minute hand

noun

Definition of minute hand

: the long hand that marks the minutes on the face of a watch or clock

Examples of minute hand in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The last time change was in 2018, when the minute hand crept 30 seconds toward midnight, resting just two minutes shy of the end of the world. Tribune News Service, oregonlive, "Doomsday Clock clicks closer to perilous hour; world affairs ‘profoundly unstable’," 24 Jan. 2020 In fact, during the Cuban Missile Crisis, when the world was arguably perched most precariously on the precipice of nuclear war, the infamous minute hand didn’t move a bit. Rachel Feltman, Popular Science, "The Doomsday Clock is now closer to midnight than ever before," 23 Jan. 2020 Whether or not the clock's minute hand moves every year is decided by the organization's Science and Security Board alongside its Board of Sponsors — comprised of more than a dozen Nobel laureates, according to the organization. Audrey Mcnamara, CBS News, "Doomsday Clock is now 100 seconds to midnight, the closest since the Cold War," 23 Jan. 2020 The clock tower is 235 feet high, and its minute hands are 11 feet long. Steve Rubenstein, SFChronicle.com, "Step back in history at the Ferry Building, before the days of $5 coffee," 31 Aug. 2019 There’s also a compass that uses the hour and minute hands to form the needle. Emily Reed, Outside Online, "Our Editors' Oldest, Most Well-Loved Gear," 5 June 2018 Since then, the bulletin's board has determined when the clock's minute hand will move, usually to draw attention to worldwide crises that, the board believes, threaten the survival of the human species. The Washington Post, OregonLive.com, "Doomsday Clock just moved: It's now 2 minutes to 'midnight,' the symbolic hour of the apocalypse," 25 Jan. 2018 Since then, the bulletin's board has determined when the clock's minute hand will move, usually to draw attention to worldwide crises that, the board believes, threaten the survival of the human species. The Washington Post, AL.com, "Doomsday Clock advances to 2 minutes until midnight," 25 Jan. 2018 This theory’s detractors point out that minute hands on clocks were only introduced in the late 1500s and became common even later. Merrill Fabry, Time, "Why Is Tennis Scored So Weirdly?," 11 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of minute hand

1720, in the meaning defined above

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“Minute hand.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/minute%20hand. Accessed 29 Nov. 2020.

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minute hand

noun

English Language Learners Definition of minute hand

: the long hand that marks the minutes on a watch or clock

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