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MINIM (adapted from Lat. minimus, the...

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Originally appearing in Volume V18, Page 528 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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MINIM (adapted from Lat. minimus, the smallest; a superlative formed from the Indo-Germanic root min-, small), the smallest possible part of a thing, a particle. In music the name " minim " (nota minima) was given by medieval musicians to a note whose value was half a semibreve. It was, as its name implies, the note of the shortest duration then in use. In modern music several notes of lesser value, as the " crotchet " and " quaver," have been added, and the minim is now about half-way in the scale of " values." According to Thomas Morley (A Plaine and Easie Introduction to Practical Music, 1597), its introduction into manuscript music is ascribed to Phillipus de Vitriaco, a musician of the 14th century. In medicine a minim is the smallest fluid measure, being equal to one drop. Sixty minims make a fluid drachm. For the religious Order known as " Minims " see FRANCIS OF PAOLA, ST.
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