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min·ute 1

1. A unit of time equal to one sixtieth of an hour, or 60 seconds.
2. A unit of angular measurement equal to one sixtieth of a degree, or 60 seconds. Also called arcminute, minute of arc.
3. A measure of the distance one can cover in a minute: lives ten minutes from school.
4. A short interval of time; moment. See Synonyms at moment.
5. A specific point in time: Stop that this minute!
6. A note or summary covering points to be remembered; a memorandum.
7. minutes An official record of the proceedings of a meeting.
tr.v. min·ut·ed, min·ut·ing, min·utes
To record in a memorandum or the minutes of a meeting.

[Middle English, from Old French, from Medieval Latin (pars) minūta (prīma), (first) minute (part), from Latin minūta, feminine of minūtus, small; see minute2.]

mi·nute 2

 (mī-no͞ot′, -nyo͞ot′, mĭ-)
1. Exceptionally small; tiny. See Synonyms at small.
2. Not worthy of notice; insignificant: a minute problem.
3. Characterized by careful scrutiny and close examination: held a minute inspection of the grounds.

[Middle English, from Latin minūtus, past participle of minuere, to lessen; see mei- in Indo-European roots.]

mi·nute′ly adv.
mi·nute′ness n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.minuteness - the property of being very small in sizeminuteness - the property of being very small in size; "hence the minuteness of detail in the painting"
littleness, smallness - the property of having a relatively small size
2.minuteness - great precision; painstaking attention to details; "he examined the essay with the greatest minuteness"
exactitude, exactness - the quality of being exact; "he demanded exactness in all details"; "a man of great exactitude"
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n (= small size)Winzigkeit f; (of account, description)Ausführlichkeit f; (of detail)Genauigkeit f


(maiˈnjuːt) adjective
1. very small. The diamonds in the brooch were minute.
2. paying attention to the smallest details. minute care.
miˈnutely adverb
miˈnuteness noun
References in classic literature ?
She watched the fish with as much tender care and minuteness of attention as if,--we know not how to express it otherwise,--as if her own heart were on the gridiron, and her immortal happiness were involved in its being done precisely to a turn!
Since that wretched epoch, he had watched with morbid zeal and minuteness, not his acts -- for those it was easy to arrange -- but each breath of emotion, and his every thought.
Elinor, dreading her being tired, led her towards home; and till they reached the door of the cottage, easily conjecturing what her curiosity must be though no question was suffered to speak it, talked of nothing but Willoughby, and their conversation together; and was carefully minute in every particular of speech and look, where minuteness could be safely indulged.
In poetry, they must be allowed to excel all other mortals; wherein the justness of their similes, and the minuteness as well as exactness of their descriptions, are indeed inimitable.
It is a common amusement of speculative minds to contrast the magnitude of the most important events with the minuteness of their primeval causes, and the records of mankind are full of examples for such contemplations.
A thousand blessings on the author of "Tablante de Ricamonte" and that of the other book in which the deeds of the Conde Tomillas are recounted; with what minuteness they describe everything!
He then related the adventure of Meung, described the unknown gentleman with the greatest minuteness, and all with a warmth and truthfulness that delighted M.
Well, by means of these lines, which are in accordance with the double motion of the earth, and the ellipse it describes round the sun, I am enabled to ascertain the precise hour with more minuteness than if I possessed a watch; for that might be broken or deranged in its movements, while the sun and earth never vary in their appointed paths.
Here, leading the way through every walk and cross walk, and scarcely allowing them an interval to utter the praises he asked for, every view was pointed out with a minuteness which left beauty entirely behind.
Before going in we walked up the street, turned down an alley, and then, again turning, passed in the rear of the building - Dupin, meanwhile examining the whole neighborhood, as well as the house, with a minuteness of attention for which I could see no possible object.
The face of the country, the climate as it was found by the whites, and the manners of the settlers, are described with a minuteness for which the author has no other apology than the force of his own recollections.
I therefore felt disposed to undertake the task, provided documents of sufficient extent and minuteness could be furnished to me.