- 1A period of time equal to sixty seconds or a sixtieth of an hour: we waited for twenty minutes I’ll be there in ten minutes' timeMore example sentences
- Use different units: months, weeks and days, even hours, minutes and seconds.
- Keighley had to play the first ten minutes of the second period with only 14 men.
- Gavin Chapman came in with an overall time of four hours, twenty five minutes and nine seconds.
- 1.1The distance covered in a minute by someone driving or walking: the hotel is situated just ten minutes from the centre of the resortMore example sentences
- If you're prepared to walk a few minutes from the harbour, car parking is free.
- This house is within walking distance of the city centre, a few minutes from Herbert Park.
- No young child should have to attend a primary school 45 minutes walking distance away.
- 1.2 • informal A very short time: come and sit down for a minuteMore example sentences
- Think about the bit in the brackets for a minute.
- Well, let's get to Mohamed Atta for a minute because you mentioned him as well.
- And then, once they'd turned their backs for a minute to do something else, we could see my pizza catch fire and eventually blacken to a cinder.
- 1.3A point in time: she was laughing one minute and crying the nextMore example sentences
- It is amazing that your life can turn in an instant, one minute enjoying a social event, the next lying face down in the gutter, or in a cell somewhere.
- One minute you're angry and the next minute you're happy.
- 2 (also arc minute or minute of arc) A sixtieth of a degree of angular measurement (symbol: ʹ): Delta Lyrae is a double star with a separation of over 10 minutes of arcMore example sentences
- To have any chance of affecting a pilot's vision, a would-be terrorist would have to be capable of keeping the beam pointed to an accuracy of 3 minutes of arc, one-tenth the diameter of a Full Moon.
- He had just invented a new instrument: a prototype sextant with arms nearly six feet in length and a scale graduated to single minutes of arc.
- But Kepler found a discrepancy of eight minutes of arc between the observed and predicted positions of the planet.
any minute (or at any minute)
- Very soon: a fight seemed likely to break out at any minuteMore example sentences
very soon, in a moment, in a second, in a trice, in a flash, shortly, any minute, any minute now, in a short time, in an instant, in the twinkling of an eye, in (less than) no time, in no time at all, before you know it, before long; North American momentarily• informal in a jiffy, in a nanosecond, in two shakes, in two shakes of a lamb's tail, in the blink of an eye, in a blink, in the wink of an eye, in a wink, before you can say Jack Robinson, before you can say knifeBritish • informal in a tick, in a mo, in two ticksNorth American • informal in a snap• archaic or • informal anon• archaic ere long
- The doorbell will ring any minute, and soon the sockeye and I will be fork-tender.
- He started moving the books from the old, cheap shelves, which were threatening to break again at any minute.
- There he was, hanging by one arm to a rock that looked ready to break off at any minute.
at the minute
- British • informal At the present time: I’ve got things on my mind at the minuteMore example sentences
- The site isn't up to much at the minute - mind, nor is BT's ADSL service - so the two are in good company.
- Low borrowing rates and the absence of currency risks favours Europe at the minute.
- James added: ‘We are discussing middle names at the minute and Jacqui and Jeanette have cropped up.’
by the minute
- Very rapidly: matters grew worse by the minuteMore example sentences
- The chances of getting back will grow dimmer by the minute.
- The tempo of the game dropped as a result and Shelbourne grew more comfortable by the minute.
- The consistency with which Celtic confound expectation grows more remarkable by the minute.
just (or wait) a minute
- 1Used as a request to delay an action or decision for a short time: wait a minute—I have to put my make-up onMore example sentences
- He stripped from his waist up, put on a black face, did about 20 minutes of the show and then said, wait a minute.
- Wait a minute - I have to go back and make sure that's what I actually saw.
- 2Used as a prelude to a query or objection: wait a minute—that just isn’t trueMore example sentences
- Wait a minute, wait a minute, doesn't BET also air a show called Comic View where on any given day any comedian could have two or three Michael Jackson jokes?
- The less money you make - wait a minute, wait a minute - the less money you make, the less taxes you pay.
- And I thought about it for a minute and said, wait a minute, there's a lot to be thankful for.
the minute (or the minute that)
- As soon as: let me know the minute he returnsMore example sentences
- I regretted it all from the minute I saw it in the mirror until the minute it had fully grown back.
- But, the minute Doc put pen to paper, it became politicised in the way that he frames and describes it.
- Most sows are sent to the slaughter house the minute they can't reproduce babies.
not for a minute
- Not at all: he didn’t fool me for a minuteMore example sentences
- And that would not surprise me in the least, not for a minute.
- That's not for a minute to assert that those without savings are in any way lesser parents, or that families that scrimp and save do not provide warm and loving homes.
