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Wordnet 3.0

NOUN (1)

1. a young person of either sex;
- Example: "she writes books for children"
- Example: "they're just kids"
- Example: "`tiddler' is a British term for youngster"
[syn: child, kid, youngster, minor, shaver, nipper, small fry, tiddler, tike, tyke, fry, nestling]


ADJECTIVE (10)

1. of lesser importance or stature or rank;
- Example: "a minor poet"
- Example: "had a minor part in the play"
- Example: "a minor official"
- Example: "many of these hardy adventurers were minor noblemen"
- Example: "minor back roads"

2. lesser in scope or effect;
- Example: "had minor differences"
- Example: "a minor disturbance"

3. inferior in number or size or amount;
- Example: "a minor share of the profits"
- Example: "Ursa Minor"

4. of a scale or mode;
- Example: "the minor keys"
- Example: "in B flat minor"

5. not of legal age;
- Example: "minor children"
[syn: minor, nonaged, underage]

6. of lesser seriousness or danger;
- Example: "suffered only minor injuries"
- Example: "some minor flooding"
- Example: "a minor tropical disturbance"

7. of your secondary field of academic concentration or specialization;

8. of the younger of two boys with the same family name;
- Example: "Jones minor"

9. warranting only temporal punishment;
- Example: "venial sin"
[syn: minor, venial]

10. limited in size or scope;
- Example: "a small business"
- Example: "a newspaper with a modest circulation"
- Example: "small-scale plans"
- Example: "a pocket-size country"
[syn: minor, modest, small, small-scale, pocket-size, pocket-sized]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

minor \mi"nor\ (m[imac]"n[~e]r), 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. miny`qein, Skr. mi to damage. Cf. Minish, Minister, Minus, Minute.] [1913 Webster] 1. Inferior in bulk, degree, importance, etc.; less; smaller; of little account; as, minor divisions of a body. [1913 Webster] 2. (Mus.) Less by a semitone in interval or difference of pitch; as, a minor third. [1913 Webster] 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 subjects. 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: [1913 Webster] [1913 Webster] See Major. Minor term of a syllogism (Logic), the subject of the conclusion. [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

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. [1913 Webster] 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. [1913 Webster] 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. [1913 Webster] 3. A Minorite; a Franciscan friar. [1913 Webster]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

minor 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: of a scale or mode; "the minor keys"; "in B flat minor" [ant: major] 5: not of legal age; "minor children" [syn: minor, 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: of the younger of two boys with the same family name; "Jones minor" 9: warranting only temporal punishment; "venial sin" [syn: minor, venial] 10: limited in size or scope; "a small business"; "a newspaper with a modest circulation"; "small-scale plans"; "a pocket- size country" [syn: minor, modest, small, small- scale, pocket-size, pocket-sized] n 1: a young person of either sex; "she writes books for children"; "they're just kids"; "`tiddler' is a British term for youngster" [syn: child, kid, youngster, minor, shaver, nipper, small fry, tiddler, tike, tyke, fry, nestling]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:

178 Moby Thesaurus words for "minor": academic specialty, adolescent, area, average, baby, back-burner, boy, budding, callow, casual, child, classical education, common, core curriculum, course, course of study, curriculum, demeaning, dependent, dewy, dinky, disadvantaged, discipline, dispensable, dominant, elective, fair, field, fledgling, general education, general studies, girl, green, growing, hopeful, humanities, humble, immaterial, immature, impubic, in the shade, inappreciable, inconsequential, inconsiderable, indifferent, inessential, inexperienced, infant, inferior, infra dig, ingenuous, innocent, insignificant, intact, irrelevant, juicy, junior, juvenal, juvenile, key, key signature, keynote, lad, laddie, lass, lassie, less, lesser, liberal arts, light, little, low, lower, lowly, major, major key, mediant, mediocre, medium, middling, minute, modest, naive, negligible, new-fledged, nonessential, not vital, obscure, one-horse, ordinary, paltry, pedal point, petit, petty, picayune, piddling, proseminar, pubescent, quadrivium, raw, refresher course, ripening, sapling, sappy, schoolboy, schoolgirl, scientific education, second rank, second string, second-rate, secondary, seminar, servile, shoestring, slight, slip, small, small-beer, small-fry, small-time, smaller, specialty, sprig, stripling, study, sub, subaltern, subdiscipline, subdominant, subject, submediant, subordinate, subservient, subsidiary, subtonic, supertonic, technical, technical education, teenager, teener, teenybopper, tender, third rank, third string, tonality, tonic, tonic key, trifling, trivial, trivium, two-bit, unadult, underage, underprivileged, undeveloped, undistinguished, unessential, unfledged, unformed, unimportant, unimpressive, unlicked, unmellowed, unnoteworthy, unnoticeable, unripe, unseasoned, vernal, virginal, vulgar, ward, young hopeful, young person, younger, youngest, youngling, youngster, youth
Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856):

MINOR, persons. One under the age of twenty-one years, while in a state of infancy; one who has not attained the age of a major. The terms major and minor, are more particularly used in the civil law. The common law terms are adult and infant. See Infant.
The Devil's Dictionary (1881-1906):

MINOR, adj. Less objectionable.
U.S. Gazetteer Places (2000):

Minor, AL -- U.S. Census Designated Place in Alabama Population (2000): 1116 Housing Units (2000): 471 Land area (2000): 0.694337 sq. miles (1.798324 sq. km) Water area (2000): 0.000000 sq. miles (0.000000 sq. km) Total area (2000): 0.694337 sq. miles (1.798324 sq. km) FIPS code: 49072 Located within: Alabama (AL), FIPS 01 Location: 33.539656 N, 86.940000 W ZIP Codes (1990): Note: some ZIP codes may be omitted esp. for suburbs. Headwords: Minor, AL Minor