minute

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Etymology 1[edit]

From Old French minute, from Medieval Latin minūta (60th of an hour", "note)

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Noun[edit]

minute (plural minutes)

  1. A unit of time equal to sixty seconds (one-sixtieth of an hour).
    You have twenty minutes to complete the test.
  2. A short but unspecified time period.
    Wait a minute, I’m not ready yet!
  3. 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.
  4. (in the plural, minutes) A (usually formal) written record of a meeting.
    Let’s look at the minutes of last week’s meeting.
  5. 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.
  6. A point in time; a moment.
    • Dryden
      I go this minute to attend the king.
  7. A nautical or a geographic mile.
  8. An old coin, a half farthing.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Wyclif (Mark xii. 42) to this entry?)
  9. (obsolete) A very small part of anything, or anything very small; a jot; a whit.
    • Jeremy Taylor
      minutes and circumstances of his passion
  10. (architecture) A fixed part of a module.
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minute (third-person singular simple present minutes, present participle minuting, simple past and past participle minuted)

  1. (transitive) Of an event, to write in a memo or the minutes of a meeting.
    I’ll minute this evening’s meeting.
    • Charles Dickens
      I dare say there was a vast amount of minuting, memoranduming, and dispatch-boxing, on this mighty subject.
    • 1995, Edmund Dell, The Schuman Plan and the British Abdication of Leadership in Europe [1]
      On 17 November 1949 Jay minuted Cripps, arguing that trade liberalization on inessentials was socially regressive.
    • 1996, Peter Hinchliffe, The Other Battle [2]
      The Commander-in-Chief of Bomber Command, Sir Richard Peirse, was sceptical of its findings, minuting, ‘I don’t think at this rate we could have hoped to produce the damage which is known to have been achieved.’
    • 2003, David Roberts, Four Against the Arctic [3]
      Mr. Klingstadt, chief Auditor of the Admiralty of that city, sent for and examined them very particularly concerning the events which had befallen them; minuting down their answers in writing, with an intention of publishing himself an account of their extraordinary adventures.
  2. To set down a short sketch or note of; to jot down; to make a minute or a brief summary of.
    • Bancroft
      The Empress of Russia, with her own hand, minuted an edict for universal tolerance.
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Etymology 2[edit]

From Latin minūtus (small", "petty), perfect passive participle of minuō (make smaller).

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Adjective[edit]

minute (comparative minuter, superlative minutest)

  1. Very small.
    They found only minute quantities of chemical residue on his clothing.
  2. Very careful and exact, giving small details.
    • 2013 July-August, Fenella Saunders, “Tiny Lenses See the Big Picture”, American Scientist: 
      The single-imaging optic of the mammalian eye offers some distinct visual advantages. Such lenses can take in photons from a wide range of angles, increasing light sensitivity. They also have high spatial resolution, resolving incoming images in minute detail.
    The lawyer gave the witness a minute examination.
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French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Medieval Latin minūta

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minute f (plural minutes)

  1. minute (etymology 1, time unit, all same senses)

Interjection[edit]

minute

  1. wait a sec!

Verb[edit]

minute

  1. first-person singular present indicative of minuter
  2. third-person singular present indicative of minuter
  3. first-person singular present subjunctive of minuter
  4. first-person singular present subjunctive of minuter
  5. second-person singular imperative of minuter

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minute f pl

  1. feminine plural of minuto

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Latin[edit]

Participle[edit]

minūte

  1. vocative masculine singular of minūtus

Old French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Medieval Latin minūta.

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minute f (oblique plural minutes, nominative singular minute, nominative plural minutes)

  1. minute (one sixtieth of an hour)

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