The rules of Effect are laid down with great precision and minuteness, and illustrated with several neat engravings by Hinckley.
The gravity and minuteness with which some particulars are related also lend an artful aid.
She wrote with minuteness, because she believed it her duty to hold up his life as a warning to others.
The greatness and the minuteness of Nature pass all understanding.
minuteness of detail in relating this case must be excused on account of the extreme interest and importance attached to it.
It is honourable of the advertiser to mention the minuteness of the cliffs.
And with the minuteness of a good-natured grandfather he inquired about all the little displeasures of her life.
Poussin studied nature with a minuteness that often exposed him to raillery.
This will be received, I hope, as a sufficient apology for the minuteness and length of some of the notes.
Columbus observed and reported the customs of these people with some minuteness.
"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.
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.