Main definitions of minute in English

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minute1

noun

  • 1A period of time equal to sixty seconds or a sixtieth of an hour:

    ‘we waited for twenty minutes’
    ‘I'll be there in ten minutes' time’
    • ‘The same player added his second and Black Swans fourth to complete the scoring five minutes into the second period.’
    • ‘Why should people who have got incurable diseases or who are in pain every hour, every minute, every second of the day go on needlessly suffering?’
    • ‘Every business activity is timed in terms of hours, minutes, days, months, and years.’
    • ‘He re-appeared much later, in the ninth minute of the second period, but his impact was never the same.’
    • ‘Just four minutes into the second period, Tramore probably took a deserving lead.’
    • ‘Their only goal chance came in the 14th minute of the second period.’
    • ‘Neil Davis grabbed the only goal of the game six minutes into the second period.’
    • ‘Keighley had to play the first ten minutes of the second period with only 14 men.’
    • ‘With just 11 minutes of the second period gone, though, a moment of magic turned the course of the match.’
    • ‘It took me ten minutes short of two hours to get from Clifford Street to Askham Lane.’
    • ‘McGoldrick's goal was a powerful finish in the 17th minute of the second period.’
    • ‘At 11.40, an hour and twenty minutes later, normal service resumed on all three sites.’
    • ‘McIntyre lifted his players during the half-time break but a glazing miss in the first minute of the second period could have proved costly.’
    • ‘Murray notched his second score ten minutes into the second period, and thereafter any chance of a shock result had gone.’
    • ‘Use different units: months, weeks and days, even hours, minutes and seconds.’
    • ‘Gavin Chapman came in with an overall time of four hours, twenty five minutes and nine seconds.’
    • ‘Brendan McGrath was the goal scorer for the winners nine minutes into the second period.’
    • ‘An hour and twenty minutes after setting off for a forty minute drive I arrived.’
    • ‘Irvine finally pulled ahead seven minutes into the second period, taking a lead they were not to relinquish.’
    • ‘In the sixth minute of the second period Christopher Kelly levelled matters when he scored from a free-kick.’
    1. 1.1 The distance covered in a minute by someone driving or walking:
      ‘the hotel is situated just ten minutes from the centre of the resort’
      • ‘If you're prepared to walk a few minutes from the harbour, car parking is free.’
      • ‘I took a new sleeping pill as the plane took off, and when I opened my eyes, we were 40 minutes from landing.’
      • ‘That thought had only occurred to Cain when they were a few minutes from Wenshi Town.’
      • ‘In total, it was 26 minutes from Hythe to the Guildhall - ferry good, ferry good indeed.’
      • ‘No young child should have to attend a primary school 45 minutes walking distance away.’
      • ‘A room at the hotel, which is minutes from the airport and city centre, costs around 55 dollars per night.’
      • ‘I used an agency in Varna to buy a lovely villa five minutes from Sunny Beach.’
      • ‘The supermarket will be five minutes from my work and one minute from my home.’
      • ‘The gas meter on the Jeep told him he had less than an eighth of a tank left but he was only about five minutes from home.’
      • ‘The village is 20 minutes from Chamonix and the cable-car to the top of the Aiguille du Midi mountain.’
      • ‘It was about five minutes from the venue, so they would be able to make it back in time for the show.’
      • ‘I did a wee search online, and came up with the yoga place in E2, just 5 minutes from work.’
      • ‘Just 20 minutes from the airport, we are perched on top of a cone-shaped hill overlooking Kranj.’
      • ‘Anne says her own partner's ashes were scattered in her village graveyard, just five minutes from where she lives.’
      • ‘I just book the car out, walk to the parking bay - two minutes from my front door - and go.’
      • ‘This house is within walking distance of the city centre, a few minutes from Herbert Park.’
      • ‘Simon was reared on sporting diet of Eire Og, his home only minutes from Pairc Ui Bhriain.’
      • ‘Hornby writes from a small flat two minutes from his beloved Highbury.’
      • ‘Sunday we went to the seaside, as we are only 20 minutes from the coast.’
      • ‘Most hotels have a decent gym, or you can find a decent gym five minutes from the hotel in the big cities.’
    2. 1.2informal A very short time:
      ‘come and sit down for a minute’
      • ‘And then, once they'd turned their backs for a minute to do something else, we could see my pizza catch fire and eventually blacken to a cinder.’
      • ‘Let's listen to what she had to say and talk about this for a minute.’
      • ‘For those who still aren't convinced, stop for a minute, look around and take the time to absorb all that this great campus has to offer.’
      • ‘For a minute there I thought I was visiting my dad (who's lived there since 1980).’
      • ‘And if we - excuse me for a minute - and if we find a training camp, we'll take care of it.’
      • ‘The network thought about it for a minute, which is never a good sign.’
      • ‘Think about the bit in the brackets for a minute.’
      • ‘I puzzled for a minute, then gave a totally unconvincing answer.’
      • ‘As soon as the captain heard this, he excused himself for a minute, went down into his cabin, and brought back a large Manila envelope.’
      • ‘Perhaps you ought to think about that for a minute as well.’
      • ‘Luckliy he was and she asked him to pop over for a minute.’
      • ‘Well, let's get to Mohamed Atta for a minute because you mentioned him as well.’
      • ‘And that's when the other person got some hand puppets and asked Britney to sit down for a minute.’
      • ‘Listen, you hang round here for a minute while I switch everything off, and then I won't have to come upstairs again.’
      • ‘He just wants to be by her bedside, just for a minute.’
      • ‘When I point this out to her, McCartney thinks for a minute.’
      • ‘Let's step back for a minute, away from the heat, and look at the light.’
      • ‘I just saw it… I just gave it to someone to hold for a minute while I took a picture and it's gone.’
      • ‘He was puzzled for a minute before he exploded into hard sobs.’
      • ‘Let's talk about that for a minute, about the oil, and what kind of problem that this is posing with regard to this cleanup.’
      moment, short time, little while, second, bit, instant
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    3. 1.3 A point in time:
      ‘she was laughing one minute and crying the next’
      • ‘It is amazing that your life can turn in an instant, one minute enjoying a social event, the next lying face down in the gutter, or in a cell somewhere.’
      • ‘One minute you're angry and the next minute you're happy.’
      point in time, point, moment, instant, time, juncture, stage
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  • 2A sixtieth of a degree of angular measurement (symbol: ʹ):

