Definitions for minuteˈmɪn ɪt

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

min•uteˈmɪn ɪt(n.; v.; adj.)-ut•ed, -ut•ing

  1. (n.)the sixtieth part (1/60) of an hour; 60 seconds.

    Category: Horology

  2. an indefinitely short space of time:

    Wait a minute!

  3. an exact point in time; instant; moment:

    Come here this minute!

  4. minutes, the official record of the proceedings at a meeting of a society, committee, or other group.

  5. an informal written notation; note; memorandum.

    Category: Common Vocabulary

  6. Geom. the sixtieth part of a degree of angular measure, often represented by the sign ~.

  7. (v.t.)to time exactly, as movements or speed.

  8. to record in a memorandum; note down.

  9. to enter in the minutes of a meeting.

  10. (adj.)prepared in a very short time:

    minute pudding.

Idioms for minute:

  1. up to the minute,modern; up-to-date.

    Category: Idiom

Origin of minute:

1350–1400; ME < ML minūta, n. use of fem. of minūtusminute2

mi•nutemaɪˈnut, -ˈnyut, mɪ-(adj.)-nut•er, -nut•est.

  1. extremely small, as in size, amount, extent, or degree:

    minute differences.

  2. of minor importance; insignificant; trifling.

  3. attentive to or concerned with even the smallest details:

    a minute examination.

Origin of minute:

1425–75; < L minūtus, ptp. of minuere to reduce


Princeton's WordNet

  1. minute, min(noun)

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

    "he ran a 4 minute mile"

  2. moment, mo, minute, second, bit(noun)

    an indefinitely short time

    "wait just a moment"; "in a mo"; "it only takes a minute"; "in just a bit"

  3. moment, minute, second, instant(noun)

    a particular point in time

    "the moment he arrived the party began"

  4. minute, arcminute, minute of arc(noun)

    a unit of angular distance equal to a 60th of a degree

  5. minute(noun)

    a short note

    "the secretary keeps the minutes of the meeting"

  6. hour, minute(adj)

    distance measured by the time taken to cover it

    "we live an hour from the airport"; "its just 10 minutes away"

  7. infinitesimal, minute(adj)

    infinitely or immeasurably small

    "two minute whiplike threads of protoplasm"; "reduced to a microscopic scale"

  8. minute, narrow(adj)

    characterized by painstaking care and detailed examination

    "a minute inspection of the grounds"; "a narrow scrutiny"; "an exact and minute report"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. minute(noun)ɪˈnut, -ˈnyut, mɪ-

    sixty seconds

    You will be logged out in one minute.; We're leaving in a few minutes.; twenty minutes later

  2. minuteɪˈnut, -ˈnyut, mɪ-

    a very short time

    It just takes a minute to fill out the form.; For a minute, I didn't know where I was.

  3. minuteɪˈnut, -ˈnyut, mɪ-

    very soon

    They'll be here any minute.

  4. minuteɪˈnut, -ˈnyut, mɪ-

    used to ask sb to wait briefly

    Just a minute, I'll see if she's here.

  5. minuteɪˈnut, -ˈnyut, mɪ-

    indicates you think what has just been said may be wrong

    Wait a minute - that's not what he said.

  6. minute(adjective)ɪˈnut, -ˈnyut, mɪ-

    ≠ tiny

    a minute hand-held radio

Webster Dictionary

  1. Minute(noun)

    the sixtieth part of an hour; sixty seconds. (Abbrev. m.; as, 4 h. 30 m.)

  2. Minute(noun)

    the sixtieth part of a degree; sixty seconds (Marked thus ('); as, 10¡ 20').

  3. Minute(noun)

    a nautical or a geographic mile

  4. Minute(noun)

    a coin; a half farthing

  5. Minute(noun)

    a very small part of anything, or anything very small; a jot; a tittle

  6. Minute(noun)

    a point of time; a moment

  7. Minute(noun)

    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. Minute(noun)

    a fixed part of a module. See Module

  9. Minute(adj)

    of or pertaining to a minute or minutes; occurring at or marking successive minutes

  10. Minute

    to set down a short sketch or note of; to jot down; to make a minute or a brief summary of

  11. Minute(adj)

    very small; little; tiny; fine; slight; slender; inconsiderable

  12. Minute(adj)

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


  1. Minute

    A minute is a unit of measurement of time or of angle. The minute is a unit of time equal to ¹⁄60 of an hour or 60 seconds. In the UTC time standard, a minute on rare occasions has 59 or 61 seconds, a consequence of leap seconds. Although not an SI unit, the minute is accepted for use with SI units. The SI symbol for minute or minutes is min or the prime symbol after a number, e.g. 5′.

The Roycroft Dictionary

  1. minute

    1. The crutch on which the Hour leans as it limps into Eternity. 2. A space of time in which we dream of something that will never come true, or form a resolution that another minute effaces.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'minute' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1653

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'minute' in Written Corpus Frequency: #431

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'minute' in Nouns Frequency: #109

Translations for minute

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


very small

The diamonds in the brooch were minute.

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