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minor

Definitions

  • Minor Canon Row: Rochester
    Minor Canon Row: Rochester
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj minor limited in size or scope "a small business","a newspaper with a modest circulation","small-scale plans","a pocket-size country"
    • adj minor inferior in number or size or amount "a minor share of the profits","Ursa Minor"
    • adj minor lesser in scope or effect "had minor differences","a minor disturbance"
    • adj minor not of legal age "minor children"
    • adj minor of a scale or mode "the minor keys","in B flat minor"
    • adj minor of your secondary field of academic concentration or specialization
    • adj minor of lesser importance or stature or rank "a minor poet","had a minor part in the play","a minor official","many of these hardy adventurers were minor noblemen","minor back roads"
    • adj minor of lesser seriousness or danger "suffered only minor injuries","some minor flooding","a minor tropical disturbance"
    • adj minor warranting only temporal punishment "venial sin"
    • adj minor of the younger of two boys with the same family name "Jones minor"
    • n minor a young person of either sex "she writes books for children","they're just kids","`tiddler' is a British term for youngster"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Coast of Asia Minor Coast of Asia Minor

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Baseball's National League was born in 1876. Eight competing baseball teams met in New York City's Grand Central Hotel. The first president of the new league was Morgan Gardner Bulkeley, who later became a US Senator. The eight original cities with teams were: Boston, Chicago, Cincinnati, New York, Philadelphia, St. Louis, Louisville and Hartford. Two of the original teams are now in the American League (Boston and New York) while Louisville and Hartford are now minor-league baseball towns.
    • Minor A Minorite; a Franciscan friar.
    • Minor 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.
    • minor Inferior in bulk, degree, importance, etc.; less; smaller; of little account; as, minor divisions of a body.
    • minor (Mus) Less by a semitone in interval or difference of pitch; as, a minor third.
    • Minor (Logic) The minor term, that is, the subject of the conclusion; also, the minor premise, that is, that premise which contains the minor term; in hypothetical syllogisms, the categorical premise. It is the second proposition of a regular syllogism, as in the following: Every act of injustice partakes of meanness; to take money from another by gaming is an act of injustice; therefore, the taking of money from another by gaming partakes of meanness.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: From the Middle Ages up until the end of the 19th century, barbers performed a number of medical duties including bloodletting, wound treatment, dentistry, minor operations and bone-setting. The barber's striped red pole originated in the Middle Ages, when it was a staff the patient would grip while the barber bled the patient.
    • minor Smaller (than the other); less; lesser: applied definitively to one of two units or parts, and opposed to major or greater: as, the minor axis of an ellipse: the minor premise of a syllogism; the minor part of an estate.
    • minor Smaller than others; of inferior rank or degree; lower; hence, small; inconsiderable; not capital, serious, or weighty: as, the minor officers of government; a minor canon; the minor points of an argument; minor faults or considerations.
    • minor Under age.
    • minor In music: Of intervals, less; shorter; smaller (as compared with major intervals). The word is more often applied to seconds, thirds, sixths, sevenths, ninths, etc., designating an interval equal to the corresponding major interval less one half-step. It has also been applied of late to fourths, fifths, and eighths, and is then equivalent to the older term diminished. Finally, it is used to designate the smaller of two intervals that differ by a minute quantity, as a minor tone (10:9), which is a comma less than a major tone: opposed to major. See interval, 5.
    • minor Of tonalities and scales, characterized by a minor third and also usually by a minor sixth, and often a minor seventh: opposed to major. See key, tonality, scale
    • minor of triads and chords generally, characterized by a minor third between the lowest and the next to the lowest tones: opposed to major. See triad, and chord
    • minor Of modes, characterized by the use of a minor tonality and of minor cadences: as, the piece is written throughout in the minor mode: opposed to major. See major
    • n minor A person of either sex who is under age; one who is of less than the legal age for the performance of certain acts; one under the authority of parents or guardians, because of not having reached the age at which the law permits one to make contracts and manage one's own property; an infant in the legal sense in Scots law, minor, when used in contradistinction to pupil, signifies a person above the age of pupilarity (twelve in females and fourteen in males) and under that of majority, which in both sexes is twenty-one years. The technical term in English and United States law for one under the age of legal capacity (twenty-one years)is infant, but minor is used in the same sense in general literature. Compare age, n., 3.
    • n minor In logic, the minor term, or the minor premise. See I.
    • n minor In music, the minor mode or a minor tonality or minor chord taken absolutely.
    • n minor [capitalized] A Franciscan friar; a Minorite: so called from a name of the Franciscan order, Fratres Minores, or Lesser Brethren. Also called Friar Minor.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Minors in Kansas City, Missouri, are not allowed to purchase cap pistols; they may buy shotguns freely, however.
    • adj Minor mī′nor smaller: less: inferior in importance, degree, bulk, &c.: inconsiderable: lower:
    • n Minor a person under age (21 years):
    • adj Minor belonging to the Franciscans
    • adj Minor mī′nor (mus.) smaller by a semitone
    • n Minor (logic) the term of a syllogism which forms the subject of the conclusion
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Quotations

