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mi·nor

 (mī′nər)
adj.
1. Lesser or smaller in amount, extent, or size.
2. Lesser in importance, rank, or stature: a minor politician.
3. Lesser in seriousness or danger: a minor injury.
4. Law Not having reached legal adulthood.
5. Chiefly British Relating to or being the younger or junior of two pupils with the same surname.
6. Of or relating to a secondary area of academic specialization.
7. Logic Dealing with a more restricted category.
8. Music
a. Relating to or being a minor scale.
b. Less in distance by a half step than the corresponding major interval.
c. Based on a minor scale: a minor key.
n.
1. One that is lesser in comparison with others of the same class.
2. Law One who has not reached legal adulthood.
3.
a. A secondary area of specialized academic study, requiring fewer courses or credits than a major.
b. One studying in a secondary area of specialization: She is a physics minor.
4. Logic
a. A minor premise.
b. A minor term.
5. Music A minor key, scale, or interval.
6. minors Sports The minor leagues of a sport, especially baseball.
intr.v. mi·nored, mi·nor·ing, mi·nors
To pursue academic studies in a minor field: minored in music.

[Middle English, from Latin; see mei- in Indo-European roots.]

minor

(ˈmaɪnə)
adj
1. lesser or secondary in amount, extent, importance, or degree: a minor poet; minor burns.
2. of or relating to the minority
3. (Law) below the age of legal majority
4. (Music, other) music
a. (of a scale) having a semitone between the second and third and fifth and sixth degrees (natural minor). See also harmonic minor scale, melodic minor scale
b. (of a key) based on the minor scale
c. (postpositive) denoting a specified key based on the minor scale: C minor.
d. (of an interval) reduced by a semitone from the major
e. (of a chord, esp a triad) having a minor third above the root
f. (esp in jazz) of or relating to a chord built upon a minor triad and containing a minor seventh: a minor ninth. See also minor key, minor mode
5. (Logic) logic (of a term or premise) having less generality or scope than another term or proposition
6. (Education) education US of or relating to an additional secondary subject taken by a student
7. (immediately postpositive) Brit the younger or junior: sometimes used after the surname of a schoolboy if he has an older brother in the same school: Hunt minor.
8. (Music, other) (postpositive) bell-ringing of, relating to, or denoting a set of changes rung on six bells: grandsire minor.
n
9. a person or thing that is lesser or secondary
10. (Law) a person below the age of legal majority
11. (Education) education US and Canadian a subsidiary subject in which a college or university student needs fewer credits than in his or her major
12. (Music, other) music a minor key, chord, mode, or scale
13. (Logic) logic a minor term or premise
14. (Mathematics) maths
a. a determinant associated with a particular element of a given determinant and formed by removing the row and column containing that element
b. Also called: cofactor or signed minor the number equal to this reduced determinant
15. (Roman Catholic Church) (capital) another name for Minorite
vb
(Education) education (usually foll by: in) US to take a minor
[C13: from Latin: less, smaller; related to Old High German minniro smaller, Gothic minniza least, Latin minuere to diminish, Greek meiōn less]

mi•nor

(ˈmaɪ nər)

adj.
1. lesser, as in size, extent, or amount, or being or noting the lesser of two: a minor share.
2. lesser, as in seriousness, importance, or rank: a minor wound; a minor role.
3. under full legal age.
4. of or pertaining to a student's academic minor.
5.
a. (of a musical interval) smaller by a chromatic half step than the corresponding major interval.
b. (of a chord) containing a minor third.
c. based on a minor scale: a minor key.
6. of or pertaining to the minority.
n.
7. a person under full legal age.
8. a subject or course of study pursued secondarily to a major subject or course.
9. a minor musical interval, chord, scale, etc.
10. the minors, the minor leagues.
v.i.
11. to choose or study as a secondary academic subject or course: to minor in biology.
[1250–1300; Middle English < Latin: smaller, less; akin to Old English min small, Skt mīnāti (he) diminishes]

