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’
    • ‘At 11.40, an hour and twenty minutes later, normal service resumed on all three sites.’
    • ‘It took me ten minutes short of two hours to get from Clifford Street to Askham Lane.’
    • ‘Keighley had to play the first ten minutes of the second period with only 14 men.’
    • ‘Irvine finally pulled ahead seven minutes into the second period, taking a lead they were not to relinquish.’
    • ‘Gavin Chapman came in with an overall time of four hours, twenty five minutes and nine seconds.’
    • ‘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?’
    • ‘Use different units: months, weeks and days, even hours, minutes and seconds.’
    • ‘Every business activity is timed in terms of hours, minutes, days, months, and years.’
    • ‘In the sixth minute of the second period Christopher Kelly levelled matters when he scored from a free-kick.’
    • ‘Brendan McGrath was the goal scorer for the winners nine minutes into the second period.’
    • ‘Just four minutes into the second period, Tramore probably took a deserving lead.’
    • ‘He re-appeared much later, in the ninth minute of the second period, but his impact was never the same.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Neil Davis grabbed the only goal of the game six minutes into the second period.’
    • ‘Murray notched his second score ten minutes into the second period, and thereafter any chance of a shock result had gone.’
    • ‘The same player added his second and Black Swans fourth to complete the scoring five minutes into the second period.’
    • ‘An hour and twenty minutes after setting off for a forty minute drive I arrived.’
    • ‘With just 11 minutes of the second period gone, though, a moment of magic turned the course of the match.’
    • ‘Their only goal chance came in the 14th minute of the second period.’
    • ‘McGoldrick's goal was a powerful finish in the 17th minute of the second period.’
    1. 1.1The distance covered in a minute by someone driving or walking.
      ‘the hotel is situated just ten minutes from the centre of the resort’
      • ‘I did a wee search online, and came up with the yoga place in E2, just 5 minutes from work.’
      • ‘That thought had only occurred to Cain when they were a few minutes from Wenshi Town.’
      • ‘A room at the hotel, which is minutes from the airport and city centre, costs around 55 dollars per night.’
      • ‘Simon was reared on sporting diet of Eire Og, his home only minutes from Pairc Ui Bhriain.’
      • ‘If you're prepared to walk a few minutes from the harbour, car parking is free.’
      • ‘I used an agency in Varna to buy a lovely villa five minutes from Sunny Beach.’
      • ‘No young child should have to attend a primary school 45 minutes walking distance away.’
      • ‘The supermarket will be five minutes from my work and one minute from my home.’
      • ‘Hornby writes from a small flat two minutes from his beloved Highbury.’
      • ‘I just book the car out, walk to the parking bay - two minutes from my front door - and go.’
      • ‘In total, it was 26 minutes from Hythe to the Guildhall - ferry good, ferry good indeed.’
      • ‘Just 20 minutes from the airport, we are perched on top of a cone-shaped hill overlooking Kranj.’
      • ‘The village is 20 minutes from Chamonix and the cable-car to the top of the Aiguille du Midi mountain.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘I took a new sleeping pill as the plane took off, and when I opened my eyes, we were 40 minutes from landing.’
      • ‘It was about five minutes from the venue, so they would be able to make it back in time for the show.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘This house is within walking distance of the city centre, a few minutes from Herbert Park.’
      • ‘Anne says her own partner's ashes were scattered in her village graveyard, just five minutes from where she lives.’
    2. 1.2informal A very short time.
      ‘come and sit down for a minute’
      • ‘He just wants to be by her bedside, just for a minute.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘And if we - excuse me for a minute - and if we find a training camp, we'll take care of it.’
      • ‘Think about the bit in the brackets for a minute.’
      • ‘Let's listen to what she had to say and talk about this for a minute.’
      • ‘I puzzled for a minute, then gave a totally unconvincing answer.’
      • ‘Perhaps you ought to think about that for a minute as well.’
      • ‘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 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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The network thought about it for a minute, which is never a good sign.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘For a minute there I thought I was visiting my dad (who's lived there since 1980).’
      • ‘Luckliy he was and she asked him to pop over for a minute.’
      • ‘Let's step back for a minute, away from the heat, and look at the light.’
      • ‘When I point this out to her, McCartney thinks for a minute.’
      • ‘I just saw it… I just gave it to someone to hold for a minute while I took a picture and it's gone.’
    3. 1.3A 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.’
  • 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’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Under ideal, bright conditions, the resolution of the human eye is about one minute of arc; performance falls off as scene brightness decreases.’
    • ‘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’
    • ‘Forensic scientist Karol Higgins usually uses a microscope when looking for minute clues to help solve crimes.’
    • ‘Resuscitation may have dislodged it and allowed minute food particles to pass into the lower respiratory tract.’
    • ‘At any instant, we seem to be fully aware of only a minute fraction of the things that we could be aware of.’
    • ‘I sighed and made my decision; I slipped her my piece of paper with Tina's tiny minute writing.’
    • ‘The human eye can detect only a minute fraction of 1 per cent of all electromagnetic energy - the visible spectrum.’
    • ‘It was crafted in the shape of a spider, so that its minute legs would curl around her index finger, with tiny ruby eyes.’
    • ‘At the very least, any melt must represent a minute fraction of the mantle from which it formed.’
    • ‘Nothing whatsoever, not even the most minute particle, exists independently or permanently on its own.’
    • ‘A newborn baby has a tiny heart and minute organs, and there is no margin for error or carelessness.’
    • ‘Steer tiny narrow boats around the canal and drive minute cars through the streets.’
    • ‘The eye receives an impression, though it does not dispose of it, in a very minute fraction of a second.’
    • ‘The springs' colors changed, too, as minute particles of broken rock muddied the waters.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Unfortunately, the presence of minute ore particles had a real impact on our attempt to photograph the ships.’
    • ‘Thus, the scattering force results only in a minute displacement of the microsphere out of the focal plane.’
    • ‘She bent her head towards the tiny thing and a minute sapphire winked at her from its head.’
    • ‘The lacquer contains minute ceramic particles which harden in the paintshop oven and form a barrier that's difficult to mar in any way.’
    • ‘Saudi Arabia has more Red Sea coastline than any other nation, yet only a minute fraction is accessible to divers.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘And there are too many books for more than a minute fraction to be reviewed or even briefly noticed in the metropolitan media.’
    tiny, minuscule, microscopic, nanoscopic, very small, little, micro, diminutive, miniature, baby, toy, midget, dwarf, pygmy, lilliputian
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    1. 1.1So small as to be insignificant.
      ‘he will have no more than a minute chance of exercising influence’
      • ‘For everything, every last structure, every minute detail, every smiling face, was false.’
      • ‘Every minute detail of constructing a scaffold is intrinsically important.’
      • ‘Termed aptly as ‘Souls of Inferno’, the dance drama took every minute detail into account.’
      • ‘Every minute detail was made available at the stalls, and the company officials were present for giving more information.’
      • ‘The book had potential, but it was lost in a myriad of minute details.’
      • ‘Due to time constraints, I am unable to reproduce every minute detail of my cobbler making.’
      • ‘Administrative officials should learn to delegate jobs to avoid being trapped into minute management details.’
      • ‘Storage of even minute phonetic detail is suggested by another consideration.’
      • ‘I can't imagine what it would be like to have every minute detail of my life become grist for public criticism and scrutiny.’
      • ‘A minute detail like this could have meant something else was in play.’
      • ‘We're both ardent American fans of yours who enjoy obsessing over minute and insignificant details.’
      • ‘It seemed cruel when there were so many minute details to remember, none of which were taught systematically.’
      • ‘Large hands belong to people who are fond of fine work and like minute details.’
      • ‘I know far too many bits of minute trivia having to do with the Star Trek series and films.’
      • ‘Men focus first on minute detail, and operate most easily with a certain detachment.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Pat Lee, the penciler, has an excellent eye for minute detail, which the Transformers sport in spades.’
      • ‘In some places this process was for a time so minute and insignificant that it escaped detection.’
    2. 1.2(of an investigation or account) taking the smallest points into consideration; precise and meticulous.
      ‘a minute examination of the islands’
      • ‘Such minute attention to textual detail is characteristic of the entire work.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Would'nt that be something to examine in minute detail!’
      • ‘The evidence from document analysis is discussed in minute detail on numerous blogs.’
      • ‘Examining a game in minute detail has its advantages but the big picture can easily be lost when taking such a view.’
      • ‘The idiosyncrasies of Shakespeare's handwriting have been analysed in minute detail by palaeographers.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘If it were, that book would already have been written, a finished work in minute detail.’
      • ‘It explores, in minute detail, the making of this movie, and both individuals here are very engaging.’
      • ‘Drive it, take it to pieces, and examine in minute detail.’
      • ‘It was the kind of minute examination of the image or soundtrack that became all the rage in film studies.’
      • ‘The pair had camped in the video room for most of the night, watching the security tapes with minute scrutiny.’
      • ‘He phoned the police and described his jacket in minute detail.’
      • ‘In 22 articles with 138 clauses, the FIA has laid down in minute detail exactly how the cars should be designed.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Paul and Rosie had to undertake training sessions, and the whole family had to have their background examined in minute detail.’
      • ‘Any evidence recovered is then scrutinised in minute detail back at the laboratory.’

