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minuteness
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  • The calculations were delicate, minute, exquisitely clear; and delicate were the scientist’s thin hands among the papers.
  • On the stone steps of the Main Medical, two minutes after, appeared beneath the arc-light a tall figure, ascetic, self-contained, apart.

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  • Madeline took him to the door; for an exhilarating half-minute he had her alone.
  • 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.
  • Twenty minutes after, they were clinging together in the quiet of her living room.
  • He had to wait for twenty minutes in a reception-room like that of an undertaker.
  • It took him long minutes to get an answer from Madeline’s flat, then Mrs. Fox’s voice sounded, sleepily, quaveringly: "Yes, yes?"

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  • He had not merely to get through each minute as it came; the whole grim thirty minutes were present at the same time.
  • He could have walked around the borders of Wheatsylvania in ten minutes.
  • He’ll expect you for supper at six o’clock sharp, and when he says six o’clock SHARP, he means six o’clock SHARP, and not five minutes past six!
  • This ain’t Zenith, where you can go yelling around expecting to get things done in two minutes!
  • It is true that twenty minutes after that, she was sneering at Clif Clawson, at fishing, and at all school-teachers, but to his fury she yielded in tears.
  • While he was practicing the tactful observation he was going to present two minutes from now, he could still hear the clumsy thing he had said two minutes before.
  • While he was practicing the tactful observation he was going to present two minutes from now, he could still hear the clumsy thing he had said two minutes before.
  • 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.
  • Four miles—he would do it in eight minutes.
  • He drove the twenty-four miles to Leopolis in thirty-seven minutes.
  • He drove out and back in his gasoline chariot, making the total distance of 48 miles in 79 minutes.
  • I’ve gotten quite a lot of appreciation in my small way for some of these things that didn’t hardly take me five minutes to dash off.
  • Do you remember once in Wheatsylvania for five minutes you almost thought of joining a church and being a Respectable Citizen?
  • Three fidgety minutes later, deplorably aware of masculine snickers from behind him, he escaped.
  • You know, just couple minutes.
  • The provincial Arrowsmiths arrived on time, therefore fifteen minutes early.
  • But he did have diphtheria antitoxin in his shop, and sixteen minutes after Martin’s escape from being killed by a train he was speeding to Henry Novak’s.
  • Dr. Bissex first discharged Rufus Ockford, which took five minutes, went out and addressed a Y.M.C.A. meeting, then bustled in and invited Martin to resign.
  • Five rapt minutes Martin spent in the laboratory which was to be his—smallish but efficient, the bench exactly the right height, a proper sink with pedal taps.
  • By midsummer they were firmly re-engaged and, though he was slightly disturbed by the cashier, a young and giggling Wisconsin school-teacher with ankles, he so longed for Madeline that he lay awake thinking of giving up his job and fleeing to her caresses— lay awake for minutes at a time.
  • Gottlieb twitched out the cotton plug with his little finger, so neatly that the medical students who had complained, "Bacteriology is junk; urinalysis and blood tests are all the lab stuff we need to know," now gave him something of the respect they had for a man who could do card tricks or remove an appendix in seven minutes.
  • He’d go back right now and tell the Holy Wren— "Hey! Slim! Wait a minute! Hold your horses!" observed Terry.
  • You realized before he had talked to you for ten minutes that here was one of the few leaders of mankind who could discourse on any branch of knowledge, yet could control practical affairs and drive stumbling mankind on to sane and reasonable ideals.
  • Never in her life had she spent three minutes in arranging flowers.
  • 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."
  • "We’ll by golly get back when we’re by golly good and ready!" he said to Leora; but on them both was the cumulative dread of the fussing voices, beyond every breezy prospect was the order, "Be back at six sharp"; and they whipped up to arrive at eleven minutes to six, as Mr. Tozer was returning from the creamery, full thirty seconds later than usual.
  • 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.
  • He saw to it that the lovers should not have a chance for a good-night kiss; and until Mr. Tozer called down the hall, at seven minutes after ten, "You going to stay up and chew the rag the whole blessed night, Bert?" he made himself agreeable by sitting on Martin’s bed, looking derisively at his shabby baggage, and demanding the details of his parentage, religion, politics, and attitude toward the horrors of card-playing and dancing.
  • He bought, in seventeen minutes, a Palm Beach suit, two new shirts, and, as St. Hubert was a British possession and as he had heard that all Britishers carry canes, a stick which the shop-keeper guaranteed to be as good as genuine malacca.
  • …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.
  • Sir Robert Fairlamb was a blundering hero, exasperating the sick while he tried to nurse them; Stokes remained the Rock of Ages—he had only three hours’ sleep a night, but he never failed to take his accustomed fifteen minutes of exercise when he awoke; and Leora was busy in Penrith Lodge, helping Martin prepare phage.
  • Yes, of course, some day I guess they’ll have a car every twenty minutes," he said weightily.
  • "Now that," observed Leora, "is funny, because in my twenty-two years in Wheatsylvania I remember three different times when supper was as late as seven minutes after six.
  • If I could only manage to meet him and talk to him for a couple o’ minutes—" He lingered after the lecture.
  • It was forty minutes from the time of the telephone call when he rushed into a furrowed driveway and saw on the doorstep, against the lamplight, a stooped man who called, "The Doctor?
  • Holabird stared, assembled his mustache, departed from his Diligent Director manner, and spoke: "Wait a minute, if you don’t mind.
  • Every five minutes it came to him, as a quite new and ecstatic idea, "Why don’t I go to sleep?" then he remembered, and groaned, "No, I’ve got to keep going and watch every step.
  • 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!
  • She sat quiet (a frail child, only up to one’s shoulder, not nine minutes older than at marriage, nine years before), or she napped inoffensively, in the long living-room of their flat, while he worked over his dreary digit-infested books till one, till two, and she politely awoke to let him worry at her, "But look here now, I’ve got to keep up my research at the same time.

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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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