- I've certainly never resented all the training, not for a minute.
this minute (or this very minute) • informal
- 1At once; immediately: pull yourself together this minuteMore example sentences
- You had better straighten up right this minute or you'll go to bed without dinner.
- I'm coming up to check this minute - switch that computer off immediately!
- As Sara Cox said this morning: ‘JJ72, stop making all that pop music racket upstairs in your bedroom and come down here this minute… your tea's getting cold!’
- 2British Only a short while ago: I’ve just this minute got back homeMore example sentences
- Ah, but don't worry, I've just this minute received an email from the landlord in Ireland who has authorised me to send round an electrician.
- I have just this minute signed the contract and it is now on the way to the solicitors.
- I just this minute blagged my way into an informal meeting tomorrow with the MD of a company I'd love to work for; it's in the business services sector.
late Middle English: via Old French from late Latin minuta, feminine (used as a noun) of minutus 'made small'. The senses 'period of sixty seconds' and 'sixtieth of a degree' derive from medieval Latin pars minuta prima 'first minute part'.
- 1Extremely small: minute particlesMore example sentences
tiny, minuscule, microscopic, nanoscopic, very small, little, micro, diminutive, miniature, baby, toy, midget, dwarf, pygmy, Lilliputian; Scottish wee• informal teeny, teeny-weeny, teensy, teensy-weensy, weeny, itsy-bitsy, itty-bitty, eensy, eensy-weensy, tiddly, pint-sized, bite-sized, knee-high to a grasshopperBritish • informal titchyNorth American • informal little-bitty
- Resuscitation may have dislodged it and allowed minute food particles to pass into the lower respiratory tract.
- Nothing whatsoever, not even the most minute particle, exists independently or permanently on its own.
- Saudi Arabia has more Red Sea coastline than any other nation, yet only a minute fraction is accessible to divers.
- 1.1So small as to be insignificant: he will have no more than a minute chance of exercising influenceMore example sentences
- In some places this process was for a time so minute and insignificant that it escaped detection.
- Manchester United matched the form of Chelsea for the majority of that period, keeping them in with a minute chance of overtaking them in the title race.
- I know far too many bits of minute trivia having to do with the Star Trek series and films.
- 1.2(Of an investigation or account) taking the smallest points into consideration; precise and meticulous: a minute examination of the islandsMore example sentences
- His winning is no longer a story, his losing guarantees him a hard time and minute analysis of everything from his serve to his choice of coach.
- The small percipient eyes are screwed up, and wrinkled from his repeated minute scrutinies.
- The pair had camped in the video room for most of the night, watching the security tapes with minute scrutiny.
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- John Stuart Mill remarked that Grote's History was written ‘with the precision and minuteness of one who neither desires nor expects that anything will be taken upon trust’.
- In technical perfection and minuteness of detail, Sánchez Coello's courtly portraits are comparable to those of the best contemporary Netherlandish masters.
- The minuteness of detail, especially in early accounts, indicates that this suggestion must have been seen as a real threat.
late Middle English (in the sense 'lesser', with reference to a tithe or tax): from Latin minutus 'lessened', past participle of minuere.
- 1 (minutes) A summarized record of the proceedings at a meeting: Pat is taking the minutesMore example sentences
- The only written record are the minutes of the meeting taken by Mr Wilson.
- The minutes of the meeting record a two-minute silence, followed by a motion to close.
- Secretary has the normal secretarial work of convening meetings and recording minutes.
- 2An official memorandum authorizing or recommending a course of action.More example sentences
- An office minute recommending dissolution of this forum to take effect from early April 2007 is being drafted for Second Commissioner approval.
- It is suggested that all the trustees unanimously sign the Financial Statements, or unanimously sign a Minute authorizing an individual to sign the Financial Statements on behalf of the trust.
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- 1Record (the proceedings of a meeting): the Secretary shall minute the proceedings of each meetingMore example sentences
- Incredibly, not a single meeting is minuted, and no recordings are made.
- As the meeting was not minuted, I wrote a letter to you after this meeting to ensure that there would be no misunderstanding.
- I don't recall who asked the question, or if the meeting was properly minuted, but the response was that the traffic model showed that Staverton would be a ‘pinch-point somewhere that drivers would avoid’.
- 2Send a memorandum to (someone): look up the case and minute me about itMore example sentences
- Private Secretary minuted me on 31 May to say that the Minister was sure this was the right approach.
- Strangely enough, my executive minuted me that it was very upset about that, but it did not do a great deal about it.
late Middle English (in the singular in the sense 'note or memorandum'): from French minute, from the notion of a rough copy in ‘small writing’ (Latin scriptura minuta) as distinct from the fair copy in book hand. The verb dates from the mid 16th century.