minute

noun
min·​ute | \ ˈmi-nət How to pronounce minute (audio) \

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 How to pronounce minute (audio) , 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 How to pronounce minute (audio) \
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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The city got its costs with Securus down to 3 cents a minute. Laurence Darmientostaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, "Troubled companies made him billions. A prison phone investment made him enemies," 5 Sep. 2019 After that, the Bulldogs drove down the field, but Antoine Winfield Jr.’s interception in the end zone with a minute remaining saved the U’s 21-14 win. Andy Greder, Twin Cities, "Gophers football: How to watch the first road game at Fresno State," 5 Sep. 2019 Danny Drinkwater makes the cut because, as revealed by Ruben Loftus-Cheek in an interview with FourFourTwo, and despite not playing a minute of the 2018/19 campaign, Danny Drinkwater is/was Chelsea's biggest joker. SI.com, "6 of the Biggest Dressing Room Clowns in World Football," 4 Sep. 2019 White called Sunday’s draw between Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday, flew to Chicago on Monday and spoke to the Tribune for a few minutes Tuesday ahead of his duties at Wrigley. Phil Rosenthal, chicagotribune.com, "Arlo White is the voice of the Premier League on NBC. And although he’s from England, he’s a die-hard Cubs and Bears fan.," 3 Sep. 2019 Alabama A&M - guided by quarterback Aqeel Glass - led the entire game until a minute left in the final quarter, when Morehouse running back Santo Dunn leaped high from one yard out to give Morehouse a 30-28 lead. Marc Bona, cleveland.com, "Alabama A&M edges Morehouse College, 35-30, in 1st Classic," 1 Sep. 2019 But don’t for a minute think Phoenix isn’t funny, too. Stephanie Zacharek, Time, "Joker Wants to Be a Movie About the Emptiness of Our Culture. Instead, It’s a Prime Example of It," 31 Aug. 2019 The flight lasted just under a minute and drone footage shows the Starhopper rising what Musk said was a altitude limit of no more than 150 meters. Richard Tribou, orlandosentinel.com, "SpaceX releases video of Starhopper launch and landing test," 29 Aug. 2019 And on YouTube's BookTube, bibliophiles upload video logs anywhere from a couple minutes to more than an hour long. Dallas News, "Bookstagrammers and BookTubers changing the way people read," 26 Aug. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

According to legend, Hill was interested in the most minute details, right down to what type of soap was stocked in the hotels. Justin Franz, The Know, "Have Glacier National Park to yourself," 1 Sep. 2019 According to legend, Hill was interested in the most minute details, right down to what type of soap was stocked in the hotels. Justin Franz, Houston Chronicle, "Have Glacier National Park to yourself in the fall," 30 Aug. 2019 According to legend, Hill was interested in the most minute details, right down to what type of soap was stocked in the hotels. Justin Franz, Washington Post, "Enjoying Glacier National Park’s quiet season," 23 Aug. 2019 Within astrology, even the most minute details are significant. Aliza Kelly, SELF, "If You're Asking If Astrology Is 'Real,' You're Missing the Point," 21 June 2019 His compositions combine minute nature close-ups with vast details — like Malick minus insight — which connects Reygadas to the superficial flashiness of his countryman Alfonso Cuarón. Armond White, National Review, "Franco Zeffirelli: Unlikely Conservative Hero," 20 June 2019 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

That kind of dynamism where people are making the decisions minute to minute whether to work simply does not exist in the traditional employment framework. Carolyn Said, SFChronicle.com, "Facing AB5, Uber’s Tony West discusses improving drivers’ lot," 11 July 2019 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 and Verb

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

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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 How to pronounce minute (audio) \

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 How to pronounce minute (audio) , 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 How to pronounce minute (audio) \

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 How to pronounce minute (audio) \

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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