minute

1
[ min-it ]
/ ˈmɪn ɪt /

noun

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

adjective

prepared in a very short time: minute pudding.

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Idioms for minute

    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.

OTHER WORDS FROM minute

un·min·ut·ed, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for minutes (1 of 3)

minutes
/ (ˈmɪnɪts) /

pl n

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

British Dictionary definitions for minutes (2 of 3)

minute1
/ (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

British Dictionary definitions for minutes (3 of 3)

minute2
/ (maɪˈnjuːt) /

adjective

very small; diminutive; tiny
unimportant; petty
precise or detaileda minute examination

Derived forms of minute

minuteness, noun

Word Origin for minute

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