- the smallest unit of liquid measure, 1/60 (0.0167) of a fluid dram, roughly equivalent to one drop. Abbreviation: min, min.; Symbol: ♍, ♏
- Music. a note, formerly the shortest in use, but now equivalent in time value to one half of a semibreve; half note.
- the least quantity of anything.
- something very small or insignificant.
- (initial capital letter) a member of a mendicant religious order founded in the 15th century by St. Francis of Paola.
- very small.
Origin of minim
Examples from the Web for minim
Then again she buzzed, this time sending only a single Minim sprawling.Edge of the Jungle
The first note of the measure, which was a minim, has been changed to a crotchet.Advice to Singers
Frederick James Crowest
When shaken in a minim measure with half its volume of concentrated solution of chloride of calcium, its volume should not lessen.
At such an hour as this Malone wasted no minim of strength in futile anger.Destiny
Charles Neville Buck
Lesbia set to work to try and explain the functions of a minim, a crotchet, and a quaver.Loyal to the School
- a unit of fluid measure equal to one sixtieth of a drachm. It is approximately equal to one dropSymbol: M, ♏
- music a note having the time value of half a semibreveUsual US and Canadian name: half-note
- a small or insignificant person or thing
- a downward stroke in calligraphy
- rare very small; tiny
Word Origin and History for minim
mid-15c., in music, from Latin minimus "smallest, least; minute, trifling, insignificant;" of time, "least, shortest, very short;" of age, "youngest;" as a noun, "least price, lowest price" (see minimum). Calligraphy sense is from c.1600.
- In the United States, a unit of volume equal to 160 of a fluid dram, or 0.0616 milliliters.
- In Great Britain, 120 of a scruple, or 0.0592 milliliters.
- The smallest or the least of several similar structures.