The minute is a unit of time or of angle. As a unit of time, the minute is equal to of an hour or 60 seconds. In the UTC time standard, a minute on rare occasions has 59 or 61 seconds, a consequence of leap seconds. As a unit of angle, the minute of arc is equal to of a degree or 60 seconds . Although not an SI unit for either time or angle, the minute is accepted for use with SI units for both. The SI symbols for minute or minutes are min for time measurement, and the prime symbol after a number, e.g. 5′, for angle measurement. The prime is also sometimes used informally to denote minutes of time.

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  1. A unit of time equal to sixty seconds (one-sixtieth of an hour).
    You have twenty minutes to complete the test.
  2. A short but unspecified time period.
    Wait a minute, I’m not ready yet!
  3. A unit of angle equal to one-sixtieth of a degree.
    We need to be sure these maps are accurate to within one minute of arc.
  4. A (usually formal) written record of a meeting.
    Let’s look at the minutes of last week’s meeting.
  5. A minute of use of a telephone or other network, especially a cell phone network.
    If you buy this phone, you’ll get 100 free minutes.
  6. A point in time; a moment.
  7. A nautical or a geographic mile.
  8. An old coin, a half farthing.
  9. A very small part of anything, or anything very small; a jot; a whit.
  10. A fixed part of a module.


  1. Of an event, to write in a memo or the minutes of a meeting.
    I’ll minute this evening’s meeting.
  2. To set down a short sketch or note of; to jot down; to make a minute or a brief summary of.


  1. Very small.
  2. Very careful and exact, giving small details.

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