Definitions for: Minute

[n] distance measured by the time taken to cover it; "we live an hour from the airport"; "its just 10 minutes away"
[n] a short note; "the secretary keeps the minutes of the meeting"
[n] a unit of angular distance equal to a 60th of a degree
[n] a unit of time equal to 60 seconds or 1/60th of an hour; "he ran a 4 minute mile"
[n] a particular point in time; "the moment he arrived the party began"
[n] an indefinitely short time; "wait just a moment"; "it only takes a minute"; "in just a bit"
[adj] characterized by painstaking care and detailed examination; "a minute inspection of the grounds"; "a narrow scrutiny"; "an exact and minute report"
[adj] infinitely or immeasurably small; "two minute whiplike threads of protoplasm"; "reduced to a microscopic scale"
[adj] immeasurably small

Webster (1913) Definition: Min"ute (?; 277), n. [LL. minuta a small portion, small
coin, fr. L. minutus small: cf. F. minute. See 4th Minute.]
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.

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. [Obs.] --Wyclif (Mark xii. 42)

5. A very small part of anything, or anything very small; a
jot; a tittle. [Obs.]

Minutes and circumstances of his passion. --Jer.

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. (Arch.) A fixed part of a module. See Module.

Note: Different writers take as the minute one twelfth, one
eighteenth, one thirtieth, or one sixtieth part of the

Min"ute, a.
Of or pertaining to a minute or minutes; occurring at or
marking successive minutes.

Minute bell, a bell tolled at intervals of a minute, as to
give notice of a death or a funeral.

Minute book, a book in which written minutes are entered.

Minute glass, a glass measuring a minute or minutes by the
running of sand.

Minute gun, a discharge of a cannon repeated every minute
as a sign of distress or mourning.

Minute hand, the long hand of a watch or clock, which makes
the circuit of the dial in an hour, and marks the minutes.

Min"ute, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Minuted; p. pr. & vb. n.
To set down a short sketch or note of; to jot down; to make a
minute or a brief summary of.

The Empress of Russia, with her own hand, minuted an
edict for universal tolerance. --Bancroft.

Mi*nute", a. [L. minutus, p. p. of minuere to lessen.
See Minish, Minor, and cf. Menu, Minuet.]
1. Very small; little; tiny; fine; slight; slender;
inconsiderable. ``Minute drops.'' --Milton.

2. Attentive to small things; paying attention to details;
critical; particular; precise; as, a minute observer;
minute observation.

Syn: Little; diminutive; fine; critical; exact;
circumstantial; particular; detailed.

Usage: Minute, Circumstantial, Particular. A
circumstantial account embraces all the leading
events; a particular account includes each event and
movement, though of but little importance; a minute
account goes further still, and omits nothing as to
person, time, place, adjuncts, etc.

Synonyms: arcminute, atomic, atomlike, bit, careful, hour, infinitesimal, little, microscopic, microscopical, min, minute of arc, moment, narrow, small

See Also: 60 minutes, angular unit, arcdegree, arcsecond, blink of an eye, climax, culmination, degree, distance, flash, hour, hr, instant, jiffy, moment of truth, New York minute, note, pinpoint, point, point in time, psychological moment, s, sec, second, second, split second, time, time unit, trice, twinkling, unit of time, wink

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