- 1Lesser in importance, seriousness, or significance: minor alterationsMore example sentences
slight, small; unimportant, insignificant, inconsequential, inconsiderable, subsidiary, negligible, trivial, trifling, paltry, petty, nickel-and-dimede minimisunknown, lesser, unimportant, insignificant, obscure, minor-league
- It was not easy to find people to mend your shoes, repair your broken zipper or anything else that might be of minor importance but that is necessary for daily life.
- Several minor incidents of little significance are included.
- Against this kind of background, the Northern Ireland situation is of much more minor importance.
- 2 Music (Of a scale) having intervals of a semitone between the second and third degrees, and (usually) the fifth and sixth, and the seventh and eighth. Contrasted with major.More example sentences
- Yet by bar 3, where the two basic scale-motifs are concatenated to form five notes of an A minor scale, the tonality is in doubt.
- The fingering chart provided on page 111 fails to identify the minor scale form being illustrated.
- 2.1(Of an interval) characteristic of a minor scale and less by a semitone than the equivalent major interval. Compare with diminished.More example sentences
- If a major interval is made a half step smaller without changing its numerical name, it becomes a minor interval.
- Diminished intervals are created when a perfect or minor interval is made one half step smaller and the interval number is not changed.
- 2.2 [usually postpositive] (Of a key or mode) based on a minor scale, tending to produce a sad or pensive effect: Concerto in A minorMore example sentences
- I think it's just that I like to compose in minor keys.
- The touching ‘Don't Let Her Know She's An Angel’ combines Wilson's epic sentimentality with soft minor keys.
- All three movements use fairly melodic material, all in minor keys.
- 3 Logic (Of a term) occurring as the subject of the conclusion of a categorical syllogism.More example sentences
- where P, S, and M are the major, minor, and middle terms of the syllogism.
- 3.1(Of a premise) containing the minor term in a categorical syllogism.More example sentences
- Notice that the minor premise of the syllogism above is only marginally contingent upon historical analysis.
- In most cases, it identifies the conclusion that is to be accepted and then goes on to identify what it to be argued for (the minor premise).
- You have to make out a major premise in this case and there is also a question as to even if you make out your major premise whether or not the minor premise is made out, given the various facts to which I referred you.
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- 1A person under the age of full legal responsibility.More example sentences
- It may be now legal for minors to donate to campaigns, but I believe there is a requirement that the donors' names over a minimum amount be reported, is there not?
- Yet, four centuries on, we are told that smoking among minors, especially young girls, is on the increase.
- The committee was concerned about removing existing legal protections for minors if they enter into a de facto relationship.
- 2 Music A minor key, interval, or scale.More example sentences
- Yet he will conjure a few bars in the minor where possible and darken textures by shunting to the subdominant.
- Themes initially stated in the major mode recur more strongly in the minor.
- Each major key is followed by its parallel minor.
- 2.1 (Minor) Bell-ringing A system of change-ringing using six bells.More example sentences
- Other terms for even numbers of bells include Minor (6 bells), Major (8 bells), Royal (10 bells) and Maximus (12 bells).
- We ring whatever people ask for including Stedman Doubles, Crayford Minor and Norwich Surprise Minor.
- 3 (the minors) North American The minor leagues in a particular professional sport, especially baseball: he’s been pitching in the minors for six yearsMore example sentences
- You'll never find perfect baseball in the minors, but stories from Miguel Cabrera to Bucky Jacobsen are enough for me.
- From 1988 through 1991, Schilling had split time between the minors and the major leagues in each of those seasons.
- Bragan's managerial ingenuity in confronting umpires was almost unlimited, both in the major leagues and the minors.
- 4North American A college student’s subsidiary subject or area of concentration: a minor in American Indian studiesMore example sentences
- He chose a philosophy minor, and several courses in classics as electives.
- I have a bachelor's degree in education with an art minor from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.
- The theme school concept could easily develop into a collegiate minor.
- 5 Logic A minor term or premise.More example sentences
- I prove the minor, because your father is known by you and your father is the one approaching; hence, the one approaching is known by you.
- This is called the fallacy of the illicit minor.
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- Study or qualify in as a subsidiary subject at college or university.More example sentences
- As a young brother, I majored in biology and minored in religious studies at St. Mary's College, Moraga, California.
- I too, am Native American of the Cherokee tribe and I minored in Native American studies in college.
- Koehler has provided outstanding leadership in presenting graduate courses to students majoring and minoring in statistics.
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- (Especially of a literary work) understated.More example sentences
- It is a minor film in a minor key, but it is helped immeasurably by one thing - the role of Mina is played by Carole Bouquet.
- The real trouble is a plot line from Middle Earth via the New Age that features our questing hero Tommy Matisse (the artist, get it?), well played in a minor key by Dan Spielman as a star composer at the Royal Academy of Music.
- If ever a film was composed in a minor key, it is this beautiful and sad movie from the Turkish director Nuri Bilge Ceylan, which simply floats like a helium balloon above the middling mainstreamers that have rolled up this week.
Middle English: from Latin, 'smaller, less'; related to minuere 'lessen'. The term originally denoted a Franciscan friar, suggested by the Latin name Fratres Minores ( 'Lesser Brethren'), chosen by St. Francis for the order.