Very small, diminutive, or limited; extremely little in dimensions, extent, or amount.

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.

Attending to very small particulars; marking or noting little things or precise details; very close or careful: as, minute observation.

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.

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.


Something very small; an unimportant particular; a petty detail; a trifle; specifically, a mite or half-farthing.


The sixtieth part of any unit. Especially


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.


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.