AskDefine | Define minute

Dictionary Definition

minute adj
1 infinitely or immeasurably small; "two minute whiplike threads of protoplasm"; "reduced to a microscopic scale" [syn: infinitesimal, microscopic]
2 immeasurably small [syn: atomic, atomlike]
3 characterized by painstaking care and detailed examination; "a minute inspection of the grounds"; "a narrow scrutiny"; "an exact and minute report" [syn: narrow]


1 a unit of time equal to 60 seconds or 1/60th of an hour; "he ran a 4 minute mile" [syn: min]
2 an indefinitely short time; "wait just a moment"; "it only takes a minute"; "in just a bit" [syn: moment, second, bit]
3 a particular point in time; "the moment he arrived the party began" [syn: moment, second, instant]
4 a unit of angular distance equal to a 60th of a degree [syn: arcminute, minute of arc]
5 a short note; "the secretary keeps the minutes of the meeting"
6 distance measured by the time taken to cover it; "we live an hour from the airport"; "its just 10 minutes away" [syn: hour]

User Contributed Dictionary


Pronunciation 1

  • /ˈmɪnɪt/
  • /"mInIt/
  • Rhymes: -ɪnɪt

Etymology 1

From minut (French: minute), from minuta.


  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.
Related terms
unit of time
  • Albanian: minutë
  • Arabic: (daqīqa)
  • Bosnian: minuta, minut
  • Bulgarian: минута
  • Chinese: 分鐘, 分钟 (fēn zhōng)
  • Croatian: minuta, minut
  • Czech: minuta,
  • Dutch: minuut,
  • Esperanto: minuto
  • Finnish: minuutti,
  • French: minute
  • German: Minute,
  • Greek: λεπτό
  • Hebrew: דקה (daka)
  • Hungarian: perc,
  • Icelandic: mínúta
  • Indonesian: menit,
  • Italian: minuto
  • Japanese: (ふん fun, ぷん pun)
  • Korean: (bun)
  • Lao: ນາທີ
  • Latvian: minūte
  • Lithuanian: minutė
  • Malay: minit,
  • Maltese: minuta,
  • Norwegian: minutt,
  • Ojibwe: diba'igaans
  • Polish: minuta
  • Portuguese: minuto
  • Russian: минута
  • Serbian:
    Cyrillic: минута , минут
    Roman: minuta , minut , časak
  • Slovene: minuta,
  • Spanish: minuto
  • Swedish: minut,
  • Turkish: dakika,
  • Ukrainian: хвилина (khvylyna)
  • Welsh: munud,
short but unspecified period of time
  • Dutch: minuutje, secondje,
  • Finnish: hetki, hetkinen,
  • French: minute, moment, instant
  • German: Moment,
  • Greek: στιγμή
  • Hebrew: רגע (rega) , זמן קצר
  • Icelandic: augablik, mínúta
  • Italian: attimo, momento,
  • Lithuanian: minutė, akimirka
  • Maltese: minuta,
  • Malay: sekejap,
  • Norwegian: øyeblikk
  • Polish: minuta
  • Portuguese: instante, minuto, momento
  • Russian: минута
  • Spanish: minuto, momento,
  • Swedish: ögonblick
unit of angular measure
  • Czech: minuta,
  • Dutch: minuut,
  • Esperanto: minuto
  • Finnish: minuutti,
  • French: minute
  • German: Minute,
  • Greek: μοίρα (míra)
  • Hebrew: דקת קשת
  • Latvian: minūte
  • Lithuanian: minutė
  • Norwegian: minutt,
  • Polish: minuta
  • Portuguese: minuto
  • Russian: минута
  • Slovene: minuta,
  • Spanish: minuto,
  • Swedish: minut, bågminut
record of meeting
  • Czech: zápis
  • Dutch: notulen (p)
  • Finnish: pöytäkirja
  • French: procès-verbal
  • Greek: πρωτόκολλο, καταγραφή
  • Hebrew: פרוטוקול (protokol)
  • Japanese: 議事録 (ぎじろく)
  • Malay: catatan,
  • Maltese: minuta,
  • Norwegian: protokoll,
  • Polish: protokół, notatka
  • Portuguese: ata
  • Russian: протокол
  • Swedish: protokoll,
minute of use of telephone network
  • Czech: minuta,
  • Greek: μονάδα
  • Malay: minit,
  • Polish: minuta
  • Spanish: minuto
  • Russian: минута
Translations to be checked


  1. Of an event, to write in a memo or the minutes of a meeting.
    I’ll minute this evening’s meeting.
to write

Pronunciation 2

  • /maɪˈnjuːt/
  • /maI'nju:t/
  • /mɪ'nɪt/
  • Rhymes: -njuːt, -nɪt

Etymology 2

From minutus.


