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MINU'TE, a. [L. minutus.]

1. Very small,little or slender; of very small bulk or size; small in consequence; as a minute grain of sand; a minute filament. The blood circulates through very minute vessels. Minute divisions of a subject often perplex the understanding. Minute details are tedious.

2. Attending to small things; critical; as minute observation.



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MINU'TE, a. [L. minutus.]

1. Very small,little or slender; of very small bulk or size; small in consequence; as a minute grain of sand; a minute filament. The blood circulates through very minute vessels. Minute divisions of a subject often perplex the understanding. Minute details are tedious.

2. Attending to small things; critical; as minute observation.

MI-NUTE, a. [L. minutus; Fr. menu, W. main, small. See Mince.]

  1. Very small, little or slender; of very small bulk or size. Small in consequcnce; as, a minute grain of sand; a minute filament. The blood circulates through very minute vessels. Minute divisions of a subject often perplex the understanding. Minute details are tedious.
  2. Attending to small things; critical; as, minute observation.

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.

MIN'UTE, v.t. [min'it.]

To set down a short sketch or note of any agreement or other subject in writing. Spectator.


Min"ute
  1. The sixtieth part of an hour; sixty seconds. (Abbrev. m.; as, 4 h. 30 m.)

    Four minutes, that is to say, minutes of an hour. Chaucer.

  2. Of or pertaining to a minute or minutes; occurring at or marking successive minutes.

    Minute bell, a bell tolled at intervals of a minute, as to give notice of a death or a funeral. -- Minute book, a book in which written minutes are entered. -- Minute glass, a glass measuring a minute or minutes by the running of sand. -- Minute gun, a discharge of a cannon repeated every minute as a sign of distress or mourning. -- Minute hand, the long hand of a watch or clock, which makes the circuit of the dial in an hour, and marks the minutes.

  3. 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. Bancroft.

  4. Very small; little; tiny; fine; slight; slender; inconsiderable.

    "Minute drops." Milton.
  5. The sixtieth part of a degree; sixty seconds (Marked thus (***prime]); as, 10° 20***prime]).
  6. Attentive to small things; paying attention to details; critical; particular; precise; as, a minute observer; minute observation.

    Syn. -- Little; diminutive; fine; critical; exact; circumstantial; particular; detailed. -- Minute, Circumstantial, Particular. A circumstantial account embraces all the leading events; a particular account includes each event and movement, though of but little importance; a minute account goes further still, and omits nothing as to person, time, place, adjuncts, etc.

  7. A nautical or a geographic mile.
  8. A coin; a half farthing.

    [Obs.] Wyclif (Mark xii. 42)
  9. A very small part of anything, or anything very small; a jot; a tittle.

    [Obs.]

    Minutes and circumstances of his passion. Jer. Taylor.

  10. A point of time; a moment.

    I go this minute to attend the king. Dryden.

  11. 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.
  12. A fixed part of a module. See Module.

    * Different writers take as the minute one twelfth, one eighteenth, one thirtieth, or one sixtieth part of the module.

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IMPORT'ANCE, n.

1. Weight; consequence; a bearing on some interest; that quality of any thing by which it may affect a measure, interest or result. The education of youth is of great importance to a free government. A religious education is of infinite importance to every human being.

2. Weight or consequence in the scale of being.

Thy own importance know.

Nor bound thy narrow views to things below.

3. Weight or consequence in self-estimation.

He believes himself a man of importance.

4. Thing implied; matter; subject; importunity. [In these senses, obsolete.]

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SPLINT, SPLINTER, n. [G.]

1. A piece of wood split off; a thin piece (in proportion to its thickness,) of wood or other solid substance, rent from the main body; as splinters of a ships side or mast, rent off by a shot.

2. In surgery, a thin piece of wood or other substance, used to hold or confine a broken bone when set.

3. A piece of bone rent off in a fracture.

SPLINT, SPLINTER, v.t.

1. To split or rend into long thin pieces; to shiver; as, the lightning splinters a tree.

2. To confine with splinters, as a broken limb.

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