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1  —as in:
minute size; or minute description
Definition very small


detailed (including even small considerations); or careful (done with care)
  • 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.
minute = tiny
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • Even a minute amount of lead can be harmful to children.
  • minute = tiny
  • It was the kind of box wedding rings came in, purple velvet with a minute catch.
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
  • minute = tiny
  • ...with the brother and friend who was opening all his heart to her ... who could give her direct and minute information of the father and mother, brothers and sisters, of whom she very seldom heard;
    Jane Austen  --  Mansfield Park
  • minute = detailed
  • As she speaks Hana gives me a little wink and a minute shake of her head.
    Lauren Oliver  --  Delirium
  • minute = very small
  • He had drunk a few times before—minute quantities that his sister had given him at Woodson Street.
    Thomas Wolfe  --  Look Homeward, Angel
  • The captain, as a military man, undertook to load it, putting in a minute quantity of powder.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  The Brothers Karamazov
  • 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 forest minutely vibrated.
    William Golding  --  Lord of the Flies
minutely = very slightly

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2  —as in:
keep the minutes
Definition a written record of what happened at a meeting
  • The secretary keeps the minutes of the meeting.
minutes of the meeting = written record of what happens at a meeting
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • I always review the minutes to make sure there are no errors.
  • minutes = written record of what happened at a meeting
  • He shall attend all meetings of stock-holders and of the Board of Directors and keep the minutes thereof.
    John Gardner  --  The Sunlight Dialogues
  • keep the minutes = write formal notes
  • He would keep the minutes on the left hand blackboard and then they would be there when he needed to add another to them.
    Dalton Trumbo  --  Johnny Got His Gun
  • keep the minutes = write notes of what was said
  • In the words of the minutes of the meeting: "It was submitted to the consideration of the council whether, under all circumstances, it would not be eligible to leave Long Island and its dependencies [fortifications] and remove the army to New York."
    David G. McCullough  --  1776
  • minutes of the meeting = formal notes of the meeting
  • They also had tally sticks and the minutes of the last meeting.
    T. H. White  --  The Once and Future King
  • minutes = formal notes
  • Do you remember—looking at page sixteen of the grand jury minutes, line ten—'You picked him out of the lineup?'
    Alice Sebold  --  Lucky
  • minutes = formal notes
  • "OPINIONS HERE ARE VARIOUS," Joseph Reed confided to his wife, following a council of war during which he had kept the minutes.
    David G. McCullough  --  1776
  • kept the minutes = took formal notes
  • Not going to detail what new Congress did and said that session and later; minutes are available.
    Robert A. Heinlein  --  The Moon is a Harsh Mistress
  • minutes = formal notes
  • I'll take the minutes for you.
    Gloria Naylor  --  The Women of Brewster Place
minutes = formal notes

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More commonly:
Much more commonly, minute and minutes refer to a period of time lasting 60 seconds. Less commonly, they refer to a measurement of angle where 60 minutes make up a single degree, and where a right angle has 90 degrees and a circle has 360 degrees. Much less commonly, minute can refer to a single record of one of the things that happened at a meeting. This sense of the word is much more commonly seen in the form minutes as in "Have you read the minutes from the meeting?"
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