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

/mʌɪˈnjuːt/

Main definitions of minute in English

: minute1minute2minute3

minute3

noun

  • 1A summarized record of the proceedings at a meeting.

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

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘An office minute recommending dissolution of this forum to take effect from early April 2007 is being drafted for Second Commissioner approval.’

verb

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

    ‘the Secretary shall minute the proceedings of each meeting’
    • ‘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’.’
    • ‘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’.’
    • ‘Mr Mitchell remained unhappy that these fees had been agreed in advance of the meeting taking place, and requested that this point be minuted.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It's not the sort of thing that's going to be minuted somewhere.’
    • ‘As the meeting was not minuted, I wrote a letter to you after this meeting to ensure that there would be no misunderstanding.’
    • ‘It would require all meetings between big business and those in administration to be minuted and available on government websites for public scrutiny.’
    • ‘Jackie Evans, committee manager, declared a personal interest because she had minuted the PIC meetings.’
    • ‘Proceedings of the board are minuted and filed.’
    • ‘But it is minuted at an executive meeting that Safa's exco confirmed Eddie du Plooy - not Ace Kika.’
    • ‘None of these meetings was actually minuted, he said.’
    • ‘PHJ would otherwise have chaired and minuted Site Meetings, rather than Costain, as was in fact the case.’
    • ‘Strangely this failure to minute discussions was also mentioned in the Hinduja Report.’
    • ‘If this were to take place, it would be minuted in a council of ministers meeting, and it would be gazetted.’
    • ‘The children run and minute these meetings themselves.’
    • ‘I have insisted that the autonomy of the editor must be fully protected by the Trust, which was minuted at the last meeting.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Incredibly, not a single meeting is minuted, and no recordings are made.’
    • ‘Ms B says that much of what was discussed at the meeting was not minuted.’
  • 2Send a memorandum to (someone)

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

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/