minor


Past participle: minored
Gerund: minoring

Imperative
minor
minor
Present
I minor
you minor
he/she/it minors
we minor
you minor
they minor
Preterite
I minored
you minored
he/she/it minored
we minored
you minored
they minored
Present Continuous
I am minoring
you are minoring
he/she/it is minoring
we are minoring
you are minoring
they are minoring
Present Perfect
I have minored
you have minored
he/she/it has minored
we have minored
you have minored
they have minored
Past Continuous
I was minoring
you were minoring
he/she/it was minoring
we were minoring
you were minoring
they were minoring
Past Perfect
I had minored
you had minored
he/she/it had minored
we had minored
you had minored
they had minored
Future
I will minor
you will minor
he/she/it will minor
we will minor
you will minor
they will minor
Future Perfect
I will have minored
you will have minored
he/she/it will have minored
we will have minored
you will have minored
they will have minored
Future Continuous
I will be minoring
you will be minoring
he/she/it will be minoring
we will be minoring
you will be minoring
they will be minoring
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been minoring
you have been minoring
he/she/it has been minoring
we have been minoring
you have been minoring
they have been minoring
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been minoring
you will have been minoring
he/she/it will have been minoring
we will have been minoring
you will have been minoring
they will have been minoring
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been minoring
you had been minoring
he/she/it had been minoring
we had been minoring
you had been minoring
they had been minoring
Conditional
I would minor
you would minor
he/she/it would minor
we would minor
you would minor
they would minor
Past Conditional
I would have minored
you would have minored
he/she/it would have minored
we would have minored
you would have minored
they would have minored

minor

A field of study that a student is not specializing in and which requires fewer credits, or a student studying such a field. To minor in something is to study it as as a secondary field.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.minor - a young person of either sexminor - a young person of either sex; "she writes books for children"; "they're just kids"; "`tiddler' is a British term for youngster"
child's body - the body of a human child
juvenile, juvenile person - a young person, not fully developed
bairn - a child: son or daughter
buster - a robust child
changeling - a child secretly exchanged for another in infancy
child prodigy, infant prodigy, wonder child - a prodigy whose talents are recognized at an early age; "Mozart was a child prodigy"
foster child, foster-child, fosterling - a child who is raised by foster parents
scamp, imp, monkey, rapscallion, rascal, scalawag, scallywag - one who is playfully mischievous
kiddy - a young child
orphan - a child who has lost both parents
peanut - a young child who is small for his age
picaninny, piccaninny, pickaninny - (ethnic slur) offensive term for a Black child
poster child - a child afflicted by some disease or deformity whose picture is used on posters to raise money for charitable purposes; "she was the poster child for muscular dystrophy"
kindergartener, kindergartner, preschooler - a child who attends a preschool or kindergarten
silly - a word used for misbehaving children; "don't be a silly"
sprog - a child
bambino, toddler, yearling, tot - a young child
urchin - poor and often mischievous city child
street child, waif - a homeless child especially one forsaken or orphaned; "street children beg or steal in order to survive"
Adj.1.minor - of lesser importance or stature or rank; "a minor poet"; "had a minor part in the play"; "a minor official"; "many of these hardy adventurers were minor noblemen"; "minor back roads"
major - of greater importance or stature or rank; "a major artist"; "a major role"; "major highways"
2.minor - lesser in scope or effectminor - lesser in scope or effect; "had minor differences"; "a minor disturbance"
major - greater in scope or effect; "a major contribution"; "a major improvement"; "a major break with tradition"; "a major misunderstanding"
3.minor - inferior in number or size or amount; "a minor share of the profits"; "Ursa Minor"
major - greater in number or size or amount; "a major portion (a majority) of the population"; "Ursa Major"; "a major portion of the winnings"
4.minor - of a scale or modeminor - of a scale or mode; "the minor keys"; "in B flat minor"
music - an artistic form of auditory communication incorporating instrumental or vocal tones in a structured and continuous manner
major - of a scale or mode; "major scales"; "the key of D major"
5.minor - not of legal ageminor - not of legal age; "minor children"  
law, jurisprudence - the collection of rules imposed by authority; "civilization presupposes respect for the law"; "the great problem for jurisprudence to allow freedom while enforcing order"
major - of full legal age
6.minor - of lesser seriousness or danger; "suffered only minor injuries"; "some minor flooding"; "a minor tropical disturbance"
major - of greater seriousness or danger; "a major earthquake"; "a major hurricane"; "a major illness"
7.minor - of your secondary field of academic concentration or specialization
major - of the field of academic study in which one concentrates or specializes; "his major field was mathematics"
8.minor - of the younger of two boys with the same family name; "Jones minor"
Britain, Great Britain, U.K., UK, United Kingdom, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland - a monarchy in northwestern Europe occupying most of the British Isles; divided into England and Scotland and Wales and Northern Ireland; `Great Britain' is often used loosely to refer to the United Kingdom
junior - younger; lower in rank; shorter in length of tenure or service
9.minor - warranting only temporal punishment; "venial sin"
theology, divinity - the rational and systematic study of religion and its influences and of the nature of religious truth
pardonable - admitting of being pardoned
10.minor - limited in size or scopeminor - limited in size or scope; "a small business"; "a newspaper with a modest circulation"; "small-scale plans"; "a pocket-size country"
limited - small in range or scope; "limited war"; "a limited success"; "a limited circle of friends"

