minority

Definitions

  • Minor Canon Row: Rochester
    Minor Canon Row: Rochester
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n minority being or relating to the smaller in number of two parts "when the vote was taken they were in the minority","he held a minority position"
    • n minority a group of people who differ racially or politically from a larger group of which it is a part
    • n minority any age prior to the legal age
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Coast of Asia Minor Coast of Asia Minor

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Baseball's National League was born in 1876. Eight competing baseball teams met in New York City's Grand Central Hotel. The first president of the new league was Morgan Gardner Bulkeley, who later became a US Senator. The eight original cities with teams were: Boston, Chicago, Cincinnati, New York, Philadelphia, St. Louis, Louisville and Hartford. Two of the original teams are now in the American League (Boston and New York) while Louisville and Hartford are now minor-league baseball towns.
    • Minority State of being less or small.
    • Minority The smaller number; -- opposed to majority; as, the minority must be ruled by the majority.
    • Minority The state of being a minor, or under age.
    • Minority Those members of a legislature that belong to the political party which is in the minority in that institution; as, the bill will pass even if the minority are strongly opposed.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: From the Middle Ages up until the end of the 19th century, barbers performed a number of medical duties including bloodletting, wound treatment, dentistry, minor operations and bone-setting. The barber's striped red pole originated in the Middle Ages, when it was a staff the patient would grip while the barber bled the patient.
    • n minority The state of being minor or smaller.
    • n minority The minor part in number; the smaller of two aggregates into which a whole is divided numerically; a number less than half: opposed to majority.
    • n minority Specifically The smaller of two related aggregates of persons; the minor division of any whole number of persons: as, the rights of the minority; government by minorities.
    • n minority The state of being a minor or not come of age, and therefore legally incapacitated for the performance of certain acts; the period or interval before one is of full age, generally the period from birth until twenty-one years of age (see age, 3); in Scots law, the interval between pupilarity and majority. See minor, n., 1.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Minors in Kansas City, Missouri, are not allowed to purchase cap pistols; they may buy shotguns freely, however.
    • n Minority the state of being under age (also Mī′norship): the smaller of two parts of a number: a number less than half:—opp. to Majority
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Quotations

  • Gaston Bachelard
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    “Even a minor event in the life of a child is an event of that child's world and thus a world event.”
  • Edward Norman
    Edward Norman
    “Many are called but few are chosen. There are sayings of Christ which suggest that the Church he came to establish will always be a minority affair.”
  • Ralph W. Stockman
    Ralph W. Stockman
    “The test of tolerance comes when we are in a majority; the test of courage comes when we are in a minority.”
  • Latin Proverb
    Latin Proverb
    “Beware the tyranny of the minority.”
  • Leonard H. Robbins
    Leonard H. Robbins
    “How a minority, reaching majority, seizing authority, hates a minority!”
  • Dr. Richard Selzer
    Dr. Richard Selzer
    “A minor operation is one that is done on someone else”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. F. minorité,. See Minor (a. & n.)
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L., neut. minus.

Usage

In literature:

