Definition of minim in US English:

minim

noun

  • 1One sixtieth of a fluid dram, about one drop of liquid.

    • ‘The minim should not be confused with the drop, as they are not equivalent.’
    • ‘There is only one apothecary measure for weight, the grain; and three for volume (liquids), the minim, dram and ounce.’
  • 2British Music
    A note having the time value of two quarter notes or half of a whole note, represented by a ring with a stem.

    Also called half note
    • ‘More startling, his manic-depressive nature is expressed by sudden changes of tempo, juxtaposing passages in semiquavers with slow-moving minims and semibreves.’
    • ‘So there are soap-stars out there who know how many beats a minim has, and that D Minor is the relative minor of F Major!’
    • ‘Nor does he discuss another dialectic, between the Scherzo's anapestic and amphibrach crotchet groups, sublated after the Trio in that startling alla breve succession of equal minims; nor the hunting topos of the Trio.’
    • ‘Some simply take the themes in order to construct fantasy variations; others write in semibreves and minims to make the motifs for chorale preludes.’
    • ‘The motif moves in dotted minims, and though diminutions of it and its inversion abound throughout the symphony, it is in this rhythmic form that it plays its most important role.’
  • 3(in calligraphy) a short vertical stroke, as in the letters i, m, n, u.

    • ‘When he had a vertical stroke that began above the minim or, as in Uncial R, went below the minim, he (A) began with the nib at about 30 degrees.’
    • ‘An example of this in Beowulf are the letters 'bet' in line 6 on folio 198v followed by two minims joined at bottom with a stroke through the second minim.’

Origin

Late Middle English: from Latin minima, from minimus ‘smallest’.

Pronunciation

minim

/ˈmɪnɪm//ˈminim/