minute

2
[ mahy-noot, -nyoot, mi- ]
/ maɪˈnut, -ˈnyut, mɪ- /

adjective, mi·nut·er, mi·nut·est.

extremely small, as in size, amount, extent, or degree: minute differences.
of minor importance; insignificant; trifling.
attentive to or concerned with even the smallest details: a minute examination.

Nearby words

  1. minus cyclophoria,
  2. minus sight,
  3. minus sign,
  4. minus tick,
  5. minuscule,
  6. minute gun,
  7. minute hand,
  8. minute mark,
  9. minute steak,
  10. minute volume

Origin of minute

2
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

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British Dictionary definitions for minuteness

minute

1
/ (ˈmɪnɪt) /

noun

verb (tr)

to record in minutesto minute a meeting
to time in terms of minutes
See also minutes

Word Origin for minute

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

minute

2
/ (maɪˈnjuːt) /

adjective

very small; diminutive; tiny
unimportant; petty
precise or detaileda minute examination
Derived Formsminuteness, noun

Word Origin for minute

C15: from Latin minūtus, past participle of minuere to diminish

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Word Origin and History for minuteness
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Science definitions for minuteness

minute

[ mĭnĭt ]

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.
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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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