    ‘Delta Lyrae is a double star with a separation of over 10 minutes of arc’
    • ‘Under ideal, bright conditions, the resolution of the human eye is about one minute of arc; performance falls off as scene brightness decreases.’
    • ‘He had just invented a new instrument: a prototype sextant with arms nearly six feet in length and a scale graduated to single minutes of arc.’
    • ‘The table was based on a circle divided into 360 degrees with each degree divided into 60 minutes.’
    • ‘But Kepler found a discrepancy of eight minutes of arc between the observed and predicted positions of the planet.’
    • ‘To have any chance of affecting a pilot's vision, a would-be terrorist would have to be capable of keeping the beam pointed to an accuracy of 3 minutes of arc, one-tenth the diameter of a Full Moon.’

Origin

Late Middle English: via Old French from late Latin minuta, feminine (used as a noun) of minutus made small. The senses ‘period of sixty seconds’ and ‘sixtieth of a degree’ derive from medieval Latin pars minuta prima first minute part.

Pronunciation:

minute

/ˈmɪnɪt/

Main definitions of minute in English

: minute1minute2minute3

minute2

adjective

  • 1Extremely small:

    ‘minute particles’
    • ‘The springs' colors changed, too, as minute particles of broken rock muddied the waters.’
    • ‘At any instant, we seem to be fully aware of only a minute fraction of the things that we could be aware of.’
    • ‘It was crafted in the shape of a spider, so that its minute legs would curl around her index finger, with tiny ruby eyes.’
    • ‘And there are too many books for more than a minute fraction to be reviewed or even briefly noticed in the metropolitan media.’
    • ‘Thus, the scattering force results only in a minute displacement of the microsphere out of the focal plane.’
    • ‘The lacquer contains minute ceramic particles which harden in the paintshop oven and form a barrier that's difficult to mar in any way.’
    • ‘Nothing whatsoever, not even the most minute particle, exists independently or permanently on its own.’
    • ‘The human eye can detect only a minute fraction of 1 per cent of all electromagnetic energy - the visible spectrum.’
    • ‘The instant may perhaps be a minute fraction of a second and so it is difficult to give a blow or a grasp just that instant.’
    • ‘Saudi Arabia has more Red Sea coastline than any other nation, yet only a minute fraction is accessible to divers.’
    • ‘Steer tiny narrow boats around the canal and drive minute cars through the streets.’
    • ‘A newborn baby has a tiny heart and minute organs, and there is no margin for error or carelessness.’
    • ‘Forensic scientist Karol Higgins usually uses a microscope when looking for minute clues to help solve crimes.’
    • ‘Unfortunately, the presence of minute ore particles had a real impact on our attempt to photograph the ships.’
    • ‘At the very least, any melt must represent a minute fraction of the mantle from which it formed.’
    • ‘I sighed and made my decision; I slipped her my piece of paper with Tina's tiny minute writing.’
    • ‘The medical evidence was that pneumoconiosis is caused by a gradual accumulation in the lungs of minute particles of silica inhaled over a period of years.’
    • ‘Resuscitation may have dislodged it and allowed minute food particles to pass into the lower respiratory tract.’
    • ‘She bent her head towards the tiny thing and a minute sapphire winked at her from its head.’
    • ‘The eye receives an impression, though it does not dispose of it, in a very minute fraction of a second.’
    tiny, minuscule, microscopic, nanoscopic, very small, little, micro, diminutive, miniature, baby, toy, midget, dwarf, pygmy, lilliputian
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    1. 1.1 So small as to be insignificant:
      ‘he will have no more than a minute chance of exercising influence’
      • ‘Manchester United matched the form of Chelsea for the majority of that period, keeping them in with a minute chance of overtaking them in the title race.’
      • ‘I can't imagine what it would be like to have every minute detail of my life become grist for public criticism and scrutiny.’
      • ‘I know far too many bits of minute trivia having to do with the Star Trek series and films.’
