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Minute Meaning and Definition from WordNet (r) 2.0
    minute adj
  1. infinitely or immeasurably small; "two minute whiplike threads of protoplasm"; "reduced to a microscopic scale" [syn: infinitesimal, microscopic]
  2. immeasurably small [syn: atomic, atomlike]
  3. characterized by painstaking care and detailed examination; "a minute inspection of the grounds"; "a narrow scrutiny"; "an exact and minute report" [syn: narrow] n
  4. a unit of time equal to 60 seconds or 1/60th of an hour; "he ran a 4 minute mile" [syn: min]
  5. an indefinitely short time; "wait just a moment"; "it only takes a minute"; "in just a bit" [syn: moment, second, bit]
  6. a particular point in time; "the moment he arrived the party began" [syn: moment, second, instant]
  7. a unit of angular distance equal to a 60th of a degree [syn: arcminute, minute of arc]
  8. a short note; "the secretary keeps the minutes of the meeting"
  9. distance measured by the time taken to cover it; "we live an hour from the airport"; "its just 10 minutes away" [syn: hour]
Minute Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    Minute \Mi*nute"\, a. [L. minutus, p. p. of minuere to lessen. See Minish, Minor, and cf. Menu, Minuet.]
  1. Very small; little; tiny; fine; slight; slender; inconsiderable. ``Minute drops.'' --Milton.
  2. Attentive to small things; paying attention to details; critical; particular; precise; as, a minute observer; minute observation. Syn: Little; diminutive; fine; critical; exact; circumstantial; particular; detailed. Usage: Minute, Circumstantial, Particular. A
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Wikipedia Meaning and Definition on 'Minute'


A minute is a unit of measurement of time or of angle. The minute is a unit of time equal to 1/60th of an hour or 60 seconds. In the UTC time scale, a minute occasionally has 59 or 61 seconds; see leap second. The minute is not an SI unit; however, it is accepted for use with SI units. The symbol for minute or minutes is min.

In astronomy, the minute is a unit of angle, the minute of right ascension. It is equal to 1/60th of an hour of right ascension and can be further divided into 60 seconds of right ascension.

The Earth turns on its polar axis through fifteen minutes of arc in every minute of sidereal time. One minute of arc at the Earth's equator is approximately one nautical mile.

In old astronomical texts minute can also mean a unit of time equal to 1/60th of a day (24 usual minutes). These minutes correspond to the Latin diei scrupulis, and used to express periods of planetary motions. For example, Kepler in Harmonices Mundi gives Saturn year as 10759D12', that is 10759 (Earth) days, 4 hours, and 48 (usual) minutes (roughly 29.5 years),

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* When you are in any contest you should work as if there were - to the very last minute - a chance to lose it. - Dwight D Eisenhower

* Fill the unforgiving minute with sixty seconds worth of distance run. - Rudyard Kipling

* A banker is a fellow who lends you his umbrella when the sun is shining, but wants it back the minute it begins to rain. - Mark Twain


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