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minute
used in Middlemarch

2 meanings, 6 uses
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1  —3 uses as in:
minute size
Definition
small, exceptionally small, or insignificant
  • Such conditions are often minutely represented in our petty lifetimes.
    Book 4 — Three Love Problems (84% in)
minutely = in a small way
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • In this way, metaphorically speaking, a strong lens applied to Mrs. Cadwallader's match-making will show a play of minute causes producing what may be called thought and speech vortices to bring her the sort of food she needed.
    Book 1 — Miss Brooke (46% in)
  • minute = small
  • Your pier-glass or extensive surface of polished steel made to be rubbed by a housemaid, will be minutely and multitudinously scratched in all directions; but place now against it a lighted candle as a centre of illumination, and lo! the scratches will seem to arrange themselves in a fine series of concentric circles round that little sun.
    Book 3 — Waiting for Death (39% in)
minutely = very slightly
There are no more uses of "minute" flagged with this meaning in Middlemarch.

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2  —3 uses as in:
minute description
Definition
detailed (including even small considerations); and/or careful (done with care)
  • He had taken the precaution of bringing opium in his pocket, and he gave minute directions to Bulstrode as to the doses, and the point at which they should cease.
    Book 7 — Two Temptations (73% in)
minute = detailed
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • ...he was enamoured of that arduous invention which is the very eye of research, provisionally framing its object and correcting it to more and more exactness of relation; he wanted to pierce the obscurity of those minute processes which prepare human misery and joy, those invisible thoroughfares which are the first lurking-places of anguish, mania, and crime, that delicate poise and transition which determine the growth of happy or unhappy consciousness.
    Book 2 — Old and Young (41% in)
  • minute = detailed
  • Raffles denied this with solemn adjurations; the fact being that the links of consciousness were interrupted in him, and that his minute terror-stricken narrative to Caleb Garth had been delivered under a set of visionary impulses which had dropped back into darkness.
    Book 7 — Two Temptations (64% in)
minute = detailed
There are no more uses of "minute" flagged with this meaning in Middlemarch.

Typical Usage  (best examples)
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