minute hand


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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The indices and hour and minute hands are treated with Super-Luminova. Nancy Olson, Forbes, 27 Mar. 2023 The dial is classically minimalist, with needle-thin central hour and minute hands and eccentric details like long pointed hash marks at 3, 6 and 9 o’clock, pearled 18k white gold minute markers and an 18k gold Maltese cross, the brand’s logo, at 12 o’clock. Justin Fenner, Robb Report, 27 Mar. 2023 Socolow is right that anti-scientific impulses in the United States and elsewhere are an alarming feature of today's world and perhaps indeed good reason to move the doomsday minute hand closer to midnight. IEEE Spectrum, 14 Mar. 2023 The newest dive features a bold and stylish color scheme, highlighted by the sunburst face and purple minute hand. Christian Gollayan, Men's Health, 7 Mar. 2023 The unique styling is enhanced by the flexible minute hand, which expands and changes shape according to its position on the oblong dial. Cait Bazemore, Robb Report, 28 Nov. 2022 Its designers reached back in time to before the Industrial Revolution, when the minute hand was introduced, to settle on something more timeless (think sundials and old clock towers). Will Palmer, Outside Online, 26 Oct. 2021 With the clockwise motion of the minute hand, these graduations faded and reappeared on the screen in time with the ticking of the clock sample that loops the LP. Rachel Narozniak, Billboard, 10 Oct. 2022 Thread the two together, and glue the minute hand to the dowel and the hour hand to the PVC. Lara Sorokanich, Popular Mechanics, 4 Oct. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1720, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of minute hand was in 1720

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“Minute hand.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/minute%20hand. Accessed 30 May. 2023.

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minute hand

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