minute hand

noun

Definition of minute hand

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

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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 So the hour and the minute hand line up 12 – 1 = 11 times over one full rotation of the hour hand resulting in an 11-fold symmetry of the positions of the hands on the clock. Quanta Magazine, "Solution: ‘Creating Art With Mathematics’," 30 Oct. 2015 So the hour and the minute hand line up 12 – 1 = 11 times over one full rotation of the hour hand resulting in an 11-fold symmetry of the positions of the hands on the clock. Quanta Magazine, "Solution: ‘Creating Art With Mathematics’," 30 Oct. 2015 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

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1720, in the meaning defined above

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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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