2 [mahy-noot, -nyoot, mi-]
adjective, minuter, minutest.
extremely small, as in size, amount, extent, or degree: minute differences.
of minor importance; insignificant; trifling.
attentive to or concerned with even the smallest details: a minute examination.

1425–75; late Middle English < Latin minūtus (past participle of minuere to make smaller or fewer), equivalent to minū- verb stem + -tus past participle suffix. See minus, minor

minuteness, noun

1. tiny, infinitesimal, minuscule. See little. 3. detailed, exact, precise.

1. large. 3. rough, general.
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minute1 (ˈmɪnɪt)
1.  a period of time equal to 60 seconds; one sixtieth of an hour
2.  Also called: minute of arc, a unit of angular measure equal to one sixtieth of a degree
3.  any very short period of time; moment
4.  a short note or memorandum
5.  the distance that can be travelled in a minute: it's only two minutes away
6.  (up-to-the-minute when prenominal) up to the minute very latest or newest
7.  to record in minutes: to minute a meeting
8.  to time in terms of minutes
[C14: from Old French from Medieval Latin minūta, n. use of Latin minūtusminute²]

minute2 (maɪˈnjuːt)
1.  very small; diminutive; tiny
2.  unimportant; petty
3.  precise or detailed: a minute examination
[C15: from Latin minūtus, past participle of minuere to diminish]

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Word Origin & History

late 14c., "sixtieth part of an hour," from O.Fr. minut, from M.L. minuta "minute, short note," from L. minuta, fem. of minutus "small, minute" (see minute (adj.)). In M.L., pars minuta prima "first small part" was used by mathematician Ptolemy for one-sixtieth of a circle,
later of an hour (next in order was secunda minuta, which became second (n.)).

early 15c., "chopped small," from L. minutus "small," pp. of minuere "lessen," related to minor (q.v.). Meaning "very small in size or degree" is attested from 1620s. Related: Minutely.
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minute  [%PREMIUM_LINK%]     (mĭn'ĭt)  Pronunciation Key 
  1. A unit of time equal to 1/60 of an hour or 60 seconds. ◇ A sidereal minute is 1/60 of a sidereal hour, and a mean solar minute is 1/60 of a mean solar hour. See more at sidereal time, solar time.

  2. A unit of angular measurement, such as longitude or right ascension, that is equal to 1/60 of a degree or 60 seconds.

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