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minute hand

  1. the hand that indicates the minutes on a clock or watch, usually longer than the hour hand.
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Origin of minute hand

First recorded in 1720–30
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Examples from the Web for minute hand

Historical Examples of 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

    John Bartlett

  • 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.

  • In the doing of which they held the minute-hand, and disturbed the clock's economy.

British Dictionary definitions for minute hand

minute hand

  1. the pointer on a timepiece that indicates minutes, typically the longer hand of twoCompare hour hand, second hand
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