Yet we found ourselves convinced that it would prove minor and unsatisfactory.
"Musical Portraits" by Paul Rosenfeld
In the old world the oppressive minorities have usually been hereditary or ecclesiastical interests.
"The Arena" by Various
The "Montanists" outside of Asia Minor acknowledged to the fullest extent the legal position of the great Church.
"History of Dogma, Volume 2 (of 7)" by Adolph Harnack
Mass in B minor, 1732-1738.
"Story-Lives of Great Musicians" by Francis Jameson Rowbotham
In case of a minority or an interregnum, a regency of three persons is appointed.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 4, Part 4" by Various
I found it when I came across five mazurkas in the key of C-sharp minor.
"Old Fogy" by James Huneker
But if her acting was only the minor aim, then her life was thoroughly noble as well as successful.
"Girls and Women" by Harriet E. Paine (AKA E. Chester}
That's my chance to make Scholar of Medicine, Steve, if I can come up with an answer to one of the minor questions.
"Highways in Hiding" by George Oliver Smith
A minor could not go into a store and buy six overcoats and bind himself to pay for them.
"Up To Date Business" by Various
The Minor Gods in the Period of Hammurabi 171 XI.
"The Religion of Babylonia and Assyria" by Morris Jastrow
They also appoint to the Minor Canonries and other offices connected with the Cathedral.
"Ely Cathedral" by Anonymous
All have republican forms of government, differing in only minor details.
"The Governments of Europe" by Frederic Austin Ogg
This youth evidently knew what was what at Fellsgarth; and a further glance at him convinced Fisher minor that he had met him in a good hour.
"The Cock-House at Fellsgarth" by Talbot Baines Reed
The Plaster Cast; Or Septimus Minor's Million.
"Boycotted" by Talbot Baines Reed
The minor subcastes, mainly formed by migration, vary greatly in different provinces.
"The Tribes and Castes of the Central Provinces of India" by R. V. Russell
Two Maurys and three Minors from Charlottesville.
"The Story of a Cannoneer Under Stonewall Jackson" by Edward A. Moore
Directly after the fall of the republic a second divinity from Asia Minor, closely related to the Great Mother, became established in the capital.
"The Oriental Religions in Roman Paganism" by Franz Cumont
Valens restored Bulgaria to the position of a wholly Roman province, even the Gothic Minores being driven across the Danube.
"Bulgaria" by Frank Fox
The Sonatas in B flat minor and B minor are "awful examples" for academic theorists.
"Unicorns" by James Huneker
In 203 he was in Rome, where he held some minor posts.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 13, Slice 4" by Various
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In poetry:

His hair was weedy, his beard was long,
And weedy and long was he,
And I heard this wight on the shore recite,
In a singular minor key:
"The Yarn of the Nancy Bell" by William Schwenck Gilbert
A song that mingled joy and pain,
And memories old and sadly sweet;
While, timing to its minor strain,
The waves in lapsing cadence beat.
"A Sea Dream" by John Greenleaf Whittier
One has a song that is free and strong;
But the music he writes is minor;
And the sad, sad strain is replete with pain,
And the singer becomes a repiner.
"Our Lives" by Ella Wheeler Wilcox
Yea! bring it, and sing it -- a worded moan
That sweeps thro' the minors of woe,
With mystical meanings in every tone,
And sounds like the sea's lone flow.
"A Song" by Abram Joseph Ryan
Ah, Minto, thou of that minority
Wert man of men--we had deep need of thee!
Had Heaven a deeper? Did the heavenly Chair
Of Earthly Love wait empty for thee there?
"Professor Minto" by Richard Le Gallienne
Let no man shrink from the bitter tonics
Of grief, and yearning, and need, and strife,
For the rarest chords in the soul's harmonies,
Are found in the minor strains of life.
"Life's Harmonies" by Ella Wheeler Wilcox

In news:

Mark Dayton speaks to the media regarding a supposed secret agreement on the stadium between the Vikings and the Republicans as House Minority Leader Paul Thissen, far left, Senate Minority Leader Tom Bakk and Minneapolis Mayor R.T.
Still dealing with the off-screen drama that led to major changes on "Community," the actor explained his minor rivalry with the comedy legend.
The federal program for minority students faces $10 million cut.
The Major and the Minor.
Minority Business Breakfast ColoradoBiz is proud to present the 15th Annual Minority Business Breakfast.
The Hillsboro City Council on Tuesday delayed voting on several proposals that would bring the city closer to bringing Single A minor-league professional baseball to its Gordon Faber Recreational Complex.
John is the only minor basilicas in the diocese and one of just 74 in the US, said parish president George Mangus.
Angels batboy goes from minors to Anaheim.
A fervent (and minority) defender of Oscar Wilde during that playwright's gory public dismantling.
House Minority Leader John A Boehner (Ohio), left, and Minority Whip Eric Cantor (Va.).
Joba Chamberlain threw a bullpen Sunday in Tampa and will pitch in a fifth minor league rehab game tomorrow night for Tampa (Single-A) if there isn't a physical problem.
Expect high surf, rip currents,minor beach erosion and wind locally in Sandy's wake.
The presidential election showed more minorities participated in the voting process.
2 in F Minor for Piano and Orchestra with 60 or so bars of orchestral introduction.
Robert Fitzgerald Receives SBA 2012 Virginia Minority Small Business Person of the Year Award bosh -sba-va-minority-award.
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In science:

