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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.
1. One that is lesser in comparison with others of the same class.
2. Law One who has not reached legal adulthood.
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 minour, from Old French menour and from Latin minor (Old French, from Latin); see mei- in Indo-European roots.]
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Noun1.minors - a league of teams that do not belong to a major league (especially baseball)minors - a league of teams that do not belong to a major league (especially baseball)
baseball, baseball game - a ball game played with a bat and ball between two teams of nine players; teams take turns at bat trying to score runs; "he played baseball in high school"; "there was a baseball game on every empty lot"; "there was a desire for National League ball in the area"; "play ball!"
minor-league club, minor-league team - a team that plays in a minor league
league, conference - an association of sports teams that organizes matches for its members
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The schoolboy was officially known as Summers Minor, and in a more social manner as Stinks, the only public tribute to his career as an amateur photographer and electrician.
It could hardly be denied, however, that the controversies left Summers Minor comparatively cold.
Ultimately some of the minor spars did go - nothing important: spanker-booms and such-like - because at times the frightful impetus of her rolling would part a fourfold tackle of new three- inch Manilla line as if it were weaker than pack-thread.
The "Spanish Student" became one of my passions; a minor passion, not a grand one, like 'Don Quixote' and the
This, at best, is but a precarious security; because a power independent of the society may as well espouse the unjust views of the major, as the rightful interests of the minor party, and may possibly be turned against both parties.
Following on the Odes, we have much written in the same style, more often than not by women, or songs possibly written to be sung by them, always in a minor key, fraught with sadness, yet full of quiet resignation and pathos.
Other things to be considered in narrative are: Movement, which, unless for special reasons, should be rapid, at least not slow and broken; Suspense; general Interest; and the questions whether or not there are good situations and good minor climaxes, contributing to the interest; and whether or not motivation is good, apart from that which results from character, that is whether events are properly represented as happening in accordance with the law of cause and effect which inexorably governs actual life.
Crisparkle, Minor Canon, fair and rosy, and perpetually pitching himself head-foremost into all the deep running water in the surrounding country; Mr.
While discussing, very much at random, the essentiality of what we call Poetry, my principal purpose will be to cite for consideration, some few of those minor English or American poems which best suit my own taste, or which, upon my own fancy, have left the most definite impression.
They had interviews together every morning when he shaved; Rawdon minor sitting on a box by his father's side and watching the operation with never-ceasing pleasure.
The Romans, in the countries which they annexed, observed closely these measures; they sent colonies and maintained friendly relations with[*] the minor powers, without increasing their strength; they kept down the greater, and did not allow any strong foreign powers to gain authority.
Nearly all oblong or circular, and as if traced with the compass, they seem to form one vast archipelago, equal to that charming group lying between Greece and Asia Minor, and which mythology in ancient times adorned with most graceful legends.

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