• No, no, madam; you shall die this very minute
    No, no, madam; you shall die this very minute
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj minute characterized by painstaking care and detailed examination "a minute inspection of the grounds","a narrow scrutiny","an exact and minute report"
    • adj minute infinitely or immeasurably small "two minute whiplike threads of protoplasm","reduced to a microscopic scale"
    • n minute distance measured by the time taken to cover it "we live an hour from the airport","its just 10 minutes away"
    • n minute a short note "the secretary keeps the minutes of the meeting"
    • n minute a unit of angular distance equal to a 60th of a degree
    • n minute a unit of time equal to 60 seconds or 1/60th of an hour "he ran a 4 minute mile"
    • n minute a particular point in time "the moment he arrived the party began"
    • n minute an indefinitely short time "wait just a moment","in a mo","it only takes a minute","in just a bit"
    • ***

Additional illustrations & photos:

Wagging her head and stopping every minute to cough, sneeze and blow her nose Wagging her head and stopping every minute to cough, sneeze and blow her nose
For a minute they looked at each other For a minute they looked at each other

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The average America online user spends 70 minutes day online
    • Minute A coin; a half farthing.
    • Minute (Arch) A fixed part of a module. See Module.
    • Minute A nautical or a geographic mile.
    • Minute A point of time; a moment. "I go this minute to attend the king."
    • Minute A very small part of anything, or anything very small; a jot; a tittle. "Minutes and circumstances of his passion."
    • Minute Attentive to small things; paying attention to details; critical; particular; precise; as, a minute observer; minute observation.
    • a Minute Of or pertaining to a minute or minutes; occurring at or marking successive minutes.
    • Minute The memorandum; a record; a note to preserve the memory of anything; as, to take minutes of a contract; to take minutes of a conversation or debate; to read the minutes of the last meeting.
    • Minute The sixtieth part of a degree; sixty seconds (Marked thus ('); as, 10° 20').
    • Minute The sixtieth part of an hour; sixty seconds. (Abbrev. m. or min.; as, 4 h. 30 m. "Four minutes , that is to say, minutes of an hour."
    • v. t Minute To set down a short sketch or note of; to jot down; to make a minute or a brief summary of. "The Empress of Russia, with her own hand, minuted an edict for universal tolerance."
    • Minute Very small; little; tiny; fine; slight; slender; inconsiderable; as, minute details. "Minute drops."
    • ***
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Rape is reported every six minutes in the U.S.
    • minute Very small, diminutive, or limited; extremely little in dimensions, extent, or amount.
    • minute Very small in scope or degree; relating to or consisting of small points or matters; particular; closely precise or exact: as, minute details of directions; minute criticism.
    • minute Attending to very small particulars; marking or noting little things or precise details; very close or careful: as, minute observation.
    • minute Circumstantial, Particular, Minute. exact, detailed. A Circumstantial account gives the facts in detail; while circumstantial may include only the leading circumstances, a particular account gleans more closely, gathering all that are of any importance or interest; a minute account details even the slightest facts, perhaps those that are trivial and tedious.
    • n minute Something very small; an unimportant particular; a petty detail; a trifle; specifically, a mite or half-farthing.
    • n minute The sixtieth part of any unit. Especially The Sixtieth part of an hour; loosely, a short space of time.
    • n minute In geometry, the sixtieth part of a degree of a circle. Division of units by sixtieths is the characteristic of the Babylonian system. Ptolemy, following the Babylonian astronomers, divides the diameter of the circle into 120 tmemata or degrees, and these into sixty parts and these again into sixty parts. These subdivisions were translated into Latin as partes minutœ primœ and partes minutœ secundœ, whence our minutes (primes) and seconds. In modern astronomical works minutes of time are denoted by the initial letter m, and minutes of a degree or of angular space by an acute accent ('). See degree, 8.
    • n minute In architecture, the sixtieth part of the diameter of a column at the base, being a subdivision used for measuring the minuter parts of an order. See module.
    • n minute A written summary of an agreement or of a transaction, interview, or proceedings: a note to preserve the memory of anything: usually in the plural. Specifically, the minutes are the record of the proceedings at a meeting of a corporation, board, society, church court, or other deliberative body, put in writing by its secretary or other recording officer.
    • n minute Synonyms Instant, etc. See moment.
    • minute Repeated every minute: as, a minute gun.
    • minute Made in a minute or a very short time: as, a minute pudding; minute beer. —Minute bell, a bell tolled at intervals of a minute as a sign of mourning.
    • minute To set down in a short sketch or note; make a minute or memorandum of; enter in the minutes or record of transactions of a corporation, etc.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The beaver, is America's largest rodent and can remain underwater for 20 minutes
    • adj Minute min-ūt′ very small or slender: of small consequence: slight: attentive to small things: particular, exact
    • n Minute min′it the sixtieth part of an hour: the sixtieth part of a degree: an indefinitely small space of time: a brief jotting or note:
    • v.t Minute to make a brief jotting or note of anything
    • adj Minute (Shak.) happening every minute
    • n Minute min′it (pl.) a brief summary of the proceedings of a meeting
    • ***


  • Warren Buffett
    “I always knew I was going to be rich. I don't think I ever doubted it for a minute.”
  • P.T. Barnum
    P.T. Barnum
    “There's a sucker born every minute.”
  • T. S. Eliot
    “In a minute there is time for decisions and revisions which a minute will reverse.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “For every minute spent in organizing, an hour is earned.”
  • Mark Twain
    “Few sinners are saved after the first twenty minutes of a sermon.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “We can live forever, a minute at a time.”


