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An armed man pledged to be ready to fight on a minute's notice just before and during the Revolutionary War in the United States.
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n, pl -men
1. (Historical Terms) (sometimes not capital) (in the War of American Independence) a colonial militiaman who promised to be ready to fight at one minute's notice
2. (Firearms, Gunnery, Ordnance & Artillery) a US three-stage intercontinental ballistic missile
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(ˈmɪn ɪtˌmæn)

n., pl. -men.
(sometimes l.c.) a member of an American militia before and during the Revolutionary War who held themselves in readiness for instant military service.
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Noun1.Minuteman - an American militiaman prior to and during the American RevolutionMinuteman - an American militiaman prior to and during the American Revolution
militiaman - a member of the militia; serves only during emergencies
2.Minuteman - a strategic weapon system using a guided missile of intercontinental range; missiles are equipped with nuclear warheads and dispersed in hardened silos
ICBM, intercontinental ballistic missile - a ballistic missile that is capable of traveling from one continent to another
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