Minuteness



[mahy-noot, -nyoot, mi-] /maɪˈnut, -ˈnyut, mɪ-/

adjective, minuter, minutest.
1.
extremely small, as in size, amount, extent, or degree:
minute differences.
2.
of minor importance; insignificant; trifling.
3.
attentive to or concerned with even the smallest details:
a minute examination.
/ˈmɪnɪt/
noun
1.
a period of time equal to 60 seconds; one sixtieth of an hour
2.
Also called minute of arc. a unit of angular measure equal to one sixtieth of a degree ′
3.
any very short period of time; moment
4.
a short note or memorandum
5.
the distance that can be travelled in a minute: it’s only two minutes away
6.
(up-to-the-minute when prenominal) up to the minute, very latest or newest
verb (transitive)
7.
to record in minutes: to minute a meeting
8.
to time in terms of minutes
/maɪˈnjuːt/
adjective
1.
very small; diminutive; tiny
2.
unimportant; petty
3.
precise or detailed: a minute examination
n.

“sixtieth part of an hour or degree,” late 14c., from Old French minut (13c.) or directly from Medieval Latin minuta “minute, short note,” from Latin minuta, noun use of fem. of minutus “small, minute” (see minute (adj.)). In Medieval Latin, pars minuta prima “first small part” was used by mathematician Ptolemy for one-sixtieth of a circle, later of an hour (next in order was secunda minuta, which became second (n.)). German Minute, Dutch minuut also are from French. Used vaguely for “short time” from late 14c. As a measure expressing distance (travel time) by 1886. Minute hand is attested from 1726.
adj.

early 15c., “chopped small,” from Latin minutus “little, small, minute,” past participle of minuere “to lessen, diminish” (see minus). Meaning “very small in size or degree” is attested from 1620s. Related: Minutely; minuteness.
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(mĭn’ĭt)

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