American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A unit of fluid measure, as:
- n. In the United States, 1/60 of a fluid dram (0.0616 milliliters).
- n. In Great Britain, 1/20 of a scruple (0.0592 milliliters).
- n. Music A half note.
- n. An insignificantly small portion or thing.
- n. A downward vertical stroke in handwriting.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Very small; diminutive; pygmy.
- n. A very diminutive man or being.
- n. [capitalized] One of an order of monks, founded in the middle of the fifteenth century by St. Francis of Paola, confirmed by Pope Sixtus IV., and again confirmed by Pope Alexander VI. under the name of “Ordo Minimorum Ere-mitarum s. Francisci de Paula” (order of the least hermits of St. Francis of Paola). Members of this order, in addition to the usual Franciscan vows, were pledged to the observance of a perpetual Lent.
- n. In musical notation, a note equivalent in timevalue to one half of a semibreve: it is now also called a half-note, but in early medieval music it was the shortest note used. Also minima.—
- n. A short poem.
- n. The smallest liquid measure, generally regarded as about equal to one drop. It is the sixtieth part of a fluidrachm. See apothecaries measure, under measure.
- n. A small size of type, now called minion.
- n. music A half note, drawn as a semibreve with a stem.
- n. A unit of volume, in the Imperial and U.S. customary systems, 1/60 fluid drachm. Approximately equal to 1 drop, 62 μL or 0.9 grain (weight) of water.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. Anything very minute; ; -- applied to animalcula; and the like.
- n. The smallest liquid measure, equal to about one drop; the sixtieth part of a fluid drachm, equal to one four-hundred-eightieth of a fluid ounce, or 0.06161 milliliter (U. S. measure) or 0.05919 milliliters (British measure).
- n. (Zoöl.), Prov. Eng. A small fish; a minnow.
- n. obsolete A little man or being; a dwarf.
- n. (Eccl. Hist.) One of an austere order of mendicant hermits or friars founded in the 15th century by St. Francis of Paola.
- n. (Mus.) A time note, formerly the shortest in use; a half note, equal to half a semibreve, or two quarter notes or crotchets.
- n. obsolete A short poetical encomium.
- adj. Minute.
- n. a United States liquid unit equal to 1/60 fluidram
- n. a musical note having the time value of half a whole note
- n. a British imperial capacity measure (liquid or dry) equal to 1/60th fluid dram or 0.059194 cubic centimeters
- Middle English, half note, from Medieval Latin minimus, least, from Latin; see mei-2 in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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“(A minim is the fortieth part of a crescent.) "Does your good Majesty mean to beggar me?" whined Pug.”
The Voyage of the Dawn Treader
“Perhaps it is time to seriously consider whether the curse on the "minim" and "nosrim" may not have been aimed at the "mandaiia" (Gnostics/Mandaeans) and "nasuraiia" (Gnostics/Nasoreans), two key self-designations of the Mandaeans.”
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“Consecutives on successive minim beats are similarly broken by the intervention of a crotchet if it is a harmony note; not otherwise.”
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