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Wednesday, August 04, 2010

minim

\MIN-uhm\ , noun;
1.
the least quantity of anything.
2.
the smallest unit of liquid measure, 1/60 of a fluid dram, roughly equivalent to one drop.
3.
Music. A note, formerly the shortest in use, but now equivalent in time value to one half of a semibreve; half note.
4.
Something very small or insignificant.
Quotes:
No doubt there are abject specimens of the visionary, as there is a minim mammal which you might imprison in the finger of your glove.
-- George Eliot, Daniel Deronda
He examined the sprocket areas of the film searching for a speck of data, a minim of missing imagery.
-- Don DeLillo, Underworld
Origin:
Minim originates in music, from the same Latin root as minimum.
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