Lexicon: minister – minute

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minister (-ed), v. [see minister, n.] (webplay: apprenticed).

  1. Attend; serve.
  2. Serve; afford; supply.

ministry, n. [ME < Fr. < L.] (webplay: world).

  1. Office; duties.
  2. Service; aid.

minnow (-s), n. [Fr. menu, small.]

Very small fish; [fig.] insignificant political rival.

minor, adj. [L. comp. of minus.] (webplay: between, bulk, less, lower, opposed, single, smaller).

  1. Lesser; smaller in size.
  2. Insignificant; unimportant; harmless.
  3. Subordinate; secondary; lesser in quantity or quality; not principal.
  4. Tiny; miniature; diminutive; [fig.] mournful; haunting; plaintive; poignant sounding; in a musical key that has intervals lower by one semitone; [word play on “Minority”] having members smaller than birds; having fewer members than other groups of creatures; [word play on “Minorite”] Franciscan; having to do with the minor friars of the monastic order of St. Francis in the Catholic Church; [metaphor] close to nature; pertaining to a group of humming crickets.

minor, n. [L.] (webplay: bird).

Chant; song; strain; hymn tune; religious melody; piece of sacred music in a minor key; [metaphor] ave; greeting; hello; (see Luke 1:28) [fig.] chirp; peep; song of a Minorca, a beautiful bird of the East Indies.

mint (-s), n. [OE mynet, money, stamped coin.] (webplay: word).

  1. Something valuable; [fig.] leaves; petals.
  2. Attempts; intentions.

mint (-ed), v. [see mint, n.] (webplay: coin, mine).

  1. Forge; fabricate; make money.
  2. Make official by stamping metal.

minuet (-s), n. [Fr. meneut, from menu, small.]

Slow, graceful dance in triple measure for two dancers; music for such a type of dance.

minute (-r, -st), adj. [Fr. menu, small < L.] (webplay: air, attention, circle, fineness, heaven, hour, men, measure, small, thunder, time).

  1. Tiny; minuscule; small; not spacious; not large in size.
  2. Low; close to the earth.

minute (-s), n. [L. minitum, a small portion.] (webplay: hour, small, space, time).

  1. Sixty seconds; one sixtieth of an hour.
  2. [Fig.] short space of time.