Definition of Minor

1. Noun. A young person of either sex. "`tiddler' is a British term for youngster"

2. Adjective. Of lesser importance or stature or rank. "Minor back roads"
Similar to: Insignificant, Peanut, Secondary
Antonyms: Major

3. Adjective. Lesser in scope or effect. "A minor disturbance"
Antonyms: Major

4. Adjective. Inferior in number or size or amount. "Ursa Minor"
Attributes: Minority
Antonyms: Major
Derivative terms: Minority

5. Adjective. Of a scale or mode. "In B flat minor"
Category relationships: Music
Antonyms: Major

6. Adjective. Not of legal age. "Minor children"
Exact synonyms: Nonaged, Underage
Category relationships: Jurisprudence, Law
Antonyms: Major
Derivative terms: Minority

7. Adjective. Of lesser seriousness or danger. "A minor tropical disturbance"
Antonyms: Major

8. Adjective. Of your secondary field of academic concentration or specialization.
Antonyms: Major

9. Adjective. Of the younger of two boys with the same family name. "Jones minor"

10. Adjective. Warranting only temporal punishment. "Venial sin"
Exact synonyms: Venial
Category relationships: Divinity, Theology
Similar to: Pardonable

11. Adjective. Limited in size or scope. "A pocket-size country"
Exact synonyms: Modest, Pocket-size, Pocket-sized, Small, Small-scale
Similar to: Limited
Derivative terms: Smallness

Definition of Minor

1. a. Inferior in bulk, degree, importance, etc.; less; smaller; of little account; as, minor divisions of a body.

2. n. A person of either sex who has not attained the age at which full civil rights are accorded; an infant; in England and the United States, one under twenty-one years of age.

Definition of Minor

1. Adjective. Of little significance or importance. ¹

2. Adjective. (music) Of a scale which has lowered scale degrees three, six, and seven relative to major, but with the sixth and seventh not always lowered ¹

3. Adjective. (music) being the smaller of the two intervals denoted by the same ordinal number ¹

4. Noun. A person who is below the legal age of responsibility or accountability. ¹

5. Noun. A subject area of secondary concentration of a student at a college or university, or the student who has chosen such a secondary concentration. ¹

6. Noun. (mathematics) determinant of a square submatrix ¹

7. Verb. To choose or have an area of secondary concentration as a student in a college or university. ¹

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Definition of Minor

1. to pursue a specific subordinate course of study [v -ED, -ING, -S]

Medical Definition of Minor

1. 1. Inferior in bulk, degree, importance, etc.; less; smaller; of little account; as, minor divisions of a body. 2. Less by a semitone in interval or difference of pitch; as, a minor third. Asia Minor The form of the minor scale is various. The strictly correct form has the third and sixth minor, with a semitone between the seventh and eighth, which involves an augmented second interval, or three semitones, between the sixth and seventh, as, 6/F, 7/G#, 8/A. But, for melodic purposes, both the sixth and the seventh are sometimes made major in the ascending, and minor in the descending, scale, thus: See Major. Minor term of syllogism, the subject of the conclusion. Origin: L, a comparative with no positive; akin to AS. Min small, G. Minder less, OHG. Minniro, a, min, adv, Icel. Minni, a, minnr, adv, Goth. Minniza, a, mins, adv, Ir. & Gael. Min small, tender, L. Minuere to lessen, Gr, Skr. Mi to damage. Cf. Minish, Minister, Minus, Minute. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Minor

mino bird
mino birds
minor-league club
minor-league team
minor agglutinin
minor amputation
minor axis
minor calices
minor chord
minor connector
minor diameter
minor diatonic scale
minor duodenal papilla
minor expense

Literary usage of Minor

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. A System of Harmony: Founded on Key Relationship, by Means of which a by Hugh Archibald Clarke, Homer Albert Norris (1903)
"There are two kinds of ninth chords, major and minor; if the added third is major, the chord is a major ninth; if the added third is minor, the chord is a ..."

2. Proceedings by Royal Geographical Society (Great Britain), Norton Shaw, Francis Galton, William Spottiswoode, Clements Robert Markham, Henry Walter Bates, John Scott Keltie (1859)
"Part I. Asia minor. Berlin, 1858. THE sixth division of the third book (Western Asia) of the eighteenth part of Hitter's copious Geography of Asia—a tome ..."

3. Anatomy, Descriptive and Surgical by Henry Gray (1883)
"Its upper border is at first in relation with the Teres minor, from which it is afterwards separated by the long head of the Triceps. ..."

4. Annual ReportLabor laws and legislation (1902)
"a certificate, in writing, that such apprentice has served at such trade or craft a full term of apprenticeship specified in such indenture; 9. If a minor ..."

5. Grove's Dictionary of Music and Musicians by George Grove (1910)
"2S. i This may possibly be Identical with the work next mentioned. i The second Sonata In an English edition Is In П minor. ..."

6. Proceedings by Philadelphia County Medical Society (1890)
"So far as my own experience is concerned, I do not hesitate to put minor ... Very many minor tears of the cervix, in which a cosmetic effect only is ..."

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