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Min"im (?), n. [F. minime, L. minimus the least, smallest, a superl. of minor: cf. It. minima a note in music. See Minor, and cf. Minimum.]

1.

Anything very minute; as, the minims of existence; -- applied to animalcula; and the like.

2.

The smallest liquid measure, equal to about one drop; the sixtieth part of a fluid drachm.

3. Zool.

A small fish; a minnow.

[Prov. Eng.]

4.

A little man or being; a dwarf.

[Obs.]

Milton.

5. Eccl. Hist.

One of an austere order of mendicant hermits of friars founded in the 15th century by St. Francis of Paola.

6. Mus.

A time note, formerly the shortest in use; a half note, equal to half a semibreve, or two quarter notes or crotchets.

7.

A short poetical encomium.

[Obs.]

Spenser.

 

© Webster 1913.


Min"im, a.

Minute.

"Minim forms."

J. R. Drake.

 

© Webster 1913.