Definition of Minute

1. Noun. A unit of time equal to 60 seconds or 1/60th of an hour. "He ran a 4 minute mile"

Exact synonyms: Min
Generic synonyms: Time Unit, Unit Of Time
Group relationships: 60 Minutes, Hour, Hr
Terms within: S, Sec, Second

2. Adjective. Infinitely or immeasurably small. "Reduced to a microscopic scale"
Exact synonyms: Infinitesimal
Similar to: Little, Small
Derivative terms: Minuteness

3. Noun. An indefinitely short time. "In just a bit"
Exact synonyms: Bit, Mo, Moment, Second
Generic synonyms: Time
Specialized synonyms: Blink Of An Eye, Flash, Heartbeat, Instant, Jiffy, New York Minute, Split Second, Trice, Twinkling, Wink
Language type: Britain
Derivative terms: Momentaneous, Momentary

4. Adjective. Characterized by painstaking care and detailed examination. "An exact and minute report"
Exact synonyms: Narrow
Similar to: Careful
Derivative terms: Minuteness

5. Noun. A particular point in time. "The moment he arrived the party began"

6. Noun. A unit of angular distance equal to a 60th of a degree.
Exact synonyms: Arcminute, Minute Of Arc
Generic synonyms: Angular Unit
Group relationships: Arcdegree, Degree
Terms within: Arcsecond, Second

7. Noun. A short note. "The secretary keeps the minutes of the meeting"
Generic synonyms: Note

8. Noun. Distance measured by the time taken to cover it. "Its just 10 minutes away"
Exact synonyms: Hour
Generic synonyms: Distance

Definition of Minute

1. n. The sixtieth part of an hour; sixty seconds. (Abbrev. m.; as, 4 h. 30 m.)

2. a. Of or pertaining to a minute or minutes; occurring at or marking successive minutes.

3. v. t. To set down a short sketch or note of; to jot down; to make a minute or a brief summary of.

4. a. Very small; little; tiny; fine; slight; slender; inconsiderable.

Definition of Minute

1. Noun. A unit of time equal to sixty seconds (one-sixtieth of an hour). ¹

2. Noun. A short but unspecified time period. ¹

3. Noun. A unit of angle equal to one-sixtieth of a degree. ¹

4. Noun. (context: in the plural minutes) A (usually formal) written record of a meeting. ¹

5. Noun. A minute of use of a telephone or other network, especially a cell phone network. ¹

6. Verb. (transitive) Of an event, to write in a memo or the minutes of a meeting. ¹

7. Adjective. Very small. ¹

8. Adjective. very careful and exact, giving small details. ¹

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Definition of Minute

1. very small [adj -NUTER, -NUTEST] : MINUTELY [adv] / to make a brief note of [v -UTED, -UTING, -UTES]

Medical Definition of Minute

1. 1. The sixtieth part of an hour; sixty seconds. (Abbrev. M.; as, 4 h. 30 m) "Four minutes, that is to say, minutes of an hour." (Chaucer) 2. The sixtieth part of a degree; sixty seconds (Marked thus ('); as, 10 deg 20') 3. A nautical or a geographic mile. 4. A coin; a half farthing. 5. A very small part of anything, or anything very small; a jot; a tittle. "Minutes and circumstances of his passion." (Jer. Taylor) 6. A point of time; a moment. "I go this minute to attend the king." (Dryden) 7. The memorandum; a record; a note to preserve the memory of anything; as, to take minutes of a contract; to take minutes of a conversation or debate. 8. A fixed part of a module. See Module. Different writers take as the minute one twelfth, one eighteenth, one thirtieth, or one sixtieth part of the module. Origin: LL. Minuta a small portion, small coin, fr. L. Minutus small: cf. F. Minute. See 4th Minute. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Minute

minus-plus sign
minus-plus signs
minus-strand nucleic acid
minus lens
minus sign
minus signs
minus strand
minute book
minute gun
minute hand
minute hands
minute mutant
minute of angle
minute of arc
minute output
minute repeater
minute steak
minute volume

Literary usage of Minute

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Bulletin by United States (1918)
"Related work 7 to 10 45-minute periods. (General science applied to the ... and 2 90-minute or 5 SECOND YEAR. 90-minute, depending upon the subject. ..."

2. Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens (1839)
"Having rested here for a minute or so, to collect a good burst of sobs and an imposing show of tears and terror, he knocked loudly at the wicket, ..."

3. The Life and Strange Surprizing Adventures of Robinson Crusoe, of York by Daniel Defoe (1790)
"... mould the next minute be dancing and hallooing like an antick; and the next moment a tearing his hair, or pulling his clothes to pieces, ..."

4. Transactions by American Ethnological Society (1860)
"By the anemometer, in the same airway, the first trial showed 20818 cubic feet per minute; second trial, 21403; third trial, 22313 cubic feet per minute; ..."

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