Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adv. With attention to small details.
  • adv. On a very small scale.
  • adv. Into tiny pieces.
  • adj. Archaic On a minute-by-minute basis.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adv. With attention to tiny details.
  • adv. On a minute scale.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Happening every minute; continuing; unceasing.
  • adv. In a minute manner; with minuteness; exactly; nicely.
  • adv. At intervals of a minute; very often and regularly.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In a minute manner or degree; with great particularity, closeness, or exactness; closely; exactly; very finely: as, a minutely divided substance; to observe, describe, or relate anything minutely; minutely punctured.
  • Happening every minute.
  • Every minute; with very little time intervening.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adv. in minute detail

Etymologies

minute +‎ -ly (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Ellen’s face formed an expression minutely too casual, as if it were being pushed through another, more immediate emotion.

    The Will

  • What does annoy me minutely is the ordering of items in the Scripting News feed, which appears not to be strictly by time.

    Scripting News for 1/23/2007 « Scripting News Annex

  • When she glanced at Ginny's palette, it seemed to be covered in minutely distinctive shades of red.

    MORE FROM GINNY BATES: MYRA THE WRITER

  • Ashbery's poetry, like Darger's art, is an entire world, its terms minutely and eccentrically developed; like Cornell's boxes and collages, his poems are part storage, part wonder.

    Papa

  • I pretended complete ignorance of the French language, he therefore asked me in Italian minutely about my affairs, and how I could attempt to travel home without any money or goods, to defray the expenses of the journey.

    Travels in Nubia

  • For Art & Science cannot exist but in minutely organized Particulars/And not in generalizing Demonstrations of the Rational Power (55: 60-63).

    Unlocking Language: Self-Similarity in Blake's _Jerusalem_.

  • Again I referred to the mysterious Gabrielle whom I described as minutely as I was able, and apparently my description fitted that of

    The Stretton Street Affair

  • They are intended to stimulate reverent inquiry, not to gratify idle speculative curiosity; and when the event shall have been fulfilled, they will show the divine wisdom of God, who ordered all things in minutely harmonious relations, and left neither the times nor the ways haphazard.

    Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible

  • What is difficult to translate and what I specifically concentrated on in my review were moments where Proust describes as minutely as possible, and as no one had ever done before or after him, the psychological currents that run between one person and another, between those who do not wish to reveal anything about themselves and the narrator who is forever deciphering their hidden motives.

    'Proust's Way?': An Exchange

  • And then I began recalling minutely in every point, and with growing satisfaction, how I had stood up before Katerina

    A Raw Youth

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