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[min-it] /ˈmɪn ɪt/
noun
1.
the sixtieth part (1/60) of an hour; sixty seconds.
2.
an indefinitely short space of time:
Wait a minute!
3.
an exact point in time; instant; moment:
Come here this minute!
4.
minutes, the official record of the proceedings at a meeting of a society, committee, or other group.
5.
Chiefly British. a written summary, note, or memorandum.
6.
a rough draft, as of a document.
7.
Geometry. the sixtieth part of a degree of angular measure, often represented by the sign ′, as in 12° 10′, which is read as 12 degrees and 10 minutes.
Compare angle1 (def 1c).
verb (used with object), minuted, minuting.
8.
to time exactly, as movements or speed.
9.
to make a draft of (a document or the like).
10.
to record in a memorandum; note down.
11.
to enter in the minutes of a meeting.
adjective
12.
prepared in a very short time:
minute pudding.
Idioms
13.
up to the minute, modern; up-to-date:
The building design is up to the minute.
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English < Medieval Latin minūta, noun use of feminine of minūtus minute2
Related forms
unminuted, adjective
Synonyms
2. jiffy, second. Minute, instant, moment refer to small amounts of time. A minute, properly denoting 60 seconds, is often used loosely for any very short space of time (and may be interchangeable with second ): I'll be there in just a minute. An instant is practically a point in time, with no duration, though it is also used to mean a perceptible amount of time: not an instant's delay. Moment denotes much the same as instant, though with a somewhat greater sense of duration (but somewhat less than minute ): It will only take a moment.
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Examples from the web for minutes
  • In my condominium, the secretary never takes the minutes at the meeting.
  • Three hundred copies were snapped up within a few minutes.
  • He had to speak for three minutes on a subject of his choice.
  • Scientists have created a robot that can replicate itself in minutes.
  • Brown the meat for a few minutes and add the mussels, tomatoes and wine.
  • During the past year, no minutes of the meetings have been taken.
  • It is estimated that the workers would have had to set a block every two and a half minutes.
  • All vehicles exit their opposite edges after four minutes.
  • Stay up-to-date with what's happening in academe in a matter of minutes.
  • The device can be used at any point during a game and takes only a few minutes to work.
British Dictionary definitions for minutes

minutes

/ˈmɪnɪts/
plural noun
1.
an official record of the proceedings of a meeting, conference, convention, etc

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 minutes
n.

"record of proceedings," c.1710, perhaps from Latin minuta scriptura "rough notes," literally "small writing;" see minute (adj.). Minute "rough draft" is attested from c.1500.

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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minutes 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 minutes

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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