What is minute?

  • (noun): A unit of angular distance equal to a 60th of a degree.
    Synonyms: arcminute, minute of arc
    See also — Additional definitions below


A minute is a unit of measurement of time or of angle. The minute is a unit of time equal to 1/60 (the first sexagesimal fraction) of an hour or 60 seconds. In the UTC time standard, a minute on rare occasions has 59 or 61 seconds; see leap second. The minute is not an SI unit; however, it is accepted for use with SI units. The SI symbol for minute or minutes is min (for time measurement) or the prime symbol after a number, e.g. 5′ (for angle measurement, even if it is informally used for time).

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One-minute Warning
... The One Minute Warning or The One Minute Timing Rule is a rule in the Arena Football League that dictates the flow of the game in the final minute of a half or overtime ... At the one-minute mark of any given half or OT the referee will announce "One Minute Timing Rule in effect" ... During the final minute of play, the game clock changes from a continuously running clock (except for scores and time-outs) to a clock that mirrors NCAA rules (stop ...
Minute - Astronomy
... In astronomy, the minute is a unit of angle, the minute of right ascension ... The Earth turns on its polar axis through fifteen minutes of arc in every minute of sidereal time ... One minute of arc at the Earth's equator is approximately one nautical mile ...
Kumbhaka - Importance
... In between these two processes there is a very minute gap or pause (normally in milliseconds) which is usually not noticed and it recurs, i.e ... frequency of inhalation and exhalation in one minute ... recorded normal respiratory rate in humans as 12-16 breaths per minute with life span of 70–80 years ...
... Kovaipudur is a 15-minute drive from Ukkadam, a 20-minute drive from R ... Puram and a 30 Minute Drive from Gandhipuram ...
One Minute To Zero - Reception
... standard fare for war films, even tinged with propaganda, One Minute to Zero received notice because of one controversial scene showing the mortar attack on refugees ... Plainly, "One Minute to Zero" is a ripely synthetic affair, arranged to arouse emotions with the most easy and obvious clichés ... along with other aerial sequences has made One Minute to Zero an aviation film buff's favorite ...

More definitions of "minute":

  • (adj): Infinitely or immeasurably small.
    Example: "Two minute whiplike threads of protoplasm"
    Synonyms: infinitesimal, microscopic
  • (adj): Characterized by painstaking care and detailed examination.
    Example: "A minute inspection of the grounds"; "an exact and minute report"
    Synonyms: narrow
  • (noun): Distance measured by the time taken to cover it.
    Synonyms: hour
  • (noun): A short note.
    Example: "The secretary keeps the minutes of the meeting"
  • (noun): A unit of time equal to 60 seconds or 1/60th of an hour.
    Example: "He ran a 4 minute mile"
    Synonyms: min
  • (noun): An indefinitely short time.
    Example: "It only takes a minute"
    Synonyms: moment, second, bit

Famous quotes containing the word minute:

    He who would do good to another must do it in Minute Particulars:
    General Good is the plea of the scoundrel, hypocrite, and flatterer,
    For Art and Science cannot exist but in minutely organized Particulars.
    William Blake (1757–1827)

    Well, there’s no one at all, they do be saying, but is deserving of some punishment from the very minute of his birth.
    Augusta, Lady Gregory (1859–1932)

    I make this in a warring absence when
    Each ancient, stone-necked minute of love’s season
    Harbours my anchored tongue....
    Dylan Thomas (1914–1953)