The Minute is a unit of time or angle. As a unit of time, the Minute is most of times equal to 1⁄60 (the first sexagesimal fraction) of an hour, or 60 seconds. In the UTC time standard, a minute on rare occasions has 61 seconds, a consequence of leap seconds (there is a provision to insert a negative leap second, which would result in a 59-second minute, but this has never happened in more than 40 years under this system). As a unit of angle, the minute of arc is equal to 1⁄60 of a degree, or 60 seconds (of arc). Although not an SI unit for either time or angle, the minute is accepted for use with SI units for both. The SI symbols for minute or minutes are min for time measurement, and the prime symbol after a number, e.g. 5′, for angle measurement. The prime is also sometimes used informally to denote minutes of time.
Not large or big; insignificant; few in number.
“A small serving of ice cream.”
“A small group.”
“He made us all feel small.”
Young, as a child.
“Remember when the children were small?”
Minuscule or lowercase, referring to written letters.
Envincing little worth or ability; not large-minded; paltry; mean.
Not prolonged in duration; not extended in time; short.
“a small space of time”
In a small fashion.
In or into small pieces.
To a small extent.
Any part of something that is smaller or slimmer than the rest, now usually with anatomical reference to the back.
To make little or less.
To become small; to dwindle.
A unit of time equal to sixty seconds (one-sixtieth of an hour).
“You have twenty minutes to complete the test.”
A short but unspecified time period.
“Wait a minute, I’m not ready yet!”
A unit of angle equal to one-sixtieth of a degree.
“We need to be sure these maps are accurate to within one minute of arc.”
“minute of arc”
A (usually formal) written record of a meeting or a part of a meeting.
“Let’s look at the minutes of last week’s meeting.”
A unit of purchase on a telephone or other network, especially a cell phone network, roughly equivalent in gross form to sixty seconds’ use of the network.
“If you buy this phone, you’ll get 100 free minutes.”
A point in time; a moment.
A nautical or a geographic mile.
An old coin, a half farthing.
A very small part of anything, or anything very small; a jot; a whit.
A fixed part of a module.
A while or a long unspecified period of time
“Oh, I ain’t heard that song in a minute!”
Of an event, to write in a memo or the minutes of a meeting.
“I’ll minute this evening’s meeting.”
To set down a short sketch or note of; to jot down; to make a minute or a brief summary of.
“They found only minute quantities of chemical residue on his clothing.”
Very careful and exact, giving small details.
“The lawyer gave the witness a minute examination.”