What does minute mean?

Definitions for minute
ˈmɪn ɪtminute

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. minute, minnoun

    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, bitnoun

    an indefinitely short time

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

  3. moment, minute, second, instantnoun

    a particular point in time

    "the moment he arrived the party began"

  4. minute, arcminute, minute of arcnoun

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

  5. minutenoun

    a short note

    "the secretary keeps the minutes of the meeting"

  6. hour, minuteadjective

    distance measured by the time taken to cover it

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

  7. infinitesimal, minuteadjective

    infinitely or immeasurably small

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

  8. minute, narrowadjective

    characterized by painstaking care and detailed examination

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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Minuteadjective

    Small; little; slender; small in bulk; small in consequence.

    Etymology: minutus, Lat.

    Some minute philosophers pretend,
    That with our days our pains and pleasures end. John Denham.

    Such an universal superintendency has the eye and hand of providence over all, even the most minute and inconsiderable things. Robert South, Sermons.

    Into small parts the wond’rous stone divide,
    Ten thousand of minutest size express
    The same propension which the large possess. Richard Blackmore.

    The serum is attenuated by circulation, so as to pass into the minutest channels, and become fit nutriment for the body. John Arbuthnot, on Aliments.

    In all divisions we should consider the larger and more immediate parts of the subject, and not divide it at once into the more minute and remote parts. Isaac Watts, Logick.

  2. MINUTEnoun

    Etymology: minutum, Latin.

    This man so complete,
    Who was enroll’d ’mongst wonders, and when we,
    Almost with list’ning ravish’d, could not find
    His hour of speech a minute. William Shakespeare, Henry VIII.

    They walk’d about me ev’ry minute while;
    And if I did but stir out of my bed,
    Ready they were to shoot me to the heart. William Shakespeare.

    The speed of gods
    Time counts not, though with swiftest minutes wing’d. John Milton, Par. Lost, b. x.

    Gods! that the world should turn
    On minutes and on moments. John Denham, Sophy.

    Experience does every minute prove the sad truth of this assertion. Robert South, Sermons.

    Tell her, that I some certainty may bring;
    I go this minute to attend the king. John Dryden, Aurengzebe.

  3. To Minuteverb

    To set down in short hints.

    Etymology: minuter, French.

    I no sooner heard this critick talk of my works, but I minuted what he had said, and resolved to enlarge the plan of my speculations. Spectator, №. 428.


  1. Minute

    The minute is a unit of time usually equal to 1/60 (the first sexagesimal fraction) of an hour, or 60 seconds. In the UTC time standard, a minute on rare occasions has 61 seconds, a consequence of leap seconds (there is a provision to insert a negative leap second, which would result in a 59-second minute, but this has never happened in more than 40 years under this system). Although not an SI unit, the minute is accepted for use with SI units. The SI symbol for minute or minutes is min (without a dot). The prime symbol is also sometimes used informally to denote minutes of time.


  1. minute

    A minute is a unit of time equivalent to 60 seconds or 1/60th of an hour.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Minutenoun

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

  2. Minutenoun

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

  3. Minutenoun

    a nautical or a geographic mile

  4. Minutenoun

    a coin; a half farthing

  5. Minutenoun

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

  6. Minutenoun

    a point of time; a moment

  7. Minutenoun

    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. Minutenoun

    a fixed part of a module. See Module

  9. Minuteadjective

    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. Minuteadjective

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

  12. Minuteadjective

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

  13. Etymology: [LL. minuta a small portion, small coin, fr. L. minutus small: cf. F. minute. See 4th Minute.]


  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′.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Minute

    min-ūt′, adj. very small or slender: of small consequence: slight: attentive to small things: particular, exact.—adv. Minute′ly.—n. Minute′ness. [L. minūtus, pa.p. of minuĕre, to lessen.]

  2. Minute

    min′it, n. the sixtieth part of an hour: the sixtieth part of a degree: an indefinitely small space of time: a brief jotting or note: (pl.) a brief summary of the proceedings of a meeting.—v.t. to make a brief jotting or note of anything.—adj. (Shak.) happening every minute.—ns. Min′ute-bell, a bell sounded at regular intervals of one minute, in morning; Min′ute-book, a book containing minutes or short notes; Min′ute-glass, a glass the sand of which measures a minute in running out; Min′ute-gun, a gun discharged every minute, as a signal of distress or mourning; Min′ute-hand, the hand that indicates the minutes on a clock or watch; Min′ute-jack (Shak.), a little figure that strikes the bell of the clock: a flighty, unstable person; Min′ute-man, a man ready to turn out at a minute's warning—the name taken by a body of militia in the American war of independence; Min′ute-watch, a watch that marks minutes; Min′ute-while (Shak.), a minute's time. [Same word as above.]

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.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. minute

    A hasty sketch taken of anything in writing. Hence minutes of a general or regimental court-martial.

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

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of minute in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of minute in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of minute in a Sentence

  1. Alex Chesterman:

    We think that competitive threat is getting weaker by the minute, many dozens (of agents) are already coming back.

  2. Manash Goswami:

    People were like 'wait a minute, OK this is a great announcement but has anything changed? Not really. Let's sell the news'.

  3. Mitch McConnell:

    What we'll do is have a 30-minute roll call vote. We want to avoid congregating here in the well, i would encourage our colleagues to come in and vote and depart the chamber so we don't have gaggles of conversation here on the floor. That's particularly important for our staff here and the front of the chamber, so I would encourage everyone to take full advantage of a full 30-minute roll call vote. Come in and vote, and leave.

  4. Russian Defence MinistryTASS:

    During the day some days — we hear the voice of the bomb and explosion like every minute. But for example, today it was calm today, we did not hear much. In the night, it’s very dark and almost all apartment buildings are empty. People have left their homes.

  5. The Texas Republican:

    Given that the interaction was 10 days ago, that the average incubation period is 5-6 days, that the interaction was for less than a minute, and I have no current symptoms, the medical authorities have advised me that the odds of transmission from the other individual to me were extremely low.

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