Minute

Definition of Minute

Min´ute   Pronunciation: mī`nūt´ or mĭ`nūt´
n.1.
1.The sixtieth part of an hour; sixty seconds. (Abbrev. m. or min.; as, 4 h. 30 m.
Four minutes, that is to say, minutes of an hour.
- Chaucer.
2.The sixtieth part of a degree; sixty seconds (Marked thus (´); as, 10° 20´).
3.A nautical or a geographic mile.
4.A coin; a half farthing.
5.A very small part of anything, or anything very small; a jot; a tittle.
Minutes and circumstances of his passion.
- Jer. Taylor.
6.A point of time; a moment.
I go this minute to attend the king.
- Dryden.
7.The memorandum; a record; a note to preserve the memory of anything; as, to take minutes of a contract; to take minutes of a conversation or debate; to read the minutes of the last meeting.
8.(Arch.) A fixed part of a module. See Module.
a.1.Of or pertaining to a minute or minutes; occurring at or marking successive minutes.
Minute bell
a bell tolled at intervals of a minute, as to give notice of a death or a funeral.
Minute book
a book in which written minutes are entered.
Minute glass
a glass measuring a minute or minutes by the running of sand.
Minute gun
a discharge of a cannon repeated every minute as a sign of distress or mourning.
Minute hand
the long hand of a watch or clock, which makes the circuit of the dial in an hour, and marks the minutes.
v. t.1.To set down a short sketch or note of; to jot down; to make a minute or a brief summary of.
The Empress of Russia, with her own hand, minuted an edict for universal tolerance.
- Bancroft.
a.1.
1.Very small; little; tiny; fine; slight; slender; inconsiderable; as, minute details.
2.Attentive to small things; paying attention to details; critical; particular; precise; as, a minute observer; minute observation.

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