Indeed, by a result of Halin [56, 35] every graph G with an end of infinite vertex-degree contains the half-grid N × Z as a minor, and similarly every graph with an end of large enough finite vertex-degree contains an n × N grid (and hence any given finite planar graph) as a minor.
Locally finite graphs with ends: a topological approach
In the limit when the minority species is much more massive than the ma jority one, we show that the minority species may be treated as static impurities and the problem can be solved in closed form.
Clock shifts in a Fermi gas interacting with a minority component: a soluble model
Contrary for the minority Cr/Mn-dxy spins ∂Σxy (ω )/∂ω is larger than unity above the Fermi level (within our approximation, we cannot determine with sufficient accuracy), suggesting the nonquasiparticle nature of the minority-spin states within the gap.
Absence of halfmetallicity in defect-free Cr, Mn-delta-doped Digital Magnetic Heterostructures
For minority spins, although the position of the top of the minority spin valence band is slightly changed including correlations, the As-p contributions from different As layers are similar in values to those obtained within the LSDA calculations, see Tab. I.
Absence of halfmetallicity in defect-free Cr, Mn-delta-doped Digital Magnetic Heterostructures
Thus a slice minor of M is simply a 2 × 2 minor of a slice submatrix of M .
Minimal primes of ideals arising from conditional independence statements
This notation provides flexibility over flattenings for discussing certain subsets of the minors of a hypermatrix such as the slice minors.
Minimal primes of ideals arising from conditional independence statements
In this section we intend to classify those ideals generated by maximal minors of a generic m × n-matrix X whose generating minors form a Gr¨obner basis.
Determinantal Facet Ideals
Amongst the nonzero r × r minors of Jx (Tr ) (they exist by Jacobian criterion), pick one (call the matrix associated with the minor, N ) that maximizes the number of diagonal variables {xii : 1 ≤ i ≤ n} indexing the columns of N .
Jacobian hits circuits: Hitting-sets, lower bounds for depth-D occur-k formulas & depth-3 transcendence degree-k circuits
Consider any nonprincipal minor Mi in the above sum, say it is the minor of M with respect to xkℓ .
Jacobian hits circuits: Hitting-sets, lower bounds for depth-D occur-k formulas & depth-3 transcendence degree-k circuits
Without loss of generality, assume that the minor Ni is the minor of N with respect to the ith diagonal element of N .
Jacobian hits circuits: Hitting-sets, lower bounds for depth-D occur-k formulas & depth-3 transcendence degree-k circuits
And each of the Ni,1 ’s can be thought of as minors of the (η − 1) × (η − 1) matrix N ′ which is the matrix associated with the minor of N with respect to x.
Jacobian hits circuits: Hitting-sets, lower bounds for depth-D occur-k formulas & depth-3 transcendence degree-k circuits
Any other Ni takes the form y1 · N ′ i , where N ′ i is a principal minor of a (η − 1) × (η − 1) matrix N ′ which is the matrix associated with the minor of N with respect to y1 .
Jacobian hits circuits: Hitting-sets, lower bounds for depth-D occur-k formulas & depth-3 transcendence degree-k circuits
Amongst the nonzero t × t minors of Jx (gt ), pick one (call the matrix associated with the minor, N ) that maximizes the number of variables in S indexing the columns of N .
Jacobian hits circuits: Hitting-sets, lower bounds for depth-D occur-k formulas & depth-3 transcendence degree-k circuits
And hence, Ni,m can be thought of as a corresponding Jacobian minor of Nx obtained by taking the minor of N with respect to x.
Jacobian hits circuits: Hitting-sets, lower bounds for depth-D occur-k formulas & depth-3 transcendence degree-k circuits
The minimal generators of the defining ideal are determinantal: (p + 1) × (p + 1) minors of φ, the (q + 1) × (q + 1) minors of ψ and the (r + 1) × (r + 1) minors of φ|ψ , taken by choosing b + k + 1 columns of φ and c + l + 1 columns of ψ , where k + l = d − 1.
Resolutions of defining ideals of orbit closures for quivers of type $A_3$
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