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1  —as in:
minute size; or minute description
Definition very small


detailed (including even small considerations)
  • Even a minute amount of lead can be harmful to children.
minute = tiny
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • Don't eat a lot of poppy seeds for a few days before a drug test. They have a minute amount of a chemical that can cause a false positive when testing for heroin use.
  • minute = very small


    detailed (including even small considerations)
  • As she speaks Hana gives me a little wink and a minute shake of her head.
    Lauren Oliver  --  Delirium
  • minute = very small
  • He had drunk a few times before—minute quantities that his sister had given him at Woodson Street.
    Thomas Wolfe  --  Look Homeward, Angel
  • [T]his case ... requires no minute sifting of complicated facts,
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
  • minute = small
  • The captain, as a military man, undertook to load it, putting in a minute quantity of powder.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  The Brothers Karamazov
  • There were minute amounts of ethanol in both Blane and Santorelli, but that was just the consequence of putrefaction.
    Dean Koontz  --  Sole Survivor
  • The smell of a strawberry arises from the interaction of at least 350 different chemicals that are present in minute amounts.
    Eric Schlosser  --  Fast Food Nation
  • The forest minutely vibrated.
    William Golding  --  Lord of the Flies
  • minutely = in a very tiny manner
  • She got herself some basic science textbooks, a good dictionary, and a journal she'd use to copy passage after passage from biology textbooks: "Cell is a minute portion of living substance," she wrote.
    Rebecca Skloot  --  The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
minute = very small

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2  —as in:
keep the minutes
Definition a written record of what happened at a meeting
  • The secretary keeps the minutes of the meeting.
minutes of the meeting = formal notes of the meeting
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • I always review the minutes to make sure there are no errors.
  • minutes = formal notes
  • They also had tally sticks and the minutes of the last meeting.
    T. H. White  --  The Once and Future King
  • Do you remember—looking at page sixteen of the grand jury minutes, line ten—'You picked him out of the lineup?'
    Alice Sebold  --  Lucky
  • As secretary to the Praesidium he gave minutes of its most secret proceedings.
    John Le Carre  --  The Spy Who Came In From The Cold
  • According to the minutes, there was only one dissenting voice, and it was General George Clinton, not Lee, as he later implied.
    David G. McCullough  --  1776
  • Not going to detail what new Congress did and said that session and later; minutes are available.
    Robert A. Heinlein  --  The Moon is a Harsh Mistress
  • I'll take the minutes for you.
    Gloria Naylor  --  The Women of Brewster Place
  • Now we need someone else to take the minutes.
    Gloria Naylor  --  The Women of Brewster Place
  • She got the board to approve two decisions and enter them in the minutes.
    Stieg Larsson  --  The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest

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More commonly:
Much more commonly, minute and minutes refer to a period of time lasting 60 seconds. Less commonly, they refer to a measurement of angle where 60 minutes make up a single degree, and where a right angle has 90 degrees and a circle has 360 degrees. Much less commonly, minute can refer to a single record of one of the things that happened at a meeting. This sense of the word is much more commonly seen in the form minutes as in "Have you read the minutes from the meeting?"
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