minor

noun
1. child, youth, teenager, infant, adolescent, kid (informal), teen (informal), munchkin (informal, chiefly U.S.), littlie (Austral. informal) The approach has virtually ended cigarette sales to minors.

minor

adjective
1. Below another in standing or importance:
Informal: smalltime.
2. Law. Not yet a legal adult:
noun
Law. One who is not yet legally of age:
Law: infant.
Translations
أقَلثَانَوِيٌّقَاصِرٌقاصِرمَوْضوع ثانوي في الدراسَة الجامِعِيَّه
druhořadýmenšínedospělýnezletilý
mindremindreårigbifag
alaikäinenvähäinen
maloljetnikminoran
kiskorúmelléktantárgy
ólögráîa maîursmávægilegur
小さい方の未成年者
미성년자사소한
mažumašalutinisšalutinis specializacijos dalykasstudijuoti kaip šalutinę specialybęsudaryti mažumą
macities otrškirigu priekšmetumazāksmazsvarīgāksnepilngadīgaisotrškirigs studiju priekšmets
vedľajší odbor vysokoškolského štúdia
majhenmanj pomembenmladoletnik
mindreunderårig
เป็นรองผู้เยาว์
küçükufakönemsizreşit olmayan kimseikinci branş
thứ yếuvị thành niên

minor

[ˈmaɪnəʳ]
A. ADJ
1. (= small, unimportant) [problem] → de poca importancia; [adjustment, detail] → menor, de poca importancia; [change, damage, poet, work] → menor; [role] (in film, play) → secundario; (in negotiations) → de poca importancia; [road] → secundario
of minor importancede poca importancia
2. (= not serious) [injury] → leve; [illness] → poco grave; [surgery, operation] → de poca importancia
3. (Mus) [chord] → menor
in F minoren fa menor
in a minor keyen clave menor
4. (Brit) (Scol) (o.f.) Smith minorSmith el pequeño, Smith el menor
B. N
1. (Jur) → menor mf (de edad)
2. (US) (Univ) → asignatura f secundaria
C. VI (US) (Univ) to minor in sthestudiar algo como asignatura secundaria
D. CPD minor league N (Baseball) → liga f menor
see also minor-league minor offence (Brit) minor offense (US) Ndelito m de menor cuantía

