Definition of minuteman in English:



  • 1A member of a class of militiamen of the American revolutionary period who volunteered to be ready for service at a minute's notice.

    • ‘Its tradition stretches back to the fifers and drummers stationed with Hudson Valley minutemen during the Revolutionary War.’
    • ‘Later in the broadcast, I'll be talking with a leading congressman who says the minutemen volunteers are nothing less but American heroes.’
    • ‘In Massachusetts, for instance, a minuteman might enlist for the rest of 1775 in what became the Continental army, reenlist in 1776, again in 1777 for three years, again in 1780 for a year, and again in 1781 for the war.’
    • ‘The grandson of Captain John Parker, one of the Lexington minutemen of Revolutionary War fame, Theodore grew up in modest circumstances.’
    • ‘When Boston awoke the next morning, they found themselves besieged by a massive army of fifteen thousand militiamen and minutemen; this force would soon by formed into the Continental Army.’
    1. 1.1 A type of three-stage intercontinental ballistic missile.
      • ‘The test warhead was carried on a modified Minuteman II missile launched 7,700 km away at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.’
      • ‘Texas Instruments were already involved in secret military work - Kilby worked on the first Minuteman intercontinental ballistic missile.’
      • ‘It's a real treat for us today to be both in a launch control facility earlier this day and now about as up close and personal with a Minuteman III missile as I possibly can be.’
      • ‘Starting in the late 1960s, it figured in the public debate over antimissile defenses and the survivability of the Minuteman intercontinental ballistic missile.’
      • ‘For three summers he worked at the Thiokol Chemical Corporation helping design rocket engines for the Minuteman missile program.’