minim

minim

[min-uhm]
noun
1.
the smallest unit of liquid measure, 1/60 (0.0167) of a fluid dram, roughly equivalent to one drop. Abbreviation: min, min.; Symbol: ♍, ♏
2.
Music. a note, formerly the shortest in use, but now equivalent in time value to one half of a semibreve; half note. See illus. under note.
3.
the least quantity of anything.
4.
something very small or insignificant.
5.
(initial capital letter) a member of a mendicant religious order founded in the 15th century by St. Francis of Paola.
adjective
7.
very small.

Origin:
1400–50; late Middle English < Medieval Latin, Latin minimus; as musical term, < Medieval Latin (nota) minima; see minimum

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minim (ˈmɪnɪm)
 
n
1.  M, η a unit of fluid measure equal to one sixtieth of a drachm. It is approximately equal to one drop
2.  music Usual US and Canadian name: half-note a note having the time value of half a semibreve
3.  a small or insignificant person or thing
4.  a downward stroke in calligraphy
 
adj
5.  rare very small; tiny
 
[C15 (in its musical meaning): from Latin minimus smallest]

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minim
mid-15c., in music, from L. minimus "smallest" (see minimum). Calligraphy sense is from c.1600.
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minim min·im (mĭn'əm)
n.

  1. In the United States, a unit of volume equal to 1/60 of a fluid dram, or 0.0616 milliliters.

  2. In Great Britain, 1/20 of a scruple, or 0.0592 milliliters.

  3. The smallest or the least of several similar structures.

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