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. The sixtieth part of a degree; sixty seconds (Marked thus ('); as, 10 deg 20')
3. A nautical or a geographic mile.
4. A coin; a half farthing.
5. A very small part of anything, or anything very small; a jot; a tittle. "Minutes and circumstances of his passion." (Jer. Taylor)
6. A point of time; a moment. "I go this minute to attend the king." (Dryden)
7. 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.
8. 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.
Origin: LL. Minuta a small portion, small coin, fr. L. Minutus small: cf. F. Minute. See 4th Minute.
(01 Mar 1998)