—n. 1. the sixtieth part (1/60) of an hour; sixty seconds.
2. an indefinitely short space of time: Wait a minute! 3. an exact point in time; instant; moment: Come here this minute! 4. minutes, the official record of the proceedings at a meeting of a society, committee, or other group.
5. Chiefly Brit.a written summary, note, or memorandum.
6. a rough draft, as of a document.
7. Geom.the sixtieth part of a degree of angular measure, often represented by the sign ´, as in 12° 10´, which is read as 12 degrees and 10 minutes. Cf. angle1 (def. 1c).
8. up to the minute, modern; up-to-date: The building design is up to the minute.
—v.t. 1. to time exactly, as movements or speed.
2. to make a draft of (a document or the like).
3. to record in a memorandum; note down.
4. to enter in the minutes of a meeting.
—adj. prepared in a very short time: minute pudding.
Pronunciation: (mī-nOOt', -nyOOt', mi-),[key] —adj.-nut•er, -nut•est. 1. extremely small, as in size, amount, extent, or degree: minute differences. 2. of minor importance; insignificant; trifling.
3. attentive to or concerned with even the smallest details: a minute examination.