From King Dictionary of Contemporary English
Related topics: Measurement, Maths
minutemin‧ute1 /ˈmɪnət/ ●●● S1 W1 noun [countable] 1 timeTMHM a unit for measuring time. There are 60 minutes in one hour It takes me ten minutes to walk to work. The train arrived at four minutes past eight. He returned a few minutes later. I’ll meet you at the car in five minutes.a one/two/three etc minute something a ten-minute bus ride2 the last minute3 by the minute4 love/enjoy/hate etc every minute (of something)5 within minutes6 a minuteSPOKEN PHRASES7 in a minute8 wait a minute/just a minute/hold on a minute/hang on a minute9 (at) any minute (now)10 have you got a minute?11 the minute (that) somebody does something12 not think/believe etc for one minute13 this minute14 the next minute15 one minute ... the next (minute) ...16 minutes17 HMmathematics technical one of the 60 parts into which a degree of an angle is divided. It can be shown as a symbol after a number. For example, 78° 52' means 78 degrees 52 minutes. up-to-the-minute
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minuteThe power went out for about 15 minutes.It takes them a minute to realize they are not going to be screamed at.Five minutes later she came up to my room.In fact it is not quite half-an-hour - the journey usually takes twenty-four minutes, but Vic wishes it were longer.Give me a couple of minutes, will you?Set the wok over high heat for one minute.I sat down at my drawing table for just one minute.In some cases, 10 per minute may be higher than the going daytime rate offered by competitors.Seven minutes into the game at Barnsley.It takes Paula about three minutes to swim a lap.a one/two/three etc minute somethingSome of the rooms are about a two minute walk away in the Loutrouvia annexe.The Rose is situated in a quiet yet central position, about a three minute walk from the main street.After a two minute exposure to acid, the perfusion was resumed for a further 90 minute period.One of the bonuses of being Magazine Editor is that you get a three minute Pastoral visit once a month.Various airline industry estimates suggest that a one minute delay in scheduled aircraft departure costs between £130 and £750.The bed and breakfast houses are within a three minute walk; the evening meal is served in the Strass.
minutemi‧nute2 /maɪˈnjuːt $ -ˈnuːt/ ●○○ adjective 1 SMALLextremely small You only need a minute amount. Her handwriting is minute.see thesaurus at small2 CAREFULpaying careful attention to the smallest details SYN meticulous a minute examination of the rock He explained the plan in minute detail.minutely adverb She studied the letter minutely.
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minuteOnly minute amounts of the chemical were found in the water supply.The equipment records minute changes in air pressure.The substance is so toxic that even a minute dose of it could be fatal.The print was so minute I nearly went blind reading it.The problem was caused by minute particles of dust getting in the disk drive.We used a microscope to look at the minute plant forms.minute scutinyHer writing's so minute that it's difficult to read.Police found minute traces of blood on the car seats.in minute detailHe remembers everything in minute detail.Neither was I told to examine in minute detail, every blade of grass that my kit was to come in contact with.Hence the numerous child abuse inquiries which have scrutinised, in minute detail, the actions of the professionals involved.I carefully examined every photograph in minute detail through a magnifying glass so as not to miss a thing.
minutemin‧ute3 /ˈmɪnət/ verb [transitive] especially British EnglishWRITE to make an official note of something in the record of a meeting This discussion is off the record and should not be minuted.→ See Verb tableFrom King Business Dictionaryminutemin‧ute1 /ˈmɪnət/ noun1minutes [plural] an official written record of what is said and decided at a meetingThe minutes of the last AGM were read.Will someone take the minutes? (=write down what is said)2[countable] a short official note that gives authority for something or that records a decisiona Treasury minute dated 2nd DecemberWe attach a certified copy of a Board minute authorising the signature of this letter.minuteminute2 verb [transitive] to make a written record of something in the minutes of a meetingThe board’s decision was formally minuted.You’d better minute that point.→ See Verb tableOrigin minute1 (1300-1400) Old French Medieval Latin minuta, from pars minuta prima first small part, one sixtieth of a unit, from Latin minutus; MINUTE2 minute2 (1600-1700) Latin minutus, from minuere to make smaller