- extremely small, as in size, amount, extent, or degree: minute differences.
- of minor importance; insignificant; trifling.
- attentive to or concerned with even the smallest details: a minute examination.
Origin of minute2
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Examples from the Web for minuteness
And her care for the old man was beautiful in its minuteness, its vigilance.Night and Morning, Complete
I had to describe the little ones with the minuteness of anatomy.The Letters of Robert Burns
No other thinker has ever dissected the human mind with equal patience and minuteness.Sophist
The gravity and minuteness with which some particulars are related also lend an artful aid.Statesman
He would be Michelangelesque, and that by sheer force of minuteness.Views and Reviews
William Ernest Henley
- a period of time equal to 60 seconds; one sixtieth of an hour
- Also called: minute of arc a unit of angular measure equal to one sixtieth of a degreeSymbol: ′
- any very short period of time; moment
- a short note or memorandum
- the distance that can be travelled in a minuteit's only two minutes away
- up to the minute (up-to-the-minute when prenominal) very latest or newest
- to record in minutesto minute a meeting
- to time in terms of minutes
- very small; diminutive; tiny
- unimportant; petty
- precise or detaileda minute examination
Word Origin and History for minuteness
"sixtieth part of an hour or degree," late 14c., from Old French minut (13c.) or directly from Medieval Latin minuta "minute, short note," from Latin minuta, noun use of fem. of minutus "small, minute" (see minute (adj.)). In Medieval Latin, pars minuta prima "first small part" was used by mathematician Ptolemy for one-sixtieth of a circle, later of an hour (next in order was secunda minuta, which became second (n.)). German Minute, Dutch minuut also are from French. Used vaguely for "short time" from late 14c. As a measure expressing distance (travel time) by 1886. Minute hand is attested from 1726.
early 15c., "chopped small," from Latin minutus "little, small, minute," past participle of minuere "to lessen, diminish" (see minus). Meaning "very small in size or degree" is attested from 1620s. Related: Minutely; minuteness.
- A unit of time equal to 160 of an hour or 60 seconds.♦ A sidereal minute is 160 of a sidereal hour, and a mean solar minute is 160 of a mean solar hour. See more at sidereal time solar time.
- A unit of angular measurement, such as longitude or right ascension, that is equal to 160 of a degree or 60 seconds.