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Wednesday, August 04, 2010

Definitions for minim

  1. the least quantity of anything.
  2. the smallest unit of liquid measure, 1/60 of a fluid dram, roughly equivalent to one drop.
  3. Music. A note, formerly the shortest in use, but now equivalent in time value to one half of a semibreve; half note.

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Citations for minim
No doubt there are abject specimens of the visionary, as there is a minim mammal which you might imprison in the finger of your glove. George Eliot, Daniel Deronda
He examined the sprocket areas of the film searching for a speck of data, a minim of missing imagery. Don DeLillo, Underworld
Origin of minim
late Middle English
Minim originates in music, from the same Latin root as minimum.