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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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun In some cases the animal’s pulse slows to a few beats per minute, breathing nearly stops, the blood thickens, the internal temperature drops close to freezing, metabolism slows and the kidneys and digestive system almost stop functioning. Jim Gilbert, Star Tribune, "Minnesota wildlife's approach to winter is a mix of strategies," 19 Nov. 2020 The current Gatling gun used with most fighters is the venerable M-61 Vulcan, a 20-mm, six-barrel cannon capable of firing 6000 rounds per minute. Kevin Brown, Popular Mechanics, "A Fighter Pilot's Fighter Plane: PM Meets the F-15," 19 Nov. 2020 This is far easier, and only costs around one-millionth of one cent per minute. Jonathan Zeller, The New Yorker, "Sounds of the Eighties," 18 Nov. 2020 The United States logged 1,707 coronavirus deaths Tuesday — the equivalent of at least one American dying per minute. Caitlin O'kane, CBS News, "U.S. reported 1,707 coronavirus deaths on Tuesday – the deadliest day for COVID-19 in 6 months," 18 Nov. 2020 And in fact, feeding phalaropes can peck up to 180 times per minute, faster than any other bird. Erica Tennenhouse, Science | AAAS, "Watch rare shorebirds engage in a synchronized water dance," 12 Nov. 2020 The department has also issued waivers to permit individual poultry plants to operate at line speeds above the current federal maximum of 140 chickens bird per minute. Mike Dorning, Bloomberg.com, "Trump Administration Makes Last Push to Speed Up Chicken Lines Despite Pandemic," 11 Nov. 2020 The Naked Gun, or anything from Mel Brooks, with too many jokes per minute to process in a single viewing. David Sims, The Atlantic, "In Search of the Ultimate Comfort Movie," 31 Oct. 2020 Any trip over 60 minutes will begin charging a fee of 15 cents per minute. Ethan May, The Indianapolis Star, "Need a ride to the polls on Election Day? Here are 7 free or discounted options," 29 Oct. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective There is a third possibility: Novel tests available at some research labs that look for minute molecular evidence that the virus is still replicating in cells. Marion Renault, Star Tribune, "Trump still contagious? Experts say it's impossible to know," 8 Oct. 2020 Hence the slow deliberation of the narratives and the minute internal details of the workings of a mind. Hermione Lee, The New York Review of Books, "Sympathy for the Devil," 6 Oct. 2020 Johnson wants to understand those things to the most minute level. Nathan Brown, The Indianapolis Star, "Dario Franchitti on Jimmie Johnson's move to IndyCar: 'This isn’t some vanity project'," 26 Sep. 2020 Brown concluded that the organisms were sensitive to external geophysical factors, perhaps minute fluctuations in gravity, or even subtle forces that hadn’t yet been discovered. Jo Marchant, Wired, "The Oysters That Knew What Time It Was," 1 Sep. 2020 Similarly, the existence of a social order does not presuppose a government giving comprehensive and minute direction to the social order. . . . Cameron Hilditch, National Review, "The American Misunderstanding of Natural Rights," 12 Aug. 2020 Lam is a relentless micromanager who pores over the minute details of events and involves herself in seemingly trivial issues that could be handled by subordinates, two others who worked with her said. Timothy Mclaughlin, The Atlantic, "A Stubborn Leader, a Broken System," 18 June 2020 Currently there is a 68-page playbook laying that all out to the most minute detail according to reports. Todd Rosiak, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Brewers owner Mark Attanasio hopes to get baseball back at Miller Park before long," 26 May 2020 Inertial measurement units—essentially a mashup of gyros and accelerometers—track movement, while sensors in the fingers detect minute gestures. Popular Science, "The 100 greatest innovations of 2019," 3 Dec. 2019 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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The first known use of minute was in the 14th century

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23 Nov 2020

Cite this Entry

“Minute.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/minute. Accessed 1 Dec. 2020.

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minute

noun
How to pronounce minute (audio)

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
How to pronounce minute (audio)

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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