- The definition of minute is very small or of little importance.
- An example of minute is a tiny stain on a pair of jeans.
- An example of minute is an insignificant point made during an argument.
- A minute is 60 seconds or a short amount of time.
- An example of minute is how long it takes to drive a mile when going 60 miles per hour.
- An example of minute is a brief period of time spent on hold.
- Minute is defined as to record the actions in a meeting or to time the exact number of minutes used to do something.
- An example of minute is to record who attended, what happened and what was voted on at a meeting.
- An example of minute is to time an Olympic swimming race.
- the sixtieth part of any of certain units; specif.,
- of an hour; sixty seconds
- of a degree of an arc; sixty seconds: symbol, ′
- a very short period of time; moment; instant
- a specific point in time
- a measure of the distance usually covered in a minute: five minutes from downtown
- a note or memorandum
- an official record of what was said and done at a meeting, convention, etc.
Origin of minuteOld French ; from Medieval Latin minuta ; from Classical Latin (pars) minuta (prima), (first) small (part), term used by Ptolemy for the sixtieth part of a unit in his system of fractions (of the circle, radius, day, later applied also to the hour): see minute
the minute (that)
up to the minute
- very small; tiny
- of little importance or significance; petty; trifling
- of, characterized by, or attentive to tiny details; exact; precise
Origin of minuteMiddle English ; from Classical Latin minutus, little, small, past participle of minuere, to lessen, diminish ; from minor: see minor
- A unit of time equal to one sixtieth of an hour, or 60 seconds.
- A unit of angular measurement equal to one sixtieth of a degree, or 60 seconds. Also called arcminute, minute of arc.
- A measure of the distance one can cover in a minute: lives ten minutes from school.
- A short interval of time; moment. See Synonyms at moment.
- A specific point in time: Stop that this minute!
- A note or summary covering points to be remembered; a memorandum.
- minutes An official record of the proceedings of a meeting.
transitive verbmin·ut·ed, min·ut·ing, min·utes
Origin of minuteMiddle English, from Old French, from Medieval Latin (pars) minūta (prīma), (first) minute (part), from Latin minūta, feminine of minūtus, small; see minute2.
- Exceptionally small; tiny. See Synonyms at small.
- Not worthy of notice; insignificant: a minute problem.
- Characterized by careful scrutiny and close examination: held a minute inspection of the grounds.
Origin of minuteMiddle English, from Latin minūtus, past participle of minuere, to lessen; see mei-2 in Indo-European roots.
- A unit of time equal to sixty seconds (one-sixtieth of an hour).
- You have twenty minutes to complete the test.
- A short but unspecified time period.
- Wait a minute, I’m not ready yet!
- A unit of angle equal to one-sixtieth of a degree.
- We need to be sure these maps are accurate to within one minute of arc.
- (in the plural, minutes) A (usually formal) written record of a meeting.
- Let’s look at the minutes of last week’s meeting.
- A minute of use of a telephone or other network, especially a cell phone network.
- If you buy this phone, you’ll get 100 free minutes.
- A point in time; a moment.
- A nautical or a geographic mile.
- An old coin, a half farthing.
- (architecture) A fixed part of a module.
(third-person singular simple present minutes, present participle minuting, simple past and past participle minuted)
- Of an event, to write in a memo or the minutes of a meeting.
- I’ll minute this evening’s meeting.
- To set down a short sketch or note of; to jot down; to make a minute or a brief summary of.
(comparative minuter, superlative minutest)
From Latin minūtus (“small", "petty”), perfect passive participle of minuō (“make smaller”).