  • Gaston Bachelard
    Gaston%20Bachelard
    “Even a minor event in the life of a child is an event of that child's world and thus a world event.”
  • Robert Altman
    Robert Altman
    “What is a cult? It just means not enough people to make a minority.”
  • Sir Herbert Beerbohm Tree
    Sir Herbert Beerbohm Tree
    “People are too apt to treat God as if he were a minor royalty.”
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
    Ralph%20Waldo%20Emerson
    “All history is a record of the power of minorities, and of minorities of one.”
  • Raymond B. Fosdick
    Raymond B. Fosdick
    “It is always the minorities that hold the key of progress.”
  • Latin Proverb
    Latin Proverb
    “Beware the tyranny of the minority.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
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. miny`qein, Skr. mi, to damage. Cf. Minish Minister Minus Minute

Usage

In literature:

He had the sole custody of her person, and of her minor children.
"History of Woman Suffrage, Volume III (of III)" by Various
At the entrance to the straits the Turks had erected two major positions and several minor ones.
"The Story of the Great War, Volume III (of VIII)" by Various
Minor engagements between scouting parties and outposts were the rule of the day on May 5, 1916.
"The Story of the Great War, Volume V (of 8)"
Several attempts made by minor Italian detachments to advance on the Tyrol front were repulsed.
"The Story of the Great War, Volume VI (of VIII)" by Various
Spohr's First Symphony (D minor) given by the Philharmonic Society, New York City.
"Annals of Music in America" by Henry Charles Lahee
It was in C sharp minor, and was almost identical with the theme of the C minor study.
"Melomaniacs" by James Huneker
But the petitioners for the suffrage are in the minority.
"The History of Woman Suffrage, Volume IV" by Various
Minors should be protected against all sexual abuse.
"The Sexual Question" by August Forel
Fred and a stylish Miss Minor were to stand.
"Hope Mills" by Amanda M. Douglas
A second attempt is now made, this time in A minor, only to be thwarted by a still more capricious octave descent.
"Music: An Art and a Language" by Walter Raymond Spalding
CAMPAIGN IN ASIA MINOR.
"Alexander the Great" by Jacob Abbott
Were not one time the believers in Christianity a small minority?
"Woman under socialism" by August Bebel
La Rochefoucauld, Soubise, and others were criminated to a minor degree.
"History of the Rise of the Huguenots" by Henry Baird
His minor works are generally made subordinate to purposes of portraiture.
"The Stones of Venice, Volume I (of 3)" by John Ruskin
Would Canada, would the one-time party of George Brown, welcome a leader from the minority?
"The Day of Sir Wilfrid Laurier" by Oscar D. Skelton
Riots, minor insurrections, and strikes were symptoms of an all-pervading discontent.
"Violence and the Labor Movement" by Robert Hunter
Water transport has minor role as a cargo carrier.
"Area Handbook for Romania" by Eugene K. Keefe, Donald W. Bernier, Lyle E. Brenneman, William Giloane, James M. Moore, and Neda A. Walpole
But when equilibrium was at last restored, the ocean rolled serenely where a minor continent had been.
"Triplanetary" by Edward Elmer Smith
She would have saved her minor son, Henry IV.
"Women of the Teutonic Nations" by Hermann Schoenfeld
In 1790 the three largest cities were not larger than many of our minor cities to-day.
"The Greater Republic" by Charles Morris
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In poetry:

