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minuteness
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The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
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as in: a minute amount Define
very, very small
  • The solemn Mr. Merryweather perched himself upon a crate, with a very injured expression upon his face, while Holmes fell upon his knees upon the floor and, with the lantern and a magnifying lens, began to examine minutely the cracks between the stones.
  • He threw himself down upon his face with his lens in his hand and crawled swiftly backward and forward, examining minutely the cracks between the boards.

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  • The whole garden has already been minutely examined.

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  • 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.
  • Even a minute amount of lead can be harmful to children.

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unspecified meaning
  • Then they will not lose a minute, for the sooner they do their work the longer time they will have for their escape.
  • For a minute or more the hand, with its writhing fingers, protruded out of the floor.

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  • On the contrary, you are, as I understand, richer by some 30, to say nothing of the minute knowledge which you have gained on every subject which comes under the letter A. You have lost nothing by them.
  • Sherlock Holmes welcomed her with the easy courtesy for which he was remarkable, and, having closed the door and bowed her into an armchair, he looked her over in the minute and yet abstracted fashion which was peculiar to him.
  • The man sat for a minute or more with a heaving chest, fighting against his emotion.
  • By its light I saw that the black ceiling was coming down upon me, slowly, jerkily, but, as none knew better than myself, with a force which must within a minute grind me to a shapeless pulp.

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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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