What does minute mean?

Definitions for minute
ˈmɪn ɪtminute

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word minute.

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"

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

  13. Origin: [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.

Editors Contribution

  1. minute

    A unit of time with a specific and known value used for a variety of purposes.

    A minute is a denote time value used on planet Earth, before the creation of this people measured time by the rising and setting of the sun.

    Submitted by MaryC on April 24, 2016  

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. Nicole Kidman:

    A minute with the Moms.

  2. Kai Rizzuto:

    It was a 30-minute fight.

  3. Jay Wang:

    Every minute counts here.

  4. Eric Murphy:

    Every minute counts there.

  5. The Republican:

    I would do it again in a minute.

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