  1. Very small.
    They found only minute quantities of chemical residue on his clothing.
  2. very careful and exact, giving small details.
very small
  • Catalan: menut, diminut, minúscul , menuda, diminuta, minúscula
  • Dutch: minuscuul, minuscule, onbeduidend, onbeduidende, nietig, nietige,
  • Finnish: pienenpieni,
  • French: minuscule
  • German: winzig,
  • Greek: μικροσκοπικός
  • Hebrew: זעיר (zair) (1), מפורט (meforat) (2)
  • Interlingua: minuscule, minute
  • Italian: minuscolo, minuscola, piccolissimo, piccolissima
  • Polish: malutki,
  • Portuguese: minúsculo
  • Romanian: minuscul, minusculă
  • Swedish: mycket lite, väldigt lite



From minuta.



fr-noun f


minute! (or minute papillon)
  1. let a moment!


Extensive Definition

A minute is a unit of measurement of time or of angle.


The minute is a unit of time equal to 1/60th of an hour or 60 seconds. Some rare minutes have 59 or 61 seconds; see leap second. The minute is not an SI unit, however it is accepted for use with SI units.
The symbol for minute or minutes is min.
The fact that an hour contains 60 minutes is probably due to influences from the Babylonians, who used a base-60 or sexagesimal counting system.


In geometry, the minute is a unit of angle, 1/60th of a degree. It is also known as a minute of angle or minute of arc and can further be divided into 60 seconds of arc.
The symbol for a minute of arc is a prime (′). For example, fifteen minutes could be written 15′. However, more commonly an apostrophe, or single quote (U+0027), is used.


In astronomy, the minute is a unit of angle, the minute of right ascension. It is equal to 1/60th of an hour of right ascension and can be further divided into 60 seconds of right ascension.
The symbol for a minute of right ascension is min. The Earth turns on its polar axis through fifteen minutes of arc in every minute of sidereal time. One minute of arc at the Earth's equator is approximately one nautical mile.


The first division was originally known as a "prime minute", from Latin "(pars) minuta prima", meaning "first minute (i.e. small) part (or division)" of the hour. Likewise, the second was known as a "second minute", meaning "the second small division" of the hour.


minute in Arabic: دقيقة
minute in Official Aramaic (700-300 BCE): ܕܩܝܩܐ
minute in Aymara: T'ijuqa
minute in Bengali: মিনিট
minute in Belarusian (Tarashkevitsa): Хвіліна
minute in Bosnian: Minuta
minute in Bulgarian: Минута
minute in Catalan: Minut
minute in Czech: Minuta
minute in Danish: Minut
minute in German: Minute
minute in Estonian: Minut
minute in Modern Greek (1453-): Λεπτό
minute in Spanish: Minuto
minute in Esperanto: Minuto
minute in Basque: Minutu
minute in French: Minute (temps)
minute in Western Frisian: Minút
minute in Korean: 분 (단위)
minute in Hindi: मिनट
minute in Croatian: Minuta
minute in Indonesian: Menit
minute in Icelandic: Mínúta
minute in Italian: Minuto
minute in Hebrew: דקה
minute in Georgian: წუთი
minute in Swahili (macrolanguage): Dakika
minute in Haitian: Minit
minute in Latin: Minutum
minute in Latvian: Minūte
minute in Luxembourgish: Minutt
minute in Lithuanian: Minutė
minute in Lingala: Monúti
minute in Hungarian: Perc
minute in Malay (macrolanguage): Minit
minute in Dutch: Minuut (tijd)
minute in Japanese: 分
minute in Norwegian: Minutt
minute in Norwegian Nynorsk: Minutt
minute in Low German: Minuut
minute in Polish: Minuta
minute in Portuguese: Minuto
minute in Kölsch: Menutt (Zigk)
minute in Romanian: Minut
minute in Quechua: Minutu
minute in Russian: Минута
minute in Albanian: Minuta
minute in Sicilian: Minutu
minute in Simple English: Minute
minute in Slovak: Minúta
minute in Slovenian: Minuta
minute in Serbian: Минут
minute in Finnish: Minuutti
minute in Swedish: Minut
minute in Tamil: மணித்துளி
minute in Thai: นาที
minute in Vietnamese: Phút
minute in Tajik: Дақиқа
minute in Turkish: Dakika
minute in Ukrainian: Хвилина
minute in Yiddish: מינוט
minute in Chinese: 分鐘

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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