minute

Craftsmen can paint whole villages or detailed portraits of people on a grain of rice using minute, or tiny, paintbrushes. Often the works of art are so minute that you can only see them with a magnifying glass.

Minutus is the Latin word for "small," and it gave rise to both the adjective minute (my-NOOT), or incredibly small, and the noun minute (MIN-it), or 60 seconds of time. Though they are pronounced differently, both words refer to small measurements. An object can be minute, like a flea compared with its dog, and less concrete things can be minute, like your minute chance of winning the lottery. A minute freckle on the side of your nose is a minute detail of your whole face.

Primary Meanings of minute

1.
n
a unit of time equal to 60 seconds or 1/60th of an hour
2.
adj
infinitely or immeasurably small
3.
n
a unit of angular distance equal to a 60th of a degree
4.
n
a short note
Full Definitions of minute
1

n a unit of time equal to 60 seconds or 1/60th of an hour

“he ran a 4 minute mile”
Synonyms:
min
Type of:
time unit, unit of time
a unit for measuring time periods

n an indefinitely short time

“it only takes a minute
Synonyms:
bit, mo, moment, second
Types:
New York minute, blink of an eye, flash, heartbeat, instant, jiffy, split second, trice, twinkling, wink
a very short time (as the time it takes the eye to blink or the heart to beat)
Type of:
time
an indefinite period (usually marked by specific attributes or activities)

n a particular point in time

Synonyms:
instant, moment, second
Types:
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climax, culmination
the decisive moment in a novel or play
eleventh hour, last minute
the latest possible moment
moment of truth
a crucial moment on which much depends
moment of truth
the moment in a bullfight when the matador kills the bull
pinpoint
a very brief moment
time
a suitable moment
psychological moment
the most appropriate time for achieving a desired effect
high time
the latest possible moment
occasion
the time of a particular event
Type of:
point, point in time
an instant of time

n distance measured by the time taken to cover it

“its just 10 minutes away”
Synonyms:
hour
Type of:
distance
the property created by the space between two objects or points
2

adj infinitely or immeasurably small

“two minute whiplike threads of protoplasm”
Synonyms:
infinitesimal
little, small
limited or below average in number or quantity or magnitude or extent

adj characterized by painstaking care and detailed examination

“a minute inspection of the grounds”
“an exact and minute report”
Synonyms:
narrow
careful
exercising caution or showing care or attention
3

n a unit of angular distance equal to a 60th of a degree

Synonyms:
arcminute, minute of arc
Type of:
angular unit
a unit of measurement for angles
4

n a short note

“the secretary keeps the minutes of the meeting”
Type of:
note
a brief written record

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