjective

minuteness noun

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Adjective

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

Examples of minute in a Sentence

Noun

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

Adjective

There were minute particles of dust in the air. The test detected minute amounts of contamination. The equipment is able to detect the minutest errors. She told him what happened in minute detail. a minute examination of the evidence
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Those additional minutes essentially add up to a complete extra game. Martin Rogers, USA TODAY, "How the World Cup final between France and Croatia will be won," 13 July 2018 The change aims to add between 10 to 15 minutes in class for students. Diane Smith, star-telegram, "Hey, Fort Worth students, do you know what time classes start next school year?," 13 July 2018 On his recent two-day royal visit to Dublin, Ireland, with Meghan Markle, the newlyweds spent more than 20 minutes greeting fans on their stop to Trinity College on Wednesday. Maura Hohman, PEOPLE.com, "See Prince Harry's Trick for Greeting an Entire Crowd of Fans at Once!," 12 July 2018 He was known to spend years on his compositions, blowing past deadlines but delivering pieces that — despite rarely running more than 20 minutes — made him one of the most celebrated British composers since Benjamin Britten, an early mentor. Harrison Smith, Washington Post, "Oliver Knussen, influential composer of ‘Where the Wild Things Are’ opera, dies at 66," 12 July 2018 Restaurant worker Juan Ramon Hernandez said people in the mall were evacuated only about five minutes before the offices sheared off. Fox News, "Controversial shopping mall partly collapses in Mexico City," 12 July 2018 As the principal characters change, Hong charts their growth through a subtle visual language that emphasizes minute gestures and interpersonal rifts. Ben Sachs, Chicago Reader, "Hong Sang-soo and Kim Min-hee's real-life affair yields a trio of films about infidelity," 12 July 2018 Earlier this week, Daniels performed in Washington minutes before President Donald Trump announced his Supreme Court nomination. Author: Samantha Schmidt, Anchorage Daily News, "Stormy Daniels arrested at an Ohio strip club for touching patrons, police say," 12 July 2018 Shipped in ready-to-heat cups (simply microwave for one to two minutes), the preservative-free vegetable medleys are available in three refreshing flavors: chickpea and za’atar, beet and sesame, and kale and lemongrass. Zoe Ruffner, Vogue, "5 New Healthy Meal-Delivery Programs, Just In Time for Summer," 11 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

At its farm in Paterson, Wash., Lamb Weston grows half a dozen potato varieties on 20,000 irrigated acres, tracking even the most minute differences in hydration, temperature and other environmental factors. Rachel Abrams, New York Times, "A French Fry Gets Soggy in 5 Minutes. This Company Wants to Keep It Crispy for 60.," 29 June 2018 Hobson did the same for each category, hunting down the minutest detail for each nominee. John Wenz, Popular Mechanics, "Here's the Man Behind the Oscar Nomination Sequences," 23 Feb. 2015 At its farm in Paterson, Benton County, Lamb Weston grows half a dozen potato varieties on 20,000 irrigated acres, tracking even the most minute differences in hydration, temperature and other environmental factors. Rachel Abrams, The Seattle Times, "Out of the fryer and into the Uber car: Idaho-based Lamb Weston trying to deliver crispy fries," 3 July 2018 Everything was thought out down to the most minute detail. Steven J. Horowitz, Billboard, "Michelle Williams Explains How Destiny's Child Reunion Came Together For Beyonce's Coachella Performance," 24 Apr. 2018 In a grainy, minute-long video posted online by Lansdale police, the man is seen crossing North Broad Street and 7th Street. Katie Park, Philly.com, "Police investigating the death of a popular Montgomery County barber want to know who this man is," 30 May 2018 Beginning with Frederick Taylor at the turn of the 20th century, management consultants have boosted output by analyzing and standardizing the most minute movements of their workers. Eoin O'carroll, The Christian Science Monitor, "Can your boss make you wear a Fitbit?," 15 Mar. 2018 From self-lacing sneakers to chairs that park themselves at desks, high-tech conveniences have arrived to eliminate the minutest hassles of everyday life. NBC News, "Watch these self-driving slippers park themselves at the push of a button," 13 Feb. 2018 Arguably the greatest singer of the 20th century, Callas — eerily, well, radiant in a white satiny gown and rich red stole — was recreated for the occasion, down to the minutest movements of her hands and the subtlest facial gestures. Anthony Tommasini, New York Times, "What a Hologram of Maria Callas Can Teach Us About Opera," 15 Jan. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The turn of Slender-White’s head or the flick of Burns’ hand drew intense scrutiny, and the mind reeled at artists who would devote themselves to creating so minute a masterwork. Claudia Bauer, San Francisco Chronicle, "2017 in review: a year of expanding boundaries in dance," 29 Dec. 2017 Hoffenheim came out the better in the second half and played some exceptional football in this match, however in the 62nd minute their good work was undone when defender Stefan Posch brought down Kagawa in the box, and Dortmund had a penalty. SI.com, "Borussia Dortmund 2-1 TSG Hoffenheim: Late Christian Pulisic Strike Seals Hard-Fought Win for BVB," 16 Dec. 2017 It wasn't meant to be followed on a day to day, minute to minute basis. Danielle Ofri, Slate Magazine, "Should Doctors Treat Trump Anxiety?," 19 Jan. 2017 A 1929 Mercedes-Benz S Barker Tourer took first prize overall at the annual event, winning top honors for its owner’s dedication to minute details of authenticity and provenance. Hannah Elliott, Bloomberg.com, "Get Up Close and Personal With the World’s Top Classic Cars," 21 Aug. 2017 These include various breathing and visualization exercises, and also work with eye positions—based on the theory that different emotions correlate to minute variations in the direction of gaze. Matthew Green, Newsweek, "A Radical New Therapy Could Treat the 'Untreatable' Victims of Trauma," 23 Mar. 2017

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First Known Use of minute

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Adjective

1606, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1601, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for minute

Noun

Middle English, from Middle French, from Late Latin minuta, from Latin minutus small, from past participle of minuere to lessen — more at minor

Adjective

Latin minutus

Verb

see minute entry 1

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minute

noun

English Language Learners Definition of minute

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: 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

English Language Learners Definition of minute (Entry 2 of 2)

: very small

: very complete and precise

minute

noun
min·ute | \ˈmi-nət \

Kids Definition of minute

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a unit of time equal to 60 seconds : the 60th part of an hour

2 : moment sense 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

minute

adjective
mi·nute | \mī-ˈnüt, mə-, -ˈnyüt\
minuter; minutest

Kids Definition of minute (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : very small : tiny minute particles of dust

2 : marked by or paying attention to small details a minute description

Other Words from minute

minutely adverb He lifted the wand and examined it minutely— J. K. Rowling, Goblet of Fire

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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minute

noun
min·ute | \ˈmi-nət \

Legal Definition of minute 

1 : a brief note (as of summary or recommendation)

3  plural : the official record of the proceedings of a meeting or court

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