One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A member of a class of militiamen of the American revolutionary period who volunteered to be ready for service at a minute's notice.
- ‘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.’
- ‘Its tradition stretches back to the fifers and drummers stationed with Hudson Valley minutemen during the Revolutionary War.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘The grandson of Captain John Parker, one of the Lexington minutemen of Revolutionary War fame, Theodore grew up in modest circumstances.’
- 1.1 A type of three-stage intercontinental ballistic missile.
- ‘Starting in the late 1960s, it figured in the public debate over antimissile defenses and the survivability of the Minuteman intercontinental ballistic missile.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘The test warhead was carried on a modified Minuteman II missile launched 7,700 km away at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.’
- ‘For three summers he worked at the Thiokol Chemical Corporation helping design rocket engines for the Minuteman missile program.’
Top tips for CV writingRead more
In this article we explore how to impress employers with a spot-on CV.