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minute
used in Frankenstein

2 meanings, 6 uses
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1  —3 uses as in:
minute size
Definition
small, exceptionally small, or insignificant
  • As the minuteness of the parts formed a great hindrance to my speed, I resolved, contrary to my first intention, to make the being of a gigantic stature, that is to say, about eight feet in height, and proportionably large.
    Chapter 4 (57% in)
minuteness = smallness

(Editor's note:  The suffix "-ness" converts an adjective to a noun that means the quality of. This is the same pattern you see in words like darkness, kindness, and coolness.)
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • He entered attentively into all my arguments in favour of my eventual success and into every minute detail of the measures I had taken to secure it.
    Introductory Letters (79% in)
  • minute = small
  • It had been her care which provided me a companion in Clerval—and yet a man is blind to a thousand minute circumstances which call forth a woman's sedulous attention.
    Chapter 18 (56% in)
minute = small
There are no more uses of "minute" flagged with this meaning in Frankenstein.

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2  —3 uses as in:
minute description
Definition
detailed (including even small considerations); and/or careful (done with care)
  • You minutely described in these papers every step you took in the progress of your work; this history was mingled with accounts of domestic occurrences.
    Chapter 15 (34% in)
minutely = with careful detail
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • I tried to calm Ernest; I enquired more minutely concerning my father, and her I named my cousin.
    Chapter 7 (75% in)
  • minutely = in detail
  • Everything is related in them which bears reference to my accursed origin; the whole detail of that series of disgusting circumstances which produced it is set in view; the minutest description of my odious and loathsome person is given, in language which painted your own horrors and rendered mine indelible.
    Chapter 15 (37% in)
minutest = most detailed
There are no more uses of "minute" flagged with this meaning in Frankenstein.

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