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minute2

[mahy-noot, -nyoot, mi-]
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adjective, mi·nut·er, mi·nut·est.
  1. extremely small, as in size, amount, extent, or degree: minute differences.
  2. of minor importance; insignificant; trifling.
  3. attentive to or concerned with even the smallest details: a minute examination.
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Origin of minute2

1425–75; late Middle English < Latin minūtus (past participle of minuere to make smaller or fewer), equivalent to minū- verb stem + -tus past participle suffix. See minus, minor
Related formsmi·nute·ness, noun

Synonyms

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1. tiny, infinitesimal, minuscule. See little. 3. detailed, exact, precise.

Antonyms

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Related Words

narrownessscantinessbrevitytininessshortnessminuteness

Examples from the Web for minuteness

Historical Examples

  • And her care for the old man was beautiful in its minuteness, its vigilance.

    Night and Morning, Complete

    Edward Bulwer-Lytton

  • I had to describe the little ones with the minuteness of anatomy.

  • No other thinker has ever dissected the human mind with equal patience and minuteness.

    Sophist

    Plato

  • The gravity and minuteness with which some particulars are related also lend an artful aid.

  • He would be Michelangelesque, and that by sheer force of minuteness.

    Views and Reviews

    William Ernest Henley


British Dictionary definitions for minuteness

minute1

noun
  1. a period of time equal to 60 seconds; one sixtieth of an hour
  2. Also called: minute of arc a unit of angular measure equal to one sixtieth of a degreeSymbol:
  3. any very short period of time; moment
  4. a short note or memorandum
  5. the distance that can be travelled in a minuteit's only two minutes away
  6. up to the minute (up-to-the-minute when prenominal) very latest or newest
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verb (tr)
  1. to record in minutesto minute a meeting
  2. to time in terms of minutes
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Word Origin

C14: from Old French from Medieval Latin minūta, n. use of Latin minūtus minute ²

minute2

adjective
  1. very small; diminutive; tiny
  2. unimportant; petty
  3. precise or detaileda minute examination
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Derived Formsminuteness, noun

Word Origin

C15: from Latin minūtus, past participle of minuere to diminish
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Word Origin and History for minuteness

minute

n.

"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.

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minute

adj.

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.

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

minuteness in Science

minute

[mĭnĭt]
  1. 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.
  2. A unit of angular measurement, such as longitude or right ascension, that is equal to 160 of a degree or 60 seconds.
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Idioms and Phrases with minuteness

minute

see at the last minute; every minute counts; just a minute; mile a minute; wait a minute.

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