Minute Definition

mĭnĭt
minuted, minutes, minuting, minuter, minutest
noun
minutes
The sixtieth part of any of certain units.
Webster's New World
A unit of angular measurement equal to one sixtieth of a degree, or 60 seconds.
American Heritage
A very short period of time; moment; instant.
Webster's New World
A measure of the distance usually covered in a minute.
Five minutes from downtown.
Webster's New World
A specific point in time.
Webster's New World
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verb
minuted, minutes, minuting
To time to the minute.
Webster's New World
To make a minute, or memorandum, of; record.
Webster's New World
To put in the minutes of a meeting, etc.
Webster's New World
adjective
minuter, minutest
Very small; tiny.
Webster's New World
Not worthy of notice; insignificant.
A minute problem.
American Heritage
Of little importance or significance; petty; trifling.
Webster's New World
Characterized by careful scrutiny and close examination.
Held a minute inspection of the grounds.
American Heritage
Of, characterized by, or attentive to tiny details; exact; precise.
Webster's New World
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other
A unit of time equal to1 /60 of an hour or 60 seconds. &diamf3; A sidereal minute is1 /60 of a sidereal hour, and a mean solar minute is1 /60 of a mean solar hour.
American Heritage Science
idiom
the minute (that)
  • just as soon as
Webster's New World
up to the minute
  • in the latest style, fashion, etc.
Webster's New World

Other Word Forms of Minute

Noun

Singular:
minute
Plural:
minutes

Adjective

Base Form:
minute
Comparative:
minuter
Superlative:
minutest

Idioms, Phrasal Verbs Related to Minute

Origin of Minute

  • Middle English from Old French from Medieval Latin (pars) minūta (prīma) (first) minute (part) from Latin minūta feminine of minūtus small minute2

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Middle English from Latin minūtus past participle of minuere to lessen mei-2 in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Latin minÅ«tus (“small", "petty"), perfect passive participle of minuō (“make smaller").

    From Wiktionary

  • From Old French minute, from Medieval Latin minÅ«ta (“60th of an hour", "note")

    From Wiktionary

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