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minute (plural minutes)

  1. A unit of time equal to sixty seconds (one-sixtieth of an hour).
    You have twenty minutes to complete the test.
  2. (informal) A short but unspecified time period.
    Wait a minute, I’m not ready yet!
    Synonyms: instant, jiffy, mo, moment, sec, second, tic
  3. A unit of angle equal to one-sixtieth of a degree.
    We need to be sure these maps are accurate to within one minute of arc.
    Synonyms: minute of arc
  4. (chiefly in the plural, minutes) A (usually formal) written record of a meeting or a part of a meeting.
    Let’s look at the minutes of last week’s meeting.
    • 2008, Pink Dandelion: The Quakers: A Very Short Introduction, p 52:
      The Clerk or 'recording Clerk' drafts a minute and then, or at a later time, reads it to the Meeting. Subsequent contributions are on the wording of the minute only, until it can be accepted by the Meeting. Once the minute is accepted, the Meeting moves on to the next item on the agenda.
  5. A unit of purchase on a telephone or other network, especially a cell phone network, roughly equivalent in gross form to sixty seconds' use of the network.
    If you buy this phone, you’ll get 100 free minutes.
  6. A point in time; a moment.
  7. A nautical or a geographic mile.
  8. An old coin, a half farthing.
  9. (obsolete) A very small part of anything, or anything very small; a jot; a whit.
  10. (architecture) A fixed part of a module.
  11. (slang, US, Canada, dialectal) A while or a long unspecified period of time
    Oh, I ain't heard that song in a minute!
    • 2010, Kenneth Ring, Letters from Palestine, page 18 ↗:
      “Man, I haven’t seen you in a minute,” he says, smiling still. “Maybe like two, three years ago?”
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minute (minutes, present participle minuting; past and past participle minuted)

  1. (transitive) Of an event, to write in a memo or the minutes of a meeting.
    I’ll minute this evening’s meeting.
  2. To set down a short sketch or note of; to jot down; to make a minute or a brief summary of.
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  • Portuguese: minutar
  • (British) enPR: mīnyo͞ot', IPA: /maɪˈnjuːt/
  • (America) enPR mīn(y)o͞ot', IPA: /maɪˈn(j)ut/, /məˈn(j)ut/

minute (comparative minuter, superlative minutest)

  1. Very small.
    They found only minute quantities of chemical residue on his clothing.
    Synonyms: infinitesimal, insignificant, minuscule, tiny, trace
    Antonyms: big, enormous, colossal, huge, significant, tremendous, vast
  2. Very careful and exact, giving small details.
    The lawyer gave the witness a minute examination.
    Synonyms: exact, exacting, excruciating, precise, scrupulous

See also Thesaurus:tiny and Thesaurus:meticulous.

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