- the sixtieth part (1/60) of an hour; sixty seconds.
- an indefinitely short space of time: Wait a minute!
- an exact point in time; instant; moment: Come here this minute!
- minutes, the official record of the proceedings at a meeting of a society, committee, or other group.
- Chiefly British. a written summary, note, or memorandum.
- a rough draft, as of a document.
- Geometry. the sixtieth part of a degree of angular measure, often represented by the sign ′, as in 12° 10′, which is read as 12 degrees and 10 minutes.Compare angle1(def 1c).
- to time exactly, as movements or speed.
- to make a draft of (a document or the like).
- to record in a memorandum; note down.
- to enter in the minutes of a meeting.
- prepared in a very short time: minute pudding.
- up to the minute, modern; up-to-date: The building design is up to the minute.
Origin of minute1
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Examples from the Web for minuting
He was in his dressing-gown, and he had his watch before him, with which he was minuting the boiling of some eggs.
I dare say there was a vast amount of minuting, memoranduming, and despatch-boxing, on this mighty subject.Speeches of Charles Dickens
- 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 minuting
"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.