minute-n; 5 Senses

Sense Number 1: 60 seconds, or else a very short period of time

Commentary: MINUTE[+measure][+time][+small][+unit/+estimate]
NOTE: a span or extend of time, not just a single point (sense 2)

You should bake the pudding for 50 minutes at 325 Fahrenheit.
The cat will snatch that fish off the table in a New York minute.
Just wait a minute and I'll go with you for coffee.
The sky looks ready to open up any minute now. (soon)
My watch is running three minutes fast.

WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 1, 2

Sense Number 2: a single point in time

Commentary: MINUTE[+event][+punctual][+temporal]
NOTE: focus is on a starting point or a juncture, not a span or extent of time (sense 1)

I'll let you know the minute he gets here.
From the minute Sally got home until bedtime the children didn't stop quarreling.
She had been laughing one minute and crying the next.


Sense Number 3: a measure of angular distance

Commentary: MINUTE[+measure][+distance][+angular]
NOTE: a measurement of arcs and angles

This angle measures 32 degrees, nine minutes and twelve seconds.
These two stars are calculated to be one arc minute apart.

WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 4

Sense Number 4: memoranda, records of a meeting

Commentary: MINUTE[+document][+memorandum][+meeting]

Mary read through issues from the last meeting in the minute book.
Who will keep the minutes for our meeting today?

WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 5

Sense Number 5: a linear distance expressed in time

Commentary: MINUTE[+measure][+distance][+calculation][+temporal]
NOTE: talking about a linear distance in terms of how long it takes to get there

The hotel is situated only ten minutes from the beach.
The bus stop is only a three-minute walk from here.
We're still about forty minutes outside New York. (flying to NYC)

WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 6