Ye wee minor prophet,
It's 'maist my belief
'At I'm doon in Tophet,
And you abune grief!
"The Laverock" by George MacDonald
One has a song that is free and strong;
But the music he writes is minor;
And the sad, sad strain is replete with pain,
And the singer becomes a repiner.
"Our Lives" by Ella Wheeler Wilcox
Yea! bring it, and sing it -- a worded moan
That sweeps thro' the minors of woe,
With mystical meanings in every tone,
And sounds like the sea's lone flow.
"A Song" by Abram Joseph Ryan
Let no man shrink from the bitter tonics
Of grief, and yearning, and need, and strife,
For the rarest chords in the soul's harmonies,
Are found in the minor strains of life.
"Life's Harmonies" by Ella Wheeler Wilcox
Though bright my skies with transient gleams of gladness,
And sweet the breath of many a summer sea,
Yet, under all, a haunting note of sadness
Forever lures me in its minor key
To sleep and to forget.
"To Sleep And Forget" by John Lawson Stoddard
But time passed by in a strange disguise,
And I marked it not, but lay
In a lazy dream, with drowsy eyes,
Till the summer slipped away,
And a chill wind sang in a minor key:
"Where is the rose that waits for thee?"
"The Rose" by James Whitcomb Riley

In news:

After some minor setbacks with Immigration, I'm happy to be back on the air at B-93.
CHARLOTTE (AP) — A former soccer coach at Catawba College now faces new charges of inappropriate sexual contact with a minor.
Minority issues must be addressed.
Ryan Cavan led all of full-season, minor-league second baseman with a fielding percentage of.994.
Racial, religious, sexual and other minorities have waited long enough.
Organic cellulose and biomass filtration, washing and drying is very unpredictable and even minor differences in feedstock,washing or cake moisture requirements can require a different process solution.
He labored in the minors for 12 years, finally got a chance with the Giants, and the result was a World Series ring.
Teen drivers among 3 sent to hospital for minor injuries.
Rather than a unified tumor type, this classification encompasses many minor tumor subtypes.
As a member of the state Long-term Fiscal Stability Commission, more aptly named by the minority the Long-term Fiscal Irresponsibility Commission, here is the "rest of the story" from my view.
Whites-minorities gap is now a chasm .
It's not this idea that most Chicanos or a significant minority of Chicanos think that we're going to wake up one morning and secede from ...
A minor spat between a football coach and a newspaper somehow has turned into a national story.
Is requiring a photo id to vote a civil right s infringement that prevents minorities and the poor from voting, or is it a common sense measure that helps prevent voter fraud.
The Poverty Rights Office at Emmaus House is named for Mrs Muriel Lokey, who fought for the rights of children and those in the minority.
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In science:

The other two observables, σma jor and σminor, are modelled assuming exponential distributions for both the radial and the vertical velocity dispersion components.
Disc heating in NGC 2985
It follows from 2) and the non-negativity of the n-point correlation functions that K must have non-negative minors, and in particular if K is Hermitian it must be a non-negative operator.
Gaussian limit for determinantal random point fields
The method of calculating the minor loop described above may be extended to obtain a series of nested minor loops.
Exact Expressions for Minor Hysteresis Loops in the Random Field Ising Model on a Bethe Lattice at Zero Temperature
Note that the minor loops touch the upper ma jor loop when the applied field has been reversed by an amount 2J .
Exact Expressions for Minor Hysteresis Loops in the Random Field Ising Model on a Bethe Lattice at Zero Temperature
In the following section we will extend this scenario to a case where indeed neural networks interact to solve a special problem, the minority game.
Predicting and generating time series by neural networks: An investigation using statistical physics
We are in agreement with his interpretation, although it may be a minority opinion at the present time.
Entropy Evolution in Galaxy Groups and Clusters; A Comparison of External and Internal Heating
Al l the k × k minors of Mn (defined in the statement of Lemma 4.3) are equal.
Harmonic mean, random polynomials and stochastic matrices
We will turn to this momentarily after a minor digression in the next paragraph.
Comments on "A Supernova Brane Scan"
In this region of Y running coupling effects play a minor role.
Diffusion corrections to the hard pomeron
This makes the colours independent from minor errors due to changes of the atmospheric conditions.
Planetary nebula or symbiotic Mira? Near infrared colours mark the difference
This is only very minor because the Sobolev-norm will be used in practical applications.
Universal bounds on the selfaveraging of random diffraction measures
Clearly this minor restriction allows our conclusions to be valid for a very large class of probability distributions.
Inhomogenous Poisson Networks and Random Cellular Structures
The three upper (resp. lower) panels are taken along the ma jor (resp. minor) axis.
Probing the stellar populations of early-type galaxies: the SAURON survey
All the proofs are minor adaptations of the proof in Section 4.
Weak-interaction limits for one-dimensional random polymers
All other parameters are found to show a weak, regular temperature dependence with only minor deviations from monotonicity, as can be seen in Figs. 7 and 8.
Structural Relaxation and Mode Coupling in a Simple Liquid: Depolarized Light Scattering in Benzene
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