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.

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. Costa Rica Roy Miller:

    In the area, you know there will always be contact but there was no push, he (Peralta) made a drama of it. In the end it's an injustice and we're leaving (the tournament) very hurt, it's not right that in the final minute there should be this injustice against us but we're leaving with our heads high.

  2. Russian Makarova:

    I have rediscovered my joy and passion for tennis and I am enjoying every minute.

  3. Madeline Gardner:

    Meghan is a trend-setter, when she wears a coat, it sells out in a minute. I think she’ll push the envelope with her gown a little bit.

  4. Creator Richard Ramchurn:

    The initial prototype used off-the-shelf footage and basically just proved to us that there was something there with brain signals feeding back a film experience. Our next stage was to try and really make a film specifically for the platform. And that involved making something that was much bigger than the duration called for. I mean; we made a 15 minute film but it was more like making a feature.

  5. Ken Burchell:

    We maintain what we describe as a five-minute alert aircraft. Which means we anticipate getting that aircraft flying in five minutes from any time, day or night.

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    a meter that shows mileage traversed
    • A. investigating
    • B. staff
    • C. odometer
    • D. equity

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