minor

Definition of minor

mi´nor   Pronunciation: mī´nẽr
a.1.
1.Inferior in bulk, degree, importance, etc.; less; smaller; of little account; as, minor divisions of a body.
2.(Mus.) Less by a semitone in interval or difference of pitch; as, a minor third.
Asia Minor
(Geog.) the Lesser Asia; that part of Asia which lies between the Euxine, or Black Sea, on the north, and the Mediterranean on the south.
Minor mode
(Mus.) that mode, or scale, in which the third and sixth are minor, - much used for mournful and solemn subjects.
Minor orders
(Eccl.) the rank of persons employed in ecclesiastical offices who are not in holy orders, as doorkeepers, acolytes, etc.
n.1.A person of either sex who has not attained the age at which full civil rights are accorded; an infant; in England and the United States, one under twenty-one years of age.
2.(Logic) The minor term, that is, the subject of the conclusion; also, the minor premise, that is, that premise which contains the minor term; in hypothetical syllogisms, the categorical premise. It is the second proposition of a regular syllogism, as in the following: Every act of injustice partakes of meanness; to take money from another by gaming is an act of injustice; therefore, the taking of money from another by gaming partakes of meanness.
3.A Minorite; a Franciscan friar.

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