      • ‘Administrative officials should learn to delegate jobs to avoid being trapped into minute management details.’
      • ‘Every minute detail of constructing a scaffold is intrinsically important.’
      • ‘Sears' Gettysburg strikes a fair balance between the big picture and minute details.’
      • ‘I told Aziza every minute detail, about the angry Jewish slave and the pharaoh's reaction to the stories I told.’
      • ‘It seemed cruel when there were so many minute details to remember, none of which were taught systematically.’
      • ‘Termed aptly as ‘Souls of Inferno’, the dance drama took every minute detail into account.’
      • ‘Large hands belong to people who are fond of fine work and like minute details.’
      • ‘In some places this process was for a time so minute and insignificant that it escaped detection.’
      • ‘The book had potential, but it was lost in a myriad of minute details.’
      • ‘A minute detail like this could have meant something else was in play.’
      • ‘Men focus first on minute detail, and operate most easily with a certain detachment.’
      • ‘We're both ardent American fans of yours who enjoy obsessing over minute and insignificant details.’
      • ‘Storage of even minute phonetic detail is suggested by another consideration.’
      • ‘Every minute detail was made available at the stalls, and the company officials were present for giving more information.’
      • ‘Due to time constraints, I am unable to reproduce every minute detail of my cobbler making.’
      • ‘Pat Lee, the penciler, has an excellent eye for minute detail, which the Transformers sport in spades.’
      • ‘For everything, every last structure, every minute detail, every smiling face, was false.’
      negligible, slight, infinitesimal, minimal, trifling, trivial, paltry, petty, insignificant, inappreciable
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    2. 1.2 (of an investigation or account) taking the smallest points into consideration; precise and meticulous:
      ‘a minute examination of the islands’
      • ‘If it were, that book would already have been written, a finished work in minute detail.’
      • ‘Would'nt that be something to examine in minute detail!’
      • ‘The idiosyncrasies of Shakespeare's handwriting have been analysed in minute detail by palaeographers.’
      • ‘A comprehensive scan will create an electronic image of the virtual relic which can be shared and analysed in minute detail by experts around the world.’
      • ‘He phoned the police and described his jacket in minute detail.’
      • ‘Drive it, take it to pieces, and examine in minute detail.’
      • ‘It explores, in minute detail, the making of this movie, and both individuals here are very engaging.’
      • ‘Such minute attention to textual detail is characteristic of the entire work.’
      • ‘In 22 articles with 138 clauses, the FIA has laid down in minute detail exactly how the cars should be designed.’
      • ‘Each rack is suspended over a lake of thick black paint and dipped with minute precision so as to coat the very top of the pencil in a millimetre of black.’
      • ‘The small percipient eyes are screwed up, and wrinkled from his repeated minute scrutinies.’
      • ‘The pair had camped in the video room for most of the night, watching the security tapes with minute scrutiny.’
      • ‘He said all aspects of the decision were examined in minute detail.’
      • ‘Nolan's new house is described in minute detail, from the bathtub to the airshaft.’
      • ‘It was the kind of minute examination of the image or soundtrack that became all the rage in film studies.’
      • ‘Examining a game in minute detail has its advantages but the big picture can easily be lost when taking such a view.’
      • ‘Any evidence recovered is then scrutinised in minute detail back at the laboratory.’
      • ‘Paul and Rosie had to undertake training sessions, and the whole family had to have their background examined in minute detail.’
      • ‘The evidence from document analysis is discussed in minute detail on numerous blogs.’
      • ‘His winning is no longer a story, his losing guarantees him a hard time and minute analysis of everything from his serve to his choice of coach.’
      exhaustive, painstaking, systematic, meticulous, rigorous, scrupulous, punctilious, detailed
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Origin

