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Minute appears in the following tongue twisters:

  • midget minute
  • What to do to die today at a minute or two to two. A terribly difficult thing to say and a harder thing to do. A dragon will come and beat his drum Ra-ta-ta-ta-ta-ta-ta-ta-too at a minute or two to two today. At a minute or two to two.

Usage statistics for the noun minute:

spoken English66.11%written English33.89% conversational speech58.42%task-oriented speech41.58% imaginative writing64.79%informational writing35.21%
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The word minute is considered to be an easy one, according to the Dale-Chall word list, which includes 3000 words that all fourth-grade American students should know and understand.

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Definition of the noun minute

What does minute mean as a name of something?

Minute is one of the top 1000 most common nouns in the English language.View more statistics!

noun - plural: minutes

  1. a unit of time equal to 60 seconds or 1/60th of an hour
    • example: he ran a 4 minute mile
    • lexical domain: Time - nouns denoting time and temporal relations
    • synonym of minute: min
    • more generic terms: time unit / unit of time = a unit for measuring time periods
    • part of: 60 minutes / hour / hr = a period of time equal to 1/24th of a day
    • part: second / sec / s = 1/60 of a minute
  2. an indefinitely short time
  3. a particular point in time
  4. a unit of angular distance equal to a 60th of a degree
  5. a short note
    • example: the secretary keeps the minutes of the meeting
    • lexical domain: Communicative Processes - nouns denoting communicative processes and contents
    • more generic word: note = a brief written record
  6. distance measured by the time taken to cover it
    • example: its just 10 minutes away
    • lexical domain: Attributes - nouns denoting attributes of people and objects
    • synonym of minute: hour
    • more generic word: distance = the property created by the space between two objects or points

Alternative definition of the noun minute


  1. A unit of time equal to sixty seconds (one-sixtieth of an hour).
  2. A short but unspecified time period.
  3. A unit of angle equal to one-sixtieth of a degree.
  4. (in plural 'minutes') A (usually formal) written record of a meeting.
  5. A minute of use of a telephone or other network, especially a cell phone network.

Definition of the adjective minute

What does minute mean as an attribute of a noun?

Minute is one of the top 1000 most common adjectives in the English language.

adjective - degrees: more minute / minuter | most minute / minutest

  1. infinitely or immeasurably small
  2. characterized by painstaking care and detailed examination
    • examples: a minute inspection of the grounds | an exact and minute report
    • synonym of minute: narrow
    • similar: careful

Alternative definition of the adjective minute


  1. Very small.
  2. very careful and exact, giving small details.


  1. "Minute" is a composition, cataloged instance.
  2. "Minute" is a musical album of Inkling.
  3. "Minute" is a musical album of Kala.
    • released in (7 years ago)


  1. Minute is a weekly newspaper, initially right-wing but now far-right, circulated in France since 1962. Its editorial position is satirical and conservative. According to figures provided by the paper's management, it had a circulation of 40,000 copies a week in 2006.
  2. Minute: A minute is a unit of time in a basketball game. There are forty-eight minutes in each NBA basketball game.
  3. The minute of the match the timeout was issued.

Phrases with Minute

Phrases starting with the word Minute:

  1. Minute Gem
  2. minute gun
  3. minute book
  4. minute hand
  5. Minute Shrew
  6. minute steak
  7. Minute Caecum
  8. Minute Hermit
  9. Minute Limops
  10. minute of arc
  11. Minute Turton

Phrases ending with the word Minute:

  1. In a Minute
  2. last minute
  3. last-minute
  4. This minute
  5. light minute
  6. ampere-minute
  7. counts/minute
  8. Just a Minute
  9. Mile-a-Minute

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Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Minute

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Google previewA Cultural Journey through the English Lexicon (2011)

by Roberta Facchinetti

Last minute (15, 0.98ε) – Ultimo minuto (1, 0.06ε) Recently the compound adjective last minute (in Italian spelt as two words or a solid compound, as opposed to English, where it is usually hyphenated) has become quite current and popular to ...

Google previewA Dictionary of Scientific Units (2013)

Including dimensionless numbers and scales by H. G. Jerrard

The nautical mile is the average meridian length of 1 minute of latitude. The British Admiralty and Mercantile marine until recently used the 6080 ft nautical mile (1 minute of arc at 48° latitude) but now in agreement with ...

Google previewDictionary of Entomology, Plant Pathology and Nematology (1998)

by O. P. Singh, S. K. Srivastava

Microtrichia - Minute non-movable hairs formed from the cuticle, (ii) Spines - Similar but thicker and stronger, (iii) ...

Google previewA Blake Dictionary (2013)

The Ideas and Symbols of William Blake by S. Foster Damon

"Every Minute Particular is Holy” (J 69: 42). "The Oak dies as well as the Lettuce, but Its Eternal Image 8c Individuality never dies, but renews by its seed . . . There Exist in [the] Eternal World the Permanent Realities of Every Thing which we see ...

Google previewEncyclopaedia Perthensis, Or, Universal Dictionary of the Arts, Sciences, Literature, Etc. : Intended to Supersede the Use of Other Books of Reference (1816)

MINUTE. adj. (minutus, Latin.] Small; little; slender; small in bulk; small in consequence. Some minute philosophers pretend, That with our days our pains and pleasures end. JDenham. —Such an universal superintendancy has the eye and ...

Google previewPolymer Technology Dictionary (2012)

by A. Whelan

Feet per minute Feet per minute Feet per minute Feet per second Feet per second ...

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Usage statistics about minute

The following statistics are based on the British National Corpus, so they are representative for the British English from the later part of the 20th century, both spoken and written.

Usage statistics for the noun minute:

spoken English66.11%written English33.89% conversational speech58.42%task-oriented speech41.58% imaginative writing64.79%informational writing35.21%

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Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the adjective minute:


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Quotes about Minute

In a minute there is time for decision and revisions that a minute will reverse. (T.S. Eliot)
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Scrabble value of M3I1N1U1T1E1

The value of this 6-letter word is 8 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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