minutiae


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mi·nu·ti·ae

 (mĭ-no͞o′shē-ē′, -nyo͞o′-)
pl.n.
Small or trivial details: "the minutiae of experimental and mathematical procedure" (Frederick Turner).

[Late Latin, from pl. of Latin minūtia, smallness, from minūtus, small; see minute2.]

minutiae

(mɪˈnjuːʃɪˌiː)
pl n, sing -tia (-ʃɪə)
small, precise, or trifling details
[C18: pl of Late Latin minūtia smallness, from Latin minūtus minute2]
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minutiae

plural noun details, particulars, subtleties, trifles, trivia, niceties, finer points, ins and outs Much of his early work is concerned with the minutiae of life.
Translations

minutiae

[mɪˈnjuːʃɪiː] NPLdetalles mpl minuciosos

minutiae

[mɪˈnjuːʃiiː] nplmenus détails mpl

minutiae

plgenaue Einzelheiten pl; the minutiae of daily lifedie tägliche Kleinarbeit

minutiae

[mɪˈnjuːʃɪˌiː] nplminuzie fpl
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Upon my word, I am not acquainted with the minutiae of her principles.
I knew nothing of the minutiae of ropes and rigging, of the trimming and setting of sails; but the sailors took pains to put me to rights,--Louis proving an especially good teacher,--and I had little trouble with those under me.
I paused, examining and analysing all the minutiae of causation, as exemplified in the change from life to death, and death to life, until from the midst of this darkness a sudden light broke in upon me --a light so brilliant and wondrous, yet so simple, that while I became dizzy with the immensity of the prospect which it illustrated, I was surprised that among so many men of genius who had directed their inquiries towards the same science, that I alone should be reserved to discover so astonishing a secret.
This latter interest, it is true, did not descend to the minutiae of trimmings and work, or even of fineness, but the "three figure" had a surprising effect.
Whenever she had thought of the minutiae of the evening, it had been as a matter of course that Edmund would begin with Miss Crawford; and the impression was so strong, that though her uncle spoke the contrary, she could not help an exclamation of surprise, a hint of her unfitness, an entreaty even to be excused.
The minutiae of the business Anne could not attempt to understand; even Captain Wentworth did not seem admitted to perfect confidence here; but that there had been a withdrawing on the gentleman's side, and a relenting on the lady's, and that they were now very glad to be together again, did not admit a doubt.
He caught a glimpse of that pathetic figure of him, so long ago, a self-conscious savage, sprouting sweat at every pore in an agony of apprehension, puzzled by the bewildering minutiae of eating- implements, tortured by the ogre of a servant, striving at a leap to live at such dizzy social altitude, and deciding in the end to be frankly himself, pretending no knowledge and no polish he did not possess.
You have an extraordinary genius for minutiae," I remarked.
On her first visit to Mercedes Higgins, Saxon received the recipe for home-made soap and her head was filled with a minutiae of instruction in the art of fine washing.
You and I were in here, discussing certain legal minutiae in the interests of the firm, when it suddenly fell.
Remarkable often found occasions, in after days, to recount the minutiae of that celebrated operation; and when she arrived at this point she commonly proceeded as follows:” And then the doctor tuck out of the pocket book a long thing, like a knitting-needle, with a button fastened to the end on't; and then he pushed it into the wound and then the young man looked awful; and then I thought I should have swaned away—I felt in sitch a dispu’t taking; and then the doctor had run it right through his shoulder, and shoved the bullet out on tother side; and so Dr.
Our vanities differ as our noses do: all conceit is not the same conceit, but varies in correspondence with the minutiae of mental make in which one of us differs from another.