Late Middle English (in the sense ‘lesser’, with reference to a tithe or tax): from Latin minutus lessened, past participle of minuere.

Pronunciation:

minute

/ˈmɪnɪt/

Main definitions of minute in English

: minute1minute2minute3

minute3

noun

  • 1minutesA summarized record of the proceedings at a meeting:

    ‘Pat is taking the minutes’
    • ‘Ousu has yet to publish the minutes of its various meetings which led to the no confidence motion being discussed.’
    • ‘It meets in secret and doesn't publish minutes or the voting record of its meetings.’
    • ‘An asthma attack also forced the member taking minutes to leave the meeting early.’
    • ‘The secretary summed it all up in the minutes of the meeting, after the vote to dismiss him had been passed.’
    • ‘All suggestions were recorded in the meeting minutes to be considered at the next meeting.’
    • ‘The minutes of the meeting were recorded on the night and it can be seen from these that this is incorrect.’
    • ‘He posted the complete verbatim minutes of the meeting on the website of the Government.’
    • ‘It is not difficult to take the minutes of the monthly meetings or to deal with the correspondence which lands on my doormat daily.’
    • ‘Entitled Zenta Meeting, the minutes include clear references to potentially moving work to India.’
    • ‘No light is shed on the matter by considering the minutes of the meeting at which the report was presented.’
    • ‘There, elected members could read minutes of council meetings and communicate with officers.’
    • ‘When the meeting is over, the meeting minutes is already delivered to everyone's inbox.’
    • ‘Secretary has the normal secretarial work of convening meetings and recording minutes.’
    • ‘Before 1916 no minutes of Cabinet meetings or records of decisions were kept.’
    • ‘Some of these records include membership, awards, salaries and minutes of meetings.’
    • ‘While there are meetings galore, the minutes, if any, are a perfunctory affair.’
    • ‘The only written record are the minutes of the meeting taken by Mr Wilson.’
    • ‘The minutes of the last meeting were read, followed by the treasurer's and sick visitor's reports.’
    • ‘I want to make clear again that the minutes of the meeting will show that no clear position was reached on this.’
    • ‘The minutes of the meeting record a two-minute silence, followed by a motion to close.’
    proceedings, log, notes, transactions, account
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  • 2An official memorandum authorizing or recommending a course of action.

