- (of an interval) smaller by a chromatic half step than the corresponding major interval.
- (of a chord) having a minor third between the root and the note next above it.
- a subject or a course of study pursued by a student, especially a candidate for a degree, subordinately or supplementarily to a major or principal subject or course.
- a subject for which less credit than a major is granted in college or, occasionally, in high school.
verb (used without object)
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A couple of people were treated for minor injuries but no major incidents occurred.Slow Motion Tiger Jump, a Tornado at the Rose Bowl and More Viral Videos|The Daily Beast Video|January 4, 2015|DAILY BEAST
The numbers reinforce another article in the Post, in which cops confessed to “turning a blind eye” to minor crimes.
It starts off like any other Lana tune, replete with minor chords and humming, distorted vocals.The 14 Best Songs of 2014: Bobby Shmurda, Future Islands, Drake, and More|Marlow Stern|December 31, 2014|DAILY BEAST
He goes on to claim that these "minor insults" along with the other reveals have no news value.Exclusive: Aaron Sorkin Thinks Male Film Roles Have Bigger ‘Degree of Difficulty’ Than Female Ones|William Boot|December 15, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Once he was wearing bracelets, Wright quickly confessed to knowing that “Jane Doe” was a minor, according to court papers.
"I shouldn't think so," said the doctor, as if the point was a minor one.The Price of Love|Arnold Bennett
Thus also with the shaping of character, and thus was Mr. Marrapit, collected in minor affairs, mighty in this crisis.Once Aboard The Lugger|Arthur Stuart-Menteth Hutchinson
The Minor Poems, not hitherto collected, will reward critical perusal.
Why may not the key change to a minor, and yet the voice be the same?The Expositor's Bible: The Psalms, Vol. 1|A. Maclaren
Stradella's heart beat fast and faintly, and his fingers trembled when they touched the strings and made the first minor chord.Stradella|F(rancis) Marion Crawford
British Dictionary definitions for minor
- (of a scale) having a semitone between the second and third and fifth and sixth degrees (natural minor)See also harmonic minor scale, melodic minor scale
- (of a key) based on the minor scale
- (postpositive) denoting a specified key based on the minor scaleC minor
- (of an interval) reduced by a semitone from the major
- (of a chord, esp a triad) having a minor third above the root
- (esp in jazz) of or relating to a chord built upon a minor triad and containing a minor seventha minor ninth See also minor key, minor mode
- a determinant associated with a particular element of a given determinant and formed by removing the row and column containing that element
- Also called: cofactor, signed minor the number equal to this reduced determinant