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


a minutely detailed analysis of the series of glitches that resulted in the blackout

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With her client’s encouragement, every surface of the 4,000-square-foot house, which is very long but only 20 feet wide, was minutely thought out, then embellished with craftsmanship that evoked the Renaissance in all its handwrought glory. Nancy Hass, ELLE Decor, "Alessandra Branca Designs an Ultra-Luxe 1910s Mansion on Chicago’s Lake Shore Drive," 29 May 2019 Her work was astonishing, as minutely detailed as any Copley, with a feminine, folkloric twist. Jane Kamensky, New York Times, "When Writing a Book Leaves a (Literal) Mark on Its Author," 28 Feb. 2018 And each of them changes the odds of developing diabetes minutely. Brian Resnick, Vox, "Genetics has learned a ton — mostly about white people. That’s a problem.," 27 Oct. 2018 In a universe where the best basketball prospects are minutely dissected from their freshman years of high school, the collective whiff among the cognoscenti is stunning. Marc Tracy, New York Times, "Oklahoma’s Trae Young, the Superstar Nobody Saw Coming," 22 Jan. 2018 Executives have long factored viewing data extracted from subscribers into their programming decisions, but online services can mine our viewing preferences much more minutely. David Sims, The Atlantic, "AT&T’s Troubling Plan to Make HBO More Like Netflix," 9 July 2018 The seismic waves from a nearby earthquake will deform the cable minutely, leaving the returning light slightly out of phase with the light emitted by the laser. The Economist, "Submarine cables could be repurposed as earthquake detectors," 16 June 2018 Visitors usually need an appointment at the library at Windsor Castle to see the manuscript, with its illuminated front pieces, decorated with gold metallic paint, and its minutely rendered inside paintings. J.s. Marcus, WSJ, "Souvenirs of a Prince’s Passage to India," 18 May 2018 The problem is not that the equations are intricate but that the solutions are completely different for even minutely different starting conditions. Chris Lee, Ars Technica, "Random quantum circuit easiest way to beat classical computer," 1 May 2018

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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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The first known use of minutely was in 1599

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