Hypertext Webster Gateway: "minor"

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Minor \Mi"nor\, n.
1. 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.

Note: In hereditary monarchies, the minority of a sovereign
ends at an earlier age than of a subject. The minority
of a sovereign of Great Britain ends upon the
completion of the eighteenth year of his age.

2. (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.

3. A Minorite; a Franciscan friar.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Minor \Mi"nor\, a. [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},
1. Inferior in bulk, degree, importance, etc.; less; smaller;
of little account; as, minor divisions of a body.

2. (Mus.) Less by a semitone in interval or difference of
pitch; as, a minor third.

{Asia Minor} (Geog.), the Lesser Asia; that part of Asia
which lies between the Euxine, or Black Sea, on the north,
and the Mediterranean on the south.

{Minor mode} (Mus.), that mode, or scale, in which the third
and sixth are minor, -- much used for mournful and solemn

{Minor orders} (Eccl.), the rank of persons employed in
ecclesiastical offices who are not in holy orders, as
doorkeepers, acolytes, etc.

{Minor scale} (Mus.) 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[sharp]},
^{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:

From WordNet (r) 1.7 (wn)

adj 1: 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" [ant: {major}]
2: lesser in scope or effect; "had minor differences"; "a minor
disturbance" [ant: {major}]
3: inferior in number or size or amount; "a minor share of the
profits"; "Ursa Minor" [ant: {major}]
4: (music) of a scale or mode; "the minor keys"; "in B flat
minor" [ant: {major}]
5: (law) not of legal age; "minor children" [syn: {nonaged}, {underage}]
[ant: {major}]
6: of lesser seriousness or danger; "suffered only minor
injuries"; "some minor flooding"; "a minor tropical
disturbance" [ant: {major}]
7: of your secondary field of academic concentration or
specialization [ant: {major}]
8: (British) of the younger of two boys with the same family
name; "Jones minor" [syn: {minor(ip)}]
9: (theology) warranting only temporal punishment; "venial sin"
[syn: {venial}]
10: limited in size or scope; "a small business"; "a newspaper
with a modest circulation"; "small-scale plans"; "a
pocket-size country" [syn: {modest}, {small}, {small-scale},
{pocket-size}, {pocket-sized}]
n : a young person of either sex (between birth and puberty);
"she writes books for children"; "they're just kids";
"`tiddler' is a British term for youngsters" [syn: {child},
{kid}, {youngster}, {shaver}, {nipper}, {small fry}, {tiddler},
{tike}, {tyke}, {fry}, {nestling}]

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