minor

[ˈmaɪnər]
adj
(= not important) → mineur(e); [role, part] → mineur(e); [incident] → mineur(e); [artist, writer] → mineur(e); [change] → mineur(e)
a minor problem → un problème mineur
to be of minor importance → être d'importance mineure
(= not serious) [operation, illness, injury] → bénin/igne; [damage, repairs] → mineur(e)
a minor operation → une opération bénigne
[key] → mineur(e)
n
(= person below age of majority) → mineur(e) m/f
(= key) in D minor → en ré mineur
(US) a history minor (= student) → un étudiant qui fait histoire en sous-dominante
vi (US) to minor in sth [student] → faire qch en sous-dominante, Je fais informatique en sous-dominante

minor

adj
(= of lesser extent)kleiner; (= of lesser importance)unbedeutend, unwichtig; offence, illness, operation, injuriesleicht; surgeryklein; interest, importancegeringer; poet, positionunbedeutend; prophet, planetklein; minor roadNebenstraße f; a minor roleeine Nebenrolle, eine kleinere Rolle; he only played a minor role in the companyer spielte in der Firma nur eine untergeordnete Rolle; I have one or two minor criticisms of the hotelich habe an dem Hotel nur ein paar Kleinigkeiten auszusetzen
(Mus) → Moll-; minor keyMolltonart f; minor scaleMolltonleiter f; G/E flat/C sharp minorg-/es-/cis-Moll nt; minor thirdkleine Terz; the novel ends in a minor key or on a minor noteder Roman endet mit einer traurigen Note
(Brit Sch inf) Smith minorSmith der Jüngere
n
(Mus) the minorMoll nt; the music shifts to the minordie Musik wechselt nach Moll über or geht in die Molltonart über
(Jur) → Minderjährige(r) mf
(US Univ) → Nebenfach nt
vi (US Univ) → im Nebenfach studieren (→ in +acc)

minor

[ˈmaɪnəʳ]
1. adj (also) (Math, Mus) → minore; (detail, role) → secondario/a, di poca importanza; (importance) → secondario/a; (repairs, operation, expense) → piccolo/a
2. n
a. (Law) → minore m/f, minorenne m/f
b. (Am) (Univ) → materia complementare

minor

(ˈmainə) adjective
1. less, or little, in importance, size etc. Always halt when driving from a minor road on to a major road; She has to go into hospital for a minor operation.
2. (American) a secondary subject that a student chooses to study at university or college. Her major is in physics, but she has a minor in computer science.
verb
(American) to study something as a minor subject. He is minoring in French.
noun
a person who is not yet legally an adult.
miˈnority (miˈno-) , (mӕiˈno-) noun
a small number; less than half. Only a minority of people live in the countryside; a racial/political minority.
be in the minority
to be in the smaller of two groups. Women were in the minority at the meeting.

minor

ثَانَوِيٌّ, قَاصِرٌ druhořadý, nezletilý mindre, mindreårig Minderjähriger, unbedeutend ανήλικος, ασήμαντος menor alaikäinen, vähäinen mineur maloljetnik, minoran minore 小さい方の, 未成年者 미성년자, 사소한 kleiner, minderjarige mindre, mindreårig mniejszy, nieletni menor de idade, secundário малозначительный, младший mindre, underårig เป็นรอง, ผู้เยาว์ küçük, ufak thứ yếu, vị thành niên 未成年人, 较小的

mi·nor

n. [in age] menor de edad;
a. [smaller, youngest] menor, más pequeño;
a ___ problemun problema sin importancia;
___ burnquemadura leve;
___ surgerycirugía menor.

minor

adj (anat, surgery) menor; n menor mf (de edad); emancipated — menor emancipado
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Of course I was all the talk -- all other subjects were dropped; even the king became suddenly a per- son of minor interest and notoriety.
The stage scenery was ruined, trap-doors were so swollen that they wouldn't work for a week afterward, the fine costumes were spoiled, and no end of minor damages were done by that remarkable storm.
Some of the minor prophesies have come true; some of the minor and some of the major ones have not been fulfilled yet, and of course may never be: still, I should be more surprised if they failed to arrive than if they didn't.
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The lands, being a minor, he could not meddle with.