- 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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Examples from the Web for minutes
At some point, show creator Mark Burnett made the diabolical decision to extend the show to 120 minutes.Donald Trump Fires Woman For Not Calling Bill Cosby
Jack Holmes, The Daily Beast Video
January 5, 2015
Within minutes, it seems, of the disclosures of these tragic events, large numbers of people chose a side and stuck to it.In 2015, Let’s Try for More Compassion
January 4, 2015
Scalise spoke about taxes and government slush funds for a mere 15 minutes, Knight said.GOP Boss Gets Help From ‘White Hate’ Pal
December 30, 2014
Minutes before an airplane hit the water, an alert would go out.Red Tape and Black Boxes: Why We Keep ‘Losing’ Airliners in 2014
December 29, 2014
About 45 minutes past our interview time, the studio flack summons me.Brie Larson’s Hollywood Transformation
December 29, 2014
Stephen was not called till some minutes later, and had not seen him since.The Armourer's Prentices
Charlotte M. Yonge
By meridian altitudes of sun, Lyrae (Vega), 32 degrees 15 minutes.
Latitude 25 degrees 52 minutes from mean of two observations.
By meridian altitude of sun, camp is in latitude 31 degrees 53 minutes South.
Barlee Spring is in longitude about 127 degrees 22 minutes East.
- an official record of the proceedings of a meeting, conference, convention, etc
- 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
- very small; diminutive; tiny
- unimportant; petty
- precise or detaileda minute examination
Word Origin and History for minutes
"record of proceedings," c.1710, perhaps from Latin minuta scriptura "rough notes," literally "small writing;" see minute (adj.). Minute "rough draft" is attested from c.1500.
"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.
Idioms and Phrases with minutes
see at the last minute; every minute counts; just a minute; mile a minute; wait a minute.