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minuteness
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Brave New World
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  • "Reducing the number of revolutions per minute," Mr. Foster explained.
  • It took eight minutes for the tubes to go through, he told them.

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  • Eight minutes of hard X-rays being about as much as an egg can stand.
  • "We had Elementary Sex for the first forty minutes," she answered.
  • At eight hundred feet Henry slowed down the helicopter screws, and they hung for a minute or two poised above the fading landscape.
  • They flew in silence for a minute or two.
  • "Four minutes late," was all his comment, as she climbed in beside him.
  • "Seven minutes behind time," he added, and shook his head.
  • Ten minutes later they were at Stoke Poges and had started their first round of Obstacle Golf.
  • Henry accelerated; the humming of the propeller shrilled from hornet to wasp, from wasp to mosquito; the speedometer showed that they were rising at the best part of two kilometres a minute.

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  • Every two and a half minutes a bell and the screech of whistles announced the departure of one of the light monorail trains which carried the lower caste golfers back from their separate course to the metropolis.
  • Destined to die … A decilitre of Eau de Cologne every minute.
  • Quick, quick; but it took him nearly three minutes to get on to Helmholtz Watson.
  • Five minutes later roots and fruits were abolished; the flower of the present rosily blossomed.
  • Ten minutes later they were crossing the frontier that separated civilization from savagery.
  • "Still," he said, "Ariel could put a girdle round the earth in forty minutes."
  • Five minutes in that Alpha Double Plus classroom left John a trifle bewildered.
  • Five minutes later he was back in his room.
  • Chapter Ten …. The hands of all the four thousand electric clocks in all the Bloomsbury Centre’s four thousand rooms marked twenty-seven minutes past two.
  • They hurried out of the room and returned in a minute or two, each pushing a kind of tall dumb-waiter laden, on all its four wire-netted shelves, with eight-month-old babies, all exactly alike (a Bokanovsky Group, it was evident) and all (since their caste was Delta) dressed in khaki.
  • As soon as they got back to the rest-house, she swallowed six half-gramme tablets of soma, lay down on her bed, and within ten minutes had embarked for lunar eternity.
  • But inexorably, every thirty seconds, the minute hand of the electric clock above his bed jumped forward with an almost imperceptible click.
  • A few minutes later, however, he thought better of it and took four tablets of soma.
  • Sitting beside her, the Savage tried hard to recapture his mood of a few minutes before.
  • "I shall rest for a few minutes," he said.
  • Eight minutes later, a new edition of The Hourly Radio was on sale in the streets of London.
  • In a few minutes there were dozens of them, standing in a wide circle round the lighthouse, staring, laughing, clicking their cameras, throwing (as to an ape) peanuts, packets of sex-hormone chewing-gum, pan-glandular petite beurres.
  • …how (and he now took them to watch the operation) this receptacle was immersed in a warm bouillon containing free-swimming spermatozoa–at a minimum concentration of one hundred thousand per cubic centimetre, he insisted; and how, after ten minutes, the container was lifted out of the liquor and its contents re-examined; how, if any of the eggs remained unfertilized, it was again immersed, and, if necessary, yet again; how the fertilized ova went back to the incubators; where the Alphas…
  • (The embryo is hungry; day in, day out, the blood-surrogate pump unceasingly turns its eight hundred revolutions a minute.
  • "In a few minutes," she had said to herself, as she entered the room, "I shall be seeing him, talking to him, telling him" (for she had come with her mind made up) "that I like him–more than anybody I’ve ever known.
  • We’ll give him five more minutes," said Helmholtz.
  • Please, please be good and …" Two minutes later the Voice and the soma vapour had produced their effect.
  • From time to time he stretched out his arms as though he were on the Cross, and held them thus through long minutes of an ache that gradually increased till it became a tremulous and excruciating agony; held them, in voluntary crucifixion, while he repeated, through clenched teeth (the sweat, meanwhile, pouring down his face), "Oh, forgive me!
  • The Blue Pacific Rocket was two and a half minutes early at New Orleans, lost four minutes in a tornado over Texas, but flew into a favourable air current at Longitude 95 West, and was able to land at Santa Fé less than forty seconds behind schedule time.
  • The Blue Pacific Rocket was two and a half minutes early at New Orleans, lost four minutes in a tornado over Texas, but flew into a favourable air current at Longitude 95 West, and was able to land at Santa Fé less than forty seconds behind schedule time.
  • He kept his telescopic cameras carefully aimed–glued to their moving objective; clapped on a higher power to get a close-up of the frantic and distorted face (admirable!); switched over, for half a minute, to slow motion (an exquisitely comical effect, he promised himself); listened in, meanwhile, to the blows, the groans, the wild and raving words that were being recorded on the sound-track at the edge of his film, tried the effect of a little amplification (yes, that was decidedly…
  • A few minutes after the first Oohs and Aahs (a duet having been sung and a little love made on that famous bearskin, every hair of which–the Assistant Predestinator was perfectly right–could be separately and distinctly felt), the negro had a helicopter accident, fell on his head.

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as in: a minute amount Define
very, very small
as in: keep the minutes Define
a written record of what happened at a meeting
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