- the hand that indicates the minutes on a clock or watch, usually longer than the hour hand.
Origin of minute hand
First recorded in 1720–30
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Examples from the Web for minute hand
I did; the minute-hand was exactly there, under the point of that Cupid's foot.The Room in the Dragon Volant
J. Sheridan LeFanu
His conversation does not show the minute-hand, but he strikes the hour very correctly.Familiar Quotations
At last the minute-hand reached the highest point of the dial.Over the Teacups
Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.
He sat looking at the minute-hand of the eviscerated Mission clock.A Collection of Stories, Reviews and Essays
In the doing of which they held the minute-hand, and disturbed the clock's economy.Tom Brown's School Days
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