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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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 But the weather did not cooperate, the countdown was halted at the T-minus one-minute, 40-second mark and the launch team recycled for another attempt Sunday morning, at 9:14 a.m., when forecasters predict a much better chance of acceptable weather. William Harwood, CBS News, "Atlas 5 launch of military spaceplane delayed by clouds and high winds," 16 May 2020 This Melissa Clark recipe is for all the last-minute cooks. Emily Weinstein, New York Times, "Make It Ahead," 15 May 2020 Democrats warned that the last-minute changes hadn't been properly vetted before the vote. Jessie Balmert, Cincinnati.com, "Ohio abortion opponents are concerned about GOP move to limit Health Director Amy Acton's authority," 15 May 2020 McMaster did not specify what prompted the club to reassess its reopening plan, but said the limited availability of masks played a major part in the last-minute reevaluation. Priscilla Totiyapungprasert, azcentral, "This Arizona strip club opened with restaurants. Thanks to a loophole, that may be fine," 14 May 2020 President Donald Trump endorsed Garcia and criticized Smith in tweets, also characterizing the last-minute addition of an in-person polling place in Lancaster as an attempt by Democrats to rig the election. Tom Kisken, USA TODAY, "Republican candidate jumps to early lead in California race to fill ex-Rep. Katie Hill's seat," 13 May 2020 The two-minute videos from applicants is shared with campus principals. Yvette Orozco, Houston Chronicle, "Want to teach in Pasadena ISD? Get set to make a 2-minute video," 13 May 2020 That had led to multiple lawsuits, with the state and national GOP seeking to stop the judge’s order with the last-minute request to the U.S. Supreme Court. Ryan Teague Beckwith, Bloomberg.com, "Wisconsin Primary to Proceed Tuesday as Court Blocks Delay," 10 May 2020 For its rapid coverage of hundreds of last-minute pardons by Kentucky’s governor, showing how the process was marked by opacity, racial disparities and violations of legal norms. Joseph Gerth, The Courier-Journal, "How The Courier Journal won a Pulitzer Prize for digging into Matt Bevin's parting pardons," 9 May 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Every aspect of the work, down to the most minute detail of creating a show, held sway. Jessica Gelt, Los Angeles Times, "L.A.'s theater community pays tribute to its ultimate fan, Kerry English," 1 May 2020 Dying, that most worrisome thing, occupies less head space than the most minute things. Geoff Dyer, The New Yorker, "The Existential Inconvenience of Coronavirus," 16 Mar. 2020 This handcrafted 1958 Ferrari 250TR was designed and built with assistance from Ferrari, which allowed the Amalgam Collection to digitally scan every inch of the car in order to re-create even the most minute details. Mihir Maddireddy, Car and Driver, "For Just $13,970, You Can Own a Race-Weathered Ferrari 250TR," 19 Jan. 2020 Particularly for major pop acts, whose concerts are often choreographed down to the most minute details, the series offers a more straightforward presentation of music that is typically filtered through the best production tricks money can buy. Chris Eggertsen, Billboard, "Spotlight: How Bob Boilen Turned NPR's 'Tiny Desk Concerts' Into One of Music's Biggest Stages," 3 Dec. 2019 To the Chainsmokers' credit, there were some nifty, minute-long set pieces. Piet Levy, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Dirt bikes and pyro can't save the Chainsmokers' mindless Milwaukee show, but 5 Seconds of Summer a blast," 13 Nov. 2019 Outside of this minute population, literally nobody cares about, let alone reads, the ruminations of the senior fellows who staff Washington’s ersatz think tanks, churned out to satisfy the whims of dotty donors. Libby Watson, The New Republic, "The Rot on The Hill," 27 Sep. 2019 According to legend, Hill was interested in the most minute details, right down to what type of soap was stocked in the hotels. Justin Franz, The Know, "Have Glacier National Park to yourself," 1 Sep. 2019 According to legend, Hill was interested in the most minute details, right down to what type of soap was stocked in the hotels. Justin Franz, Houston Chronicle, "Have Glacier National Park to yourself in the fall," 30 Aug. 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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Last Updated

19 May 2020

Cite this Entry

“Minute.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/minute. Accessed 25 May. 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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