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Meaning of minute by Wiktionary Dictionary


    Etymology 1

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


    • enPR: mĭn'ĭt, IPA: /ˈmɪnɪt/, X-SAMPA: /"mInIt/
    • Rhymes: -ɪnɪt


    minute ( plural: minutes )

    1. A unit of time equal to sixty seconds ( one-sixtieth of an hour ) .
      You have twenty minutes to complete the test .
    2. A short but unspecified time period .
      Wait a minute, I’m not ready yet!
    3. A unit of angle equal to one-sixtieth of a degree .
      We need to be sure these maps are accurate to within one minute of arc .
    4. ( in the plural:, minutes ) A ( usually formal ) written record of a meeting .
      Let’s look at the minutes of last week’s meeting .
    5. A minute of use of a telephone or other network, especially a cell phone network .
      If you buy this phone, you’ll get 100 free minutes .
    Related terms
    • arcminute


    minute ( third-person singular simple present minutes present participle minuting, simple past and past participle minuted )

    1. ( transitive ) Of an event, to write in a memo or the minutes of a meeting .
      I’ll minute this evening’s meeting .

    Etymology 2

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


    • ( UK ) enPR: mīnyo͞ot', IPA: /maɪˈnjuːt/, X-SAMPA: /maI'nju:t/
    • ( US ) enPR: mīn( y )o͞ot', IPA: /maɪˈn( j )ut/, X-SAMPA: /maI"n( j )ut/
    • Rhymes: -uːt


    minute ( comparative minuter, superlative minutest )

    1. Very small .
      They found only minute quantities of chemical residue on his clothing .
    2. very careful and exact, giving small details .
    • ( small ):
    • infinitesimal, insignificant, minuscule, tiny, trace
    • See also Wikisaurus:tiny
    • ( exact ):
    • exact, exacting, excruciating, precise, scrupulous
    • See also Wikisaurus:meticulous
    • big, enormous, colossal, huge, significant, tremendous, vast


Explanation of minute by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. characterized by painstaking care and detailed examination

    2. a minute inspection of the grounds
      an exact and minute report
    3. infinitely or immeasurably small

    4. two minute whiplike threads of protoplasm
    1. distance measured by the time taken to cover it

    2. its just 10 minutes away
    3. a short note

    4. the secretary keeps the minutes of the meeting
    5. a unit of angular distance equal to a 60th of a degree

    6. a unit of time equal to 60 seconds or 1/60th of an hour

    7. he ran a 4 minute mile
    8. a particular point in time

    9. an indefinitely short time

    10. it only takes a minute

    Definition of minute by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Minute ( ?; 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. or min.; 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° 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. Taylor.

      6. A point of time; a moment.

      I go this minute to attend the king. Dryden.

      7. pl. 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; to read the minutes of the last meeting.”

      8. ( Arch. ) 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.

    2. Minute, 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.

    3. Minute, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Minuted; p. pr. & vb. n. Minuting.] 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.

    4. Minute ( mīnūt or mĭnūt ), 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; as, “minute details”. “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. -- 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.