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minuteness
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as in: a minute amount Define
very, very small
  • He plodded into Gottlieb's office to secure the journal containing D'Herelle's report, and read it minutely, enthusiastically.

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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
  • The calculations were delicate, minute, exquisitely clear; and delicate were the scientist's thin hands among the papers.
  • Madeline took him to the door; for an exhilarating half-minute he had her alone.

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  • Do stop being smart, for a minute.
  • He had not merely to get through each minute as it came; the whole grim thirty minutes were present at the same time.
  • The minute he begins to see that other folks appreciate and reward your skill, that minute he must begin to feel your power and so to get well.
  • The minute he begins to see that other folks appreciate and reward your skill, that minute he must begin to feel your power and so to get well.
  • During Martin's minute original research, Gottlieb rejoiced in his willingness to abandon conventional—and convenient—theories of immunology and in the exasperated carefulness with which he checked results.
  • When he had closed the door and let his spirit flow out and fill that minute apartment with his own essence, he felt secure.
  • You know the normal speed, even for a good centrifuge, is about four thousand revolutions a minute.
  • This does twenty thousand a minute—fastest in the world.

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  • He'd go back right now and tell the Holy Wren— "Hey! Slim! Wait a minute! Hold your horses!" observed Terry.
  • He felt rustic when, after he had blurted, "Just a minute til I go up and unpack my suit-case," she said gently, "Oh, that will have been done for you."
  • He discovered nothing but shadows of what had been bacteria: thin outlines, the form still there but the cell substance gone; minute skeletons on an infinitesimal battlefield.
  • …were all to be calm, and of course Bert didn't mean— But really, it was true; they had to be sensible, and how Mr. Arrowsmith could expect to support a wife— The conference lasted till nine-thirty, which, as Mr. Tozer pointed out, was everybody's bedtime, and except for the five-minute discussion as to whether Miss Ada Quist was to stay to supper, and the debate on the saltiness of this last cornbeef, they clave faithfully to the inquiry as to whether Martin and Leora were engaged.
  • Holabird stared, assembled his mustache, departed from his Diligent Director manner, and spoke: "Wait a minute, if you don't mind.
  • Her confidence in him, the affection of this uprooted old woman bewildered in a strange land, overcame him; he lost all his whiskycolored feeling that he was a nimble fellow, and in a melancholy way, with all the weight of life again upon him, he sighed that no, nothing had happened, but he'd forgotten to tell Madeline something—so shor—so sorry call so late—could he speak Mad just minute— Then Madeline was bubbling, "Why, Marty dear, what is it? I do hope nothing has happened!

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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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