Adjective "Minute" definition and examples

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Definitions and examples


A period of time equal to sixty seconds or a sixtieth of an hour.
  1. 'I'll be there in ten minutes' time'
  2. 'It took me ten minutes short of two hours to get from Clifford Street to Askham Lane.'
  3. 'Every business activity is timed in terms of hours, minutes, days, months, and years.'
  4. 'Irvine finally pulled ahead seven minutes into the second period, taking a lead they were not to relinquish.'
  5. 'In the sixth minute of the second period Christopher Kelly levelled matters when he scored from a free-kick.'
  6. 'Use different units: months, weeks and days, even hours, minutes and seconds.'
  7. 'Brendan McGrath was the goal scorer for the winners nine minutes into the second period.'
  8. 'Keighley had to play the first ten minutes of the second period with only 14 men.'
  9. 'Gavin Chapman came in with an overall time of four hours, twenty five minutes and nine seconds.'
  10. 'The same player added his second and Black Swans fourth to complete the scoring five minutes into the second period.'
  11. 'Why should people who have got incurable diseases or who are in pain every hour, every minute, every second of the day go on needlessly suffering?'
  12. 'This house is within walking distance of the city centre, a few minutes from Herbert Park.'
  13. 'I used an agency in Varna to buy a lovely villa five minutes from Sunny Beach.'
  14. 'A room at the hotel, which is minutes from the airport and city centre, costs around 55 dollars per night.'
  15. 'If you're prepared to walk a few minutes from the harbour, car parking is free.'
  16. 'It was about five minutes from the venue, so they would be able to make it back in time for the show.'
  17. 'The gas meter on the Jeep told him he had less than an eighth of a tank left but he was only about five minutes from home.'
  18. 'Sunday we went to the seaside, as we are only 20 minutes from the coast.'
  19. 'Most hotels have a decent gym, or you can find a decent gym five minutes from the hotel in the big cities.'
  20. 'That thought had only occurred to Cain when they were a few minutes from Wenshi Town.'
  21. 'I did a wee search online, and came up with the yoga place in E2, just 5 minutes from work.'
  22. 'come and sit down for a minute'
  23. 'Let's talk about that for a minute, about the oil, and what kind of problem that this is posing with regard to this cleanup.'
  24. 'Well, let's get to Mohamed Atta for a minute because you mentioned him as well.'
  25. 'And then, once they'd turned their backs for a minute to do something else, we could see my pizza catch fire and eventually blacken to a cinder.'
  26. 'Perhaps you ought to think about that for a minute as well.'
  27. 'For those who still aren't convinced, stop for a minute, look around and take the time to absorb all that this great campus has to offer.'
  28. 'Let's step back for a minute, away from the heat, and look at the light.'
  29. 'Think about the bit in the brackets for a minute.'
  30. 'And if we - excuse me for a minute - and if we find a training camp, we'll take care of it.'
  31. 'As soon as the captain heard this, he excused himself for a minute, went down into his cabin, and brought back a large Manila envelope.'
  32. 'When I point this out to her, McCartney thinks for a minute.'
  33. 'One minute you're angry and the next minute you're happy.'
A sixtieth of a degree of angular measurement (symbol: ʹ)
  1. 'The table was based on a circle divided into 360 degrees with each degree divided into 60 minutes.'
  2. 'To have any chance of affecting a pilot's vision, a would-be terrorist would have to be capable of keeping the beam pointed to an accuracy of 3 minutes of arc, one-tenth the diameter of a Full Moon.'
  3. 'But Kepler found a discrepancy of eight minutes of arc between the observed and predicted positions of the planet.'


A summarized record of the proceedings at a meeting.
  1. 'The minutes of the last meeting were read, followed by the treasurer's and sick visitor's reports.'
  2. 'When the meeting is over, the meeting minutes is already delivered to everyone's inbox.'
  3. 'Entitled Zenta Meeting, the minutes include clear references to potentially moving work to India.'
  4. 'The minutes of the meeting record a two-minute silence, followed by a motion to close.'
  5. 'He posted the complete verbatim minutes of the meeting on the website of the Government.'
  6. 'The only written record are the minutes of the meeting taken by Mr Wilson.'
  7. 'An asthma attack also forced the member taking minutes to leave the meeting early.'
  8. 'No light is shed on the matter by considering the minutes of the meeting at which the report was presented.'
  9. 'It is not difficult to take the minutes of the monthly meetings or to deal with the correspondence which lands on my doormat daily.'
  10. 'I want to make clear again that the minutes of the meeting will show that no clear position was reached on this.'
An official memorandum authorizing or recommending a course of action.
  1. 'It is suggested that all the trustees unanimously sign the Financial Statements, or unanimously sign a Minute authorizing an individual to sign the Financial Statements on behalf of the trust.'

More definitions

1. the sixtieth part (1/60) of an hour; sixty seconds.

2. an indefinitely short space of time: Wait a minute!

3. an exact point in time; instant; moment: Come here this minute!

4. minutes, the official record of the proceedings at a meeting of a society, committee, or other group.

5. Chiefly British. a written summary, note, or memorandum.

6. a rough draft, as of a document.

7. Geometry. the sixtieth part of a degree of angular measure, often represented by the sign ′, as in 12

More examples(as adjective)

"scopes can be minute in comparisons."

"resolutions can be minute in years."

"people can be minute in consciences."

"flats can be minute for twos."

"dimensions can be minute as points."

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(minute)Late Middle English: via Old French from late Latin minuta, feminine (used as a noun) of minutus ‘made small’. The senses ‘period of sixty seconds’ and ‘sixtieth of a degree’ derive from medieval Latin pars minuta prima ‘first minute part’.


any minute (or at any minute)
at the minute
by the minute
just (or wait) a minute
the minute (or the minute that)
not for a minute
this minute (or this very minute)