Minim



[min-uh m] /ˈmɪn əm/

noun
1.
the smallest unit of liquid measure, 1/60 (0.0167) of a fluid dram, roughly equivalent to one drop. Symbol: ♍, ♏.
Abbreviation: min, min.;
2.
Music. a note, formerly the shortest in use, but now equivalent in time value to one half of a semibreve; half note.
3.
the least quantity of anything.
4.
something very small or insignificant.
5.
(initial capital letter) a member of a mendicant religious order founded in the 15th century by St. Francis of Paola.
adjective
6.
smallest.
7.
very small.
/ˈmɪnɪm/
noun
1.
a unit of fluid measure equal to one sixtieth of a drachm. It is approximately equal to one drop M, ♏
2.
(music) a note having the time value of half a semibreve Usual US and Canadian name half-note
3.
a small or insignificant person or thing
4.
a downward stroke in calligraphy
adjective
5.
(rare) very small; tiny
n.

mid-15c., in music, from Latin minimus “smallest, least; minute, trifling, insignificant;” of time, “least, shortest, very short;” of age, “youngest;” as a noun, “least price, lowest price” (see minimum). Calligraphy sense is from c.1600.

minim min·im (mĭn’əm)
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