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[mahy-noot, -nyoot, mi-] /maɪˈnut, -ˈnyut, mɪ-/
adjective, minuter, minutest.
1.
extremely small, as in size, amount, extent, or degree:
minute differences.
2.
of minor importance; insignificant; trifling.
3.
attentive to or concerned with even the smallest details:
a minute examination.
Origin
late Middle English
1425-1475
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
Related forms
minuteness, noun
Synonyms
1. tiny, infinitesimal, minuscule. See little. 3. detailed, exact, precise.
Antonyms
1. large. 3. rough, general.
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British Dictionary definitions for minuteness

minute1

/ˈmɪnɪt/
noun
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
verb (transitive)
7.
to record in minutes: to minute a meeting
8.
to time in terms of minutes
See also minutes
Word Origin
C14: from Old French from Medieval Latin minūta, n. use of Latin minūtusminute²

minute2

/maɪˈnjuːt/
adjective
1.
very small; diminutive; tiny
2.
unimportant; petty
3.
precise or detailed: a minute examination
Derived Forms
minuteness, noun
Word Origin
C15: from Latin minūtus, past participle of minuere to diminish
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Word Origin and History for minuteness

minute

n.

"sixtieth part of an hour or degree," late 14c., from Old French minut (13c.) or directly from Medieval Latin minuta "minute, short note," from Latin minuta, noun use of fem. of minutus "small, minute" (see minute (adj.)). In Medieval Latin, 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.)). German Minute, Dutch minuut also are from French. Used vaguely for "short time" from late 14c. As a measure expressing distance (travel time) by 1886. Minute hand is attested from 1726.

adj.

early 15c., "chopped small," from Latin minutus "little, small, minute," past participle of minuere "to lessen, diminish" (see minus). Meaning "very small in size or degree" is attested from 1620s. Related: Minutely; minuteness.

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minuteness in Science
minute
  (mĭn'ĭt)   
  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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Encyclopedia Article for minuteness

minute

in timekeeping, 60 seconds, now defined in terms of radiation emitted from atoms of the element cesium under specified conditions. The minute was formerly defined as the 60th part of an hour, or the 1,440th part (60 24 [hours] = 1,440) of a mean solar day-i.e., of the average period of rotation of the Earth relative to the Sun. The minute of sidereal time (time measured by the stars rather than by the Sun) was a fraction of a second shorter than the mean solar minute. The minute of atomic time is very nearly equal to the mean solar minute in duration

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