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.

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

Definition for minutest (2 of 2)

minute2
[ 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.

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

SYNONYMS FOR minute

3 detailed, exact, precise.

OTHER WORDS FROM minute

mi·nute·ness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for minutest (1 of 2)

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 minutest (2 of 2)

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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Science definitions for minutest

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 minutest

minute

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

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