mi·​nute·​ly | \ mī-ˈnüt-lē How to pronounce minutely (audio) , mə-, -ˈnyüt- \

Definition of minutely

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : into very small pieces
2 : in a minute manner or degree a minutely detailed analysis


min·​ute·​ly | \ ˈmi-nət-lē How to pronounce minutely (audio) \

Definition of minutely (Entry 2 of 2)

: minute by minute

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Examples of minutely in a Sentence

Adverb a minutely detailed analysis of the series of glitches that resulted in the blackout
Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb Every daily action — from water consumption to creating a sleep and rest schedule — is minutely tuned. Julia Poe, orlandosentinel.com, "Orlando Pride veterans cope with growing pains, eager to win in 2021," 22 Oct. 2020 Using wood, paint chips and plaster in techniques of assemblage and additive collage, Drew creates wall reliefs that are both monumental in scale (up to 10 feet tall) and minutely detailed. Dallas News, "Fall Arts Preview: Find out what to enjoy from our critics and contributors and how to see them safely," 4 Sep. 2020 Words made minutely different can mean wildly different things. Adam Gopnik, The New Yorker, "The Paradoxical Role of Social Capital in the Coronavirus Pandemic," 8 Aug. 2020 Quebec is Canada’s familiar-strange double, a return of the repressed, so like the rest of the country and yet so minutely, eerily different. Aaron Gilbreath, Longreads, "Snapshot of Canada: An Accidental Reading List," 29 May 2020 She had never been looked at so minutely or with such interest. Lauren Groff, The Atlantic, "Birdie," 14 Jan. 2020 Henry James could, in a light mood, have told it as minutely as Lubitsch has in pictures: but at what a length. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, "Rotten Tomatoes Unearths Noteworthy Film Critics of the Past," 31 Mar. 2020 Fritzsche’s book minutely describes this nationwide slide from credulous delusion to a willful embrace of catastrophe. Jennifer Szalai, New York Times, "A Sobering Look at How Quickly Hitler Transformed Germany," 17 Mar. 2020 Weather varies, moods swing, sinuses clog; the steak sliced from this end of the loin is minutely more tender than the steak sliced from that end; table companions are a distraction, an enhancement, or a nightmare. Helen Rosner, The New Yorker, "The Best Things I’ve Eaten This Decade," 31 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of minutely


1599, in the meaning defined at sense 1


circa 1616, in the meaning defined above

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“Minutely.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/minutely. Accessed 2 Mar. 2021.

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