- 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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Historical Examples of minuted
The particulars are minuted in my journal, but I shall not trouble the publick with them.James Boswell
William Keith Leask
The particulars are minuted in my Journal, but I shall not trouble the publick with them.Life Of Johnson, Volume 5
After several of these in succession, Kitty opened a file which had been minuted down from another branch, M.B. 4.What Not
The army was drilled and commanded after the German regulations; and the courts-martial were minuted in German.Life and Times of Her Majesty Caroline Matilda, Vol. I (of III)
C. F. Lachelles Wraxall
With alacrity they minuted me on from one to another till I felt as if "passed to you, please" had been scrawled all over me.
- 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
Word Origin for minute
- very small; diminutive; tiny
- unimportant; petty
- precise or detaileda minute examination
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.
- 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.
see at the last minute; every minute counts; just a minute; mile a minute; wait a minute.