verb (used with object), min·ut·ed, min·ut·ing.
- minus cyclophoria,
- minus sight,
- minus sign,
- minus tick,
- minute gun,
- minute hand,
- minute mark,
- minute steak,
- minute volume
Origin of minute1
adjective, mi·nut·er, mi·nut·est.
Origin of minute2
Examples from the Web for minute
Whatever happened overtook them both within a minute or so of that altitude change request, and they were never heard from again.Flight 8501 Poses Question: Are Modern Jets Too Automated to Fly?|Clive Irving|January 4, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Could you talk a minute about the notion of being an unreliable narrator?Daphne Merkin on Lena Dunham, Book Criticism, and Self-Examination|Mindy Farabee|December 26, 2014|DAILY BEAST
It probably only took a minute or two, although it felt like hours.
Less than a minute into her big break, Slate let slip a highly audible F-bomb instead of the scripted “freaking.”The Curious Little Shell That Restarted Jenny Slate’s Career|Luke Hopping|December 15, 2014|DAILY BEAST
A minute ago I was convinced this wasn't going to work, and now I can feel a script forming.Alfred Hitchcock’s Fade to Black: The Great Director’s Final Days|David Freeman|December 13, 2014|DAILY BEAST
A minute or two after the game was over Mr. Westinghouse, the chaplain, came into the drawing-room.The Socialist|Cyril Arthur Edward Ranger Gull
Brouillard took another long minute at the office window before he said: "What would you do if you were in my place, Murray?"The City of Numbered Days|Francis Lynde
You see, I've got the thick part of a snail's shell in my tooth and the minute that is out I'll be all right.'The Club at Crow's Corner|James Otis
But for me, you would be lying dead at this minute and the Astrarium would be ruined.The Bill-Toppers|Andre Castaigne
This was not exactly clear to the little one, and she stood silent for a minute, gently fingering his long beard.A Waif of the Mountains|Edward S. Ellis
Word Origin for minute
Word Origin for minute
"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.
see at the last minute; every minute counts; just a minute; mile a minute; wait a minute.