minute

noun
min·ute | \ ˈmi-nət \

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 , 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 \
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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That meant actuaries were not terribly concerned about up-to-the-minute asset values, or measuring pension obligations the way the markets would. Mary Williams Walsh, BostonGlobe.com, "Jeremy Gold, 75, actuary who warned of pension crisis," 14 July 2018 However, Boyd did make the last-minute 49-yard touchdown catch that kept the Ravens from making the playoffs in last season’s finale. Katherine Fominykh, baltimoresun.com, "After mentoring Michael Vick, new Ravens quarterbacks coach James Urban getting Lamar Jackson up to speed," 13 July 2018 Dressed casually in jeans while strolling through various neighborhoods, Kander addressed many issues in his three-and-a-half-minute video — affordable housing, education quality, customer service — but gift ethics was not one of them. Bill Turque, kansascity, "KC council members slam gift ethics plan as Jason Kander drops casual campaign video," 12 July 2018 Many of the divers and residents of the nearby northern Thai town of Mae Sai saw the last-minute flood as a sign that divine protection had ceased only after all were safe. Hannah Beech, Richard C. Paddock And Muktita Suhartono, New York Times, "‘Still Can’t Believe It Worked’: The Story of the Thailand Cave Rescue," 12 July 2018 Domingo said of DeAngelo, who looked at the judge during the two-minute hearing while keeping his back to the victims. Washington Post, "Victims fly to California to see accused serial killer," 12 July 2018 This has been an immensely satisfying World Cup, with more than its share of upsets and last-minute finishes. Franklin Foer, The Atlantic, "The Annoying Genius Who Makes the World Cup Worth Watching," 5 July 2018 The home run derby competition will begin with a four-minute round for each participant to hit as many home runs as possible with the top two totals advancing to the final. Staff Report, courant.com, "Reading's Kilome Shuts Down Yard Goats," 3 July 2018 Balloons will travel 80 to 100 feet in the air during the six-minute ride. Hannah Kirby, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "The Waukesha County Fair serves up deep-fried Oreos with a side of Sister Hazel," 3 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

At its farm in Paterson, Wash., Lamb Weston grows half a dozen potato varieties on 20,000 irrigated acres, tracking even the most minute differences in hydration, temperature and other environmental factors. Rachel Abrams, New York Times, "A French Fry Gets Soggy in 5 Minutes. This Company Wants to Keep It Crispy for 60.," 29 June 2018 Hobson did the same for each category, hunting down the minutest detail for each nominee. John Wenz, Popular Mechanics, "Here's the Man Behind the Oscar Nomination Sequences," 23 Feb. 2015 At its farm in Paterson, Benton County, Lamb Weston grows half a dozen potato varieties on 20,000 irrigated acres, tracking even the most minute differences in hydration, temperature and other environmental factors. Rachel Abrams, The Seattle Times, "Out of the fryer and into the Uber car: Idaho-based Lamb Weston trying to deliver crispy fries," 3 July 2018 Everything was thought out down to the most minute detail. Steven J. Horowitz, Billboard, "Michelle Williams Explains How Destiny's Child Reunion Came Together For Beyonce's Coachella Performance," 24 Apr. 2018 In a grainy, minute-long video posted online by Lansdale police, the man is seen crossing North Broad Street and 7th Street. Katie Park, Philly.com, "Police investigating the death of a popular Montgomery County barber want to know who this man is," 30 May 2018 Beginning with Frederick Taylor at the turn of the 20th century, management consultants have boosted output by analyzing and standardizing the most minute movements of their workers. Eoin O'carroll, The Christian Science Monitor, "Can your boss make you wear a Fitbit?," 15 Mar. 2018 From self-lacing sneakers to chairs that park themselves at desks, high-tech conveniences have arrived to eliminate the minutest hassles of everyday life. NBC News, "Watch these self-driving slippers park themselves at the push of a button," 13 Feb. 2018 Arguably the greatest singer of the 20th century, Callas — eerily, well, radiant in a white satiny gown and rich red stole — was recreated for the occasion, down to the minutest movements of her hands and the subtlest facial gestures. Anthony Tommasini, New York Times, "What a Hologram of Maria Callas Can Teach Us About Opera," 15 Jan. 2018

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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

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

Verb

see minute entry 1

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minute

noun

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

English Language Learners Definition of minute (Entry 2 of 2)

: very small

: very complete and precise

minute

noun
min·ute | \ ˈmi-nət \

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 , 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 \

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 \

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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