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English

Etymology 1

From Old French minut, from Mediaeval Latin minuta (60th of an hour", "note)

Pronunciation

Noun

Singular
minute

Plural
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  1. A unit of time equal to sixty seconds and one-sixtieth of an hour.
    You have twenty minutes to complete the test.
  2. A short but unspecified time period.
    Wait a minute, I’m not ready yet!
  3. 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.
  4. (in plural minutes) A (usually formal) written record of a meeting.
    Let’s look at the minutes of last week’s meeting.
  5. A minute of use of a telephone or other network, especially a cell phone network.
    If you buy this phone, you’ll get 100 free minutes.
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Verb

Infinitive
to minute

Third person singular
minut

Simple past
-

Past participle
-

Present participle
ing

to minute (third-person singular simple present minut, present participle ing, simple past and past participle -)
  1. (transitive) Of an event, to write in a memo or the minutes of a meeting.
    I’ll minute this evening’s meeting.
    • 1995, Edmund Dell, The Schuman Plan and the British Abdication of Leadership in Europe [1]
      On 17 November 1949 Jay minuted Cripps, arguing that trade liberalization on inessentials was socially regressive.
    • 1996, Peter Hinchliffe, The Other Battle [2]
      The Commander-in-Chief of Bomber Command, Sir Richard Peirse, was sceptical of its findings, minuting, ‘I don’t think at this rate we could have hoped to produce the damage which is known to have been achieved.’
    • 2003, David Roberts, Four Against the Arctic [3]
      [...] Mr. Klingstadt, chief Auditor of the Admiralty of that city, sent for and examined them very particularly concerning the events which had befallen them; minuting down their answers in writing, with an intention of publishing himself an account of their extraordinary adventures.
Translations

Etymology 2

From [[w:Template:lang:la language|Template:lang:la]][[Category:Template:lang:la derivations]] minūtus (small", "petty), past participle of minuo (make smaller)

Pronunciation

Adjective

minute (comparative minut, superlative er)

Positive
minute

Comparative
minut

Superlative
er

  1. Very small.
    They found only minute quantities of chemical residue on his clothing.
  2. very careful and exact, giving small details.
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French

Etymology

From Mediaeval Latin minuta

Pronunciation

Noun

minute f. (plural minutes)

  1. minute

Interjection

minute (or minute papillon)

  1. let a moment!

Italian

Adjective

minute (feminine plural)[[Category:Template:lang:it adjective forms|minute]]

  1. Feminine plural form of minuto. tiny, minute; fine, delicate, detailed

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