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

  • n. A unit of time equal to one sixtieth of an hour, or 60 seconds.
  • n. A unit of angular measurement equal to one sixtieth of a degree, or 60 seconds. Also called minute of arc.
  • n. A measure of the distance one can cover in a minute: lives ten minutes from school.
  • n. A short interval of time; moment. See Synonyms at moment.
  • n. A specific point in time: Stop that this minute!
  • n. A note or summary covering points to be remembered; a memorandum.
  • n. An official record of the proceedings of a meeting.
  • transitive v. To record in a memorandum or the minutes of a meeting.
  • adj. Exceptionally small; tiny. See Synonyms at small.
  • adj. Beneath notice; insignificant.
  • adj. Characterized by careful scrutiny and close examination: held a minute inspection of the grounds.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Very small.
  • adj. Very careful and exact, giving small details.
  • n. A unit of time equal to sixty seconds (one-sixtieth of an hour).
  • n. A short but unspecified time period.
  • n. A unit of angle equal to one-sixtieth of a degree.
  • n. A (usually formal) written record of a meeting.
  • n. A minute of use of a telephone or other network, especially a cell phone network.
  • v. Of an event, to write in a memo or the minutes of a meeting.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Of or pertaining to a minute or minutes; occurring at or marking successive minutes.
  • adj. Very small; little; tiny; fine; slight; slender; inconsiderable.
  • adj. Attentive to small things; paying attention to details; critical; particular; precise
  • n. The sixtieth part of an hour; sixty seconds. (Abbrev. m. or min.; )
  • n. The sixtieth part of a degree; sixty seconds (Marked thus ('); ).
  • n. A nautical or a geographic mile.
  • n. A coin; a half farthing.
  • n. A very small part of anything, or anything very small; a jot; a tittle.
  • n. A point of time; a moment.
  • n. The memorandum; a record; a note to preserve the memory of anything
  • n. A fixed part of a module. See Module.
  • transitive v. To set down a short sketch or note of; to jot down; to make a minute or a brief summary of.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Very small, diminutive, or limited; extremely little in dimensions, extent, or amount.
  • Very small in scope or degree; relating to or consisting of small points or matters; particular; closely precise or exact: as, minute details of directions; minute criticism.
  • Attending to very small particulars; marking or noting little things or precise details; very close or careful: as, minute observation.
  • Circumstantial, Particular, Minute. exact, detailed. A Circumstantial account gives the facts in detail; while circumstantial may include only the leading circumstances, a particular account gleans more closely, gathering all that are of any importance or interest; a minute account details even the slightest facts, perhaps those that are trivial and tedious.
  • n. Something very small; an unimportant particular; a petty detail; a trifle; specifically, a mite or half-farthing.
  • n. The sixtieth part of any unit. Especially
  • n. In geometry, the sixtieth part of a degree of a circle. Division of units by sixtieths is the characteristic of the Babylonian system. Ptolemy, following the Babylonian astronomers, divides the diameter of the circle into 120 tmemata or degrees, and these into sixty parts and these again into sixty parts. These subdivisions were translated into Latin as partes minutœ primœ and partes minutœ secundœ, whence our minutes (primes) and seconds. In modern astronomical works minutes of time are denoted by the initial letter m, and minutes of a degree or of angular space by an acute accent ('). See degree, 8.
  • n. In architecture, the sixtieth part of the diameter of a column at the base, being a subdivision used for measuring the minuter parts of an order. See module.
  • n. A written summary of an agreement or of a transaction, interview, or proceedings: a note to preserve the memory of anything: usually in the plural.
  • n. Synonyms Instant, etc. See moment.
  • Repeated every minute: as, a minute gun.
  • Made in a minute or a very short time: as, a minute pudding; minute beer. —Minute bell, a bell tolled at intervals of a minute as a sign of mourning.
  • To set down in a short sketch or note; make a minute or memorandum of; enter in the minutes or record of transactions of a corporation, etc.
  • n.

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

  • n. a unit of time equal to 60 seconds or 1/60th of an hour
  • n. a unit of angular distance equal to a 60th of a degree
  • n. a short note
  • n. an indefinitely short time
  • n. a particular point in time
  • adj. infinitely or immeasurably small
  • n. distance measured by the time taken to cover it
  • adj. characterized by painstaking care and detailed examination


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

Middle English, from Old French, from Medieval Latin (pars) minūta (prīma), (first) minute (part), from Latin minūta, feminine of minūtus, small; see minute2.
Middle English, from Latin minūtus, past participle of minuere, to lessen; see mei-2 in Indo-European roots.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Old French minute, from Medieval Latin minūta ("60th of an hour", "note")

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Latin minūtus ("small", "petty"), perfect passive participle of minuō ("make smaller").



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