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as in:  a minute amount

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.
  very, very small
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minute minutely
Note the different pronunciation from the 60-second meaning of "minute."
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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.
  • [T]his case ... requires no minute sifting of complicated facts,
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
  • As she speaks Hana gives me a little wink and a minute shake of her head.
    Lauren Oliver  --  Delirium

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  • The forest minutely vibrated.
    William Golding  --  Lord of the Flies
  • It was the kind of box wedding rings came in, purple velvet with a minute catch.
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
  • But then my uncle gives a minute shake of his head.
    Lauren Oliver  --  Delirium
  • She called us by all our names, and when she grinned she revealed two minute gold prongs clipped to her eyeteeth.
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
  • 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
  • The captain, as a military man, undertook to load it, putting in a minute quantity of powder.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  The Brothers Karamazov

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  • But now her spirit resembled, in its potency, a minute quantity of ottar of rose in one of Hepzibah’s huge, iron-bound trunks, diffusing its fragrance through the various articles of linen and wrought-lace, kerchiefs, caps, stockings, folded dresses, gloves, and whatever else was treasured there.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The House of the Seven Gables
  • He had drunk a few times before—minute quantities that his sister had given him at Woodson Street.
    Thomas Wolfe  --  Look Homeward, Angel
  • 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 scientist of today is either a mixture of psychologist and inquisitor, studying with real ordinary minuteness the meaning of facial expressions, gestures, and tones of voice, and testing the truth-producing effects of drugs, shock therapy, hypnosis, and physical torture; or he is chemist, physicist, or biologist concerned only with such branches of his special subject as are relevant to the taking of life.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • He gives a minute shrug of his shoulders, and for a moment we just stare at each other.
    Lauren Oliver  --  Delirium
  • The edge of the lagoon became a streak of phosphorescence which advanced minutely, as the great wave of the tide flowed.
    William Golding  --  Lord of the Flies
  • She gives a minute shake of her head.
    Lauren Oliver  --  Delirium
  • a minute particle in the eye
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Associated words [difficulty]:   minuteness [9] , minutiae [5]
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