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 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 Mr Abrahamsen, now 67, has often proved his mastery of winter music through minutely detailed scores that build into shimmering, fractal wonderlands of sound. The Economist, "A new retelling of “The Snow Queen” is aimed squarely at adults," 31 Dec. 2019 True, his minutely detailed account of Tory politics, with its Jacobean skirmishes and fraught cabinet reshuffles, will probably mean little to most American readers. Elaine Showalter, Washington Post, "Margaret Thatcher’s last stand," 6 Dec. 2019 One is of a male torso, minutely detailed with curls of belly and inner-thigh fuzz, sporting a pair of brightly colored Hawaiian briefs. Washington Post, "Chartreuse liqueur’s popularity has soared. But how do you market the elixir without offending the monks who make it?," 19 Nov. 2019 Zucman felt obviously underequipped for the task before him: to write memos to the brokerage house’s clients and traders helping to explain why the very durable and minutely engineered global financial system appeared to be on the verge of collapse. Benjamin Wallace-wells, The New Yorker, "The French Economist Who Helped Invent Elizabeth Warren’s Wealth Tax," 19 Oct. 2019 But the show’s co-creators, Joe Egender and Leeor Kaufman, say DIY Crispr is just one subplot in the larger narrative about what happens when nature can be minutely controlled, when humans might even preside over their own evolution. Wired, "Netflix's ‘Unnatural Selection’ Trailer Makes Crispr Personal," 4 Oct. 2019 Without a deep understanding of how the vagaries of bean production, roasting and preparation minutely affect the hundreds of compounds that define coffee's flavor, aroma and body, a quality cup would be an infrequent and random occurrence. Scientific American, "The Science of a Perfect Cup of Coffee," 12 June 2015 Other artists in the show use a similarly meticulous brand of realism to depict minutely detailed flowers, birds and insects in the margins around scenes of saints in armor spearing dragons and devils. Steven Litt, cleveland.com, "‘Medieval Monsters’ exhibit at Cleveland Museum of Art surveys images used to inspire fear, hatred and wonder," 1 Sep. 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 22 Feb. 2020.

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