minute

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[ min-it ]
/ ˈmɪn ɪt /
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noun

verb (used with object), min·ut·ed, min·ut·ing.

adjective

prepared in a very short time: minute pudding.

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

Idioms

    up to the minute, modern; up-to-date: The building design is up to the minute.

Origin of minute

1
1350–1400; Middle English < Medieval Latin minūta, noun use of feminine of minūtus minute2

SYNONYMS FOR minute
2. jiffy, second. Minute, instant, moment refer to small amounts of time. A minute, properly denoting 60 seconds, is often used loosely for any very short space of time (and may be interchangeable with second ): I'll be there in just a minute. An instant is practically a point in time, with no duration, though it is also used to mean a perceptible amount of time: not an instant's delay. Moment denotes much the same as instant, though with a somewhat greater sense of duration (but somewhat less than minute ): It will only take a moment.

Related formsun·min·ut·ed, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for minutes

minutes

/ (ˈmɪnɪts) /

pl n

an official record of the proceedings of a meeting, conference, convention, etc

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 minutes
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Science definitions for minutes

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 minutes

minute

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

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