Laugh a minute - Someone who is a laugh a minute is very funny.
Mile a minute - To do something very quickly. For example: He was talking a mile a minute.
New York minute - (USA) If something happens in a New York minute, it happens very fast.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
LL. minuta, a small portion, small coin, fr. L. minutus, small: cf. F. minute,. See 4th Minute
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Same word as above.


In literature:

It took twenty minutes by the watch.
"Shorty McCabe" by Sewell Ford
The sun was still high, and before he had been at work ten minutes the sweat poured from his brow like rain.
"Despair's Last Journey" by David Christie Murray
Come in here and sit down a minute, can't you?
"Fair Harbor" by Joseph Crosby Lincoln
She appeared at the corner drug store, where the girls were to take the interurban, a few minutes late.
"Blue Bonnet in Boston" by Caroline E. Jacobs
Add 2 cupfuls of the strained tomato and stir and cook for ten minutes.
"365 Luncheon Dishes" by Anonymous
Do you think John Minute would pay blackmail if he could get out of it?
"The Man Who Knew" by Edgar Wallace
I stood alone, minute after minute, thinking.
"Roger Trewinion" by Joseph Hocking
They would only play ten minutes, but in that ten minutes Ole made three scores.
"At Good Old Siwash" by George Fitch
Minute after minute passed away, and then the judge spoke again.
"The Day of Judgment" by Joseph Hocking
I only saw Betty for two or three minutes; she was in a state of wild, tempestuous grief, poor child!
"Betty Vivian" by L. T. Meade

In poetry:

how, overshadowed by your all-embracing vastness,
I appear minute!—-
Yet, being one with the ever more darkening earth,
I dare to be in you.
"Night (O you whose countenance)" by Rainer Maria Rilke
And so she took them in, fed them, and hid them
All underneath her bed;
And in a minute more they heard approaching,
Tramp! tramp! an awful tread!
"Hop-O-My-Thumb" by Clara Doty Bates
And the little white moth fluttered in
    With the love you had sent;
My heart in that minute could tell
    Just the words you had meant.
"Verses for a Letter" by Sarah Orne Jewett
Nell was the eldest twin sister,
But by only two minutes at most;
The other they reckoned came in a good second,
But Nellie was first past the post.
"The Bookmaker’s Daughter 1934" by Billy Bennett
First Sailor. Come to his ship.
His name will come into our thoughts in a minute.
I know that he died a thousand years ago,
And has not yet been waked.
"The Shadowy Waters: The Shadowy Waters" by William Butler Yeats
Quite a spell of happy years.
Wish I could begin it;
Cloud and sunshine, laughter, tears,
Livin' every minute.
Women, too, the pretty dears;
Plenty of 'em in it.
"Grandad" by Robert W Service

In news:

All the scoring took place in the first half, with the two squads stalemating the last 40 minutes of regulation plus two five-minute overtimes.
The singing LMFAO toothbrushes, coming this January, will serenade users with two-minute long versions of "Sexy & I Know It" and "Party Rock Anthem," encouraging users to brush their teeth for the dentist -recommended time of two minutes.
Men are spending two more minutes a day on chores than they did eight years ago—an average of 16 minutes a day.
For those parking at Pikes Peak or Mount Elbert, shuttles are supposed to come every 10 minutes, but airport officials recommend allowing an additional 30 minutes for those lots.
After just six weeks of training, I ran my first 5K and completed it in 36 minutes, which averages out to be a 12-minute mile.
Green, who totaled 37 minutes the first seven games, has averaged 17.2 minutes over the past five games.
It was an all-day affair, starting with a chilly 7 am wait at our precinct so he could watch how a vote goes down in the US After 45 minutes and still about 15 minutes from the goal line, he had a suggestion.
Before pouring tea, allow tea steep about 2 to 3 minutes (up to 5 minutes), depending on desired strength.
Listen up, last-minute travelers: our favorite last-minute booking tool has gone international.
Soak the salmon in soy sauce for about 4 minutes (2 minutes each side).
Walking even 10 minutes a week is a great first step toward the recommended 150 minutes of exercise per week.
During those 15 minutes, members can utilize whatever form of cardio they wish and donate a dollar a minute for Grandma 's Attic.
But for years, LAFD has been quietly padding its results, shifting the calls that take six minutes into the "five minutes or less" column.
At 450 degrees for 25 minutes, then at 375 degrees for 1 hour, 10 minutes.
After the squash and cauliflower have roasted for 15 minutes, add the second baking sheet and roast both for another 20 to 30 minutes, or until the vegetables and sausages are browned and tender.

In science:

To check our data, we obtained a 5 minute ON/OFF pair with the Arecibo telescope using the L-narrow receiver.
Star Formation and Tidal Encounters with the Low Surface Brightness Galaxy UGC 12695 and Companions
The SLDNFA-system was able to find the same optimal solution of the problem as a pure CLP-program in about 20 minutes.
The (optimize) CLP-program only used 3 minutes.
In figure 2, we show the performance of clr on two minutes of data.
Removing Line Interference from Gravitational Wave Interferometer Data
During the observations, nearby quasars were observed every 25 minutes to monitor phase and gain variations, and several brighter quasars were observed to determine the passband structure.
Molecular Gas in Infrared-Excess, Optically-Selected QSOs and the Connection with Infrared Luminous Galaxies