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Meaning & Definition of Minute in English

English

Minute

/mɪnət/

noun

1. A unit of time equal to 60 seconds or 1/60th of an hour

  • "He ran a 4 minute mile"
    synonym:
  • minute
  • ,
  • min

2. An indefinitely short time

  • "Wait just a moment"
  • "In a mo"
  • "It only takes a minute"
  • "In just a bit"
    synonym:
  • moment
  • ,
  • mo
  • ,
  • minute
  • ,
  • second
  • ,
  • bit

3. A particular point in time

  • "The moment he arrived the party began"
    synonym:
  • moment
  • ,
  • minute
  • ,
  • second
  • ,
  • instant

4. A unit of angular distance equal to a 60th of a degree

    synonym:
  • minute
  • ,
  • arcminute
  • ,
  • minute of arc

5. A short note

  • "The secretary keeps the minutes of the meeting"
    synonym:
  • minute

6. Distance measured by the time taken to cover it

  • "We live an hour from the airport"
  • "Its just 10 minutes away"
    synonym:
  • hour
  • ,
  • minute

adjective

1. Infinitely or immeasurably small

  • "Two minute whiplike threads of protoplasm"
  • "Reduced to a microscopic scale"
    synonym:
  • infinitesimal
  • ,
  • minute

2. Characterized by painstaking care and detailed examination

  • "A minute inspection of the grounds"
  • "A narrow scrutiny"
  • "An exact and minute report"
    synonym:
  • minute
  • ,
  • narrow

Examples of using

Relax for a minute.
Relax for a minute.
Tom seemed like he was about to burst into tears any minute.