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

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 Richard Branson’s Virgin Atlantic, however, is taking plane weight loss to a whole new, minutely fastidious level: The airline recently piloted a redesign of its meal trays. Hannah Weinberger, Outside Online, 26 June 2014 This news desertification has been minutely chronicled by Penny Abernathy, a reporter turned scholar, and recently lamented by The Washington Post Magazine. Washington Post, 14 Jan. 2022 Erskine and Konkle starred in every episode, wrote the majority of the scripts, and were minutely involved in post-production. Rachel Syme, The New Yorker, 29 Nov. 2021 Fifteen years ago, Alessandro Vespignani, a physicist at Northeastern, developed a model that simulates all human movement around the globe in order to predict, as minutely as possible, how diseases might spread. Benjamin Wallace-wells, The New Yorker, 4 Dec. 2021 Like Kamali's Sleeping Bag Coat, the Diana Gown is a house staple—one the designer first created in the 1970s and has only minutely adjusted in the years since. Halie Lesavage, Harper's BAZAAR, 4 Nov. 2021 The death toll is minutely lower than the record 1,002 tallied on Saturday, but shows the country continuing to struggle with the virus as vaccination rates remain low. Jim Heintz, ajc, 18 Oct. 2021 Much of it is available to see online (and is minutely documented on a website dedicated to the Gazzarri Dancers, who brought Sunset Strip energy into the studio). Los Angeles Times, 4 Oct. 2021 There’s a fatal unbalance as Alex spins out, in a minutely detailed personal and professional crisis, over a character depicted in broad and not particularly artful strokes. Daniel D'addario, Variety, 17 Sep. 2021 See More

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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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12 Jun 2022

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“Minutely.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/minutely. Accessed 30 Jun. 2022.

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