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MINUTE, measures. In divisions of the circle or angular measures, a minute
is equal to sixty seconds, or one sixtieth part of a degree.
2. In the computation of time, a minute is equal to sixty seconds, or the sixtieth part of an hour. Vide Measure.
MINUTE, practice. A memorandum of what takes place in court; made by
authority of the court. From these minutes the record is afterwards made up.
2. Toullier says, they are so called because the writing in which they were originally, was small, that the word is derived, from the Latin minuta, (scriptura) in opposition to copies which were delivered to the parties, and which were always written in a larger hand. 8 Toull. n. 413.
3. Minutes are not considered as any part of the record. 1 Ohio R. 268. See 23 Pick. R. 184.