Definition for MIN-UTE

MIN-UTE, n. [min'it; L. minutum, that is, a small portion.]

  1. A small portion of time or duration, being the sixtieth part of an hour. Since you are not sure of a minute, throw not away an hour. – Franklin.
  2. In geometry, the sixtieth part of a degree of a circle.
  3. In architecture, the sixtieth, but sometimes the thirtieth part of a module. – Encyc.
  4. A space of time indefinitely small. I will be with you in a minute, or in a few minutes, that is, in a short time.
  5. A short sketch of any agreement or other subject, taken in writing; a note to preserve the memory of any thing; as to take minutes of a contract; to take minutes of a conversation or debate.

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