    • ‘An office minute recommending dissolution of this forum to take effect from early April 2007 is being drafted for Second Commissioner approval.’
    • ‘It is suggested that all the trustees unanimously sign the Financial Statements, or unanimously sign a Minute authorizing an individual to sign the Financial Statements on behalf of the trust.’

verb

[WITH OBJECT]
  • 1Record (the proceedings of a meeting):

    ‘the Secretary shall minute the proceedings of each meeting’
    • ‘None of these meetings was actually minuted, he said.’
    • ‘Proceedings of the board are minuted and filed.’
    • ‘Ms B says that much of what was discussed at the meeting was not minuted.’
    • ‘Jackie Evans, committee manager, declared a personal interest because she had minuted the PIC meetings.’
    • ‘Strangely this failure to minute discussions was also mentioned in the Hinduja Report.’
    • ‘The children run and minute these meetings themselves.’
    • ‘He then asked her if she was still minuting the meeting and the other people in the room became uncomfortable and she was asked to leave.’
    • ‘It would require all meetings between big business and those in administration to be minuted and available on government websites for public scrutiny.’
    • ‘Incredibly, not a single meeting is minuted, and no recordings are made.’
    • ‘There was a further discussion on this plan at a Board Meeting on 10 October 1997 at which it was minuted that Mr Deckman and Mr Saucier ‘noted that the strategy contemplated a much downsized and profitable operation’.’
    • ‘As the meeting was not minuted, I wrote a letter to you after this meeting to ensure that there would be no misunderstanding.’
    • ‘Mr Mitchell remained unhappy that these fees had been agreed in advance of the meeting taking place, and requested that this point be minuted.’
    • ‘I have insisted that the autonomy of the editor must be fully protected by the Trust, which was minuted at the last meeting.’
    • ‘If this were to take place, it would be minuted in a council of ministers meeting, and it would be gazetted.’
    • ‘PHJ would otherwise have chaired and minuted Site Meetings, rather than Costain, as was in fact the case.’
    • ‘It's not the sort of thing that's going to be minuted somewhere.’
    • ‘I don't recall who asked the question, or if the meeting was properly minuted, but the response was that the traffic model showed that Staverton would be a ‘pinch-point somewhere that drivers would avoid’.’
    • ‘Contrary to good practice and corporate governance, the meeting was not minuted and the discussions had taken place without the knowledge and/or authority of the board.’
    • ‘Be it in blue, green or red, greatness transcends all criticism, and even if in Old Trafford red, admiration of Ruud Van Nistelrooy must be minuted and passed by the committee.’
    • ‘But it is minuted at an executive meeting that Safa's exco confirmed Eddie du Plooy - not Ace Kika.’
  • 2Send a memorandum to (someone):

    ‘look up the case and minute me about it’
    • ‘Private Secretary minuted me on 31 May to say that the Minister was sure this was the right approach.’
    • ‘Strangely enough, my executive minuted me that it was very upset about that, but it did not do a great deal about it.’

Origin

Late Middle English (in the singular in the sense ‘note or memorandum’): from French minute, from the notion of a rough copy in ‘small writing’ ( Latin scriptura minuta) as distinct from the fair copy in book hand. The verb dates from the mid 16th century.

Pronunciation:

minute

/ˈmɪnɪt/