- A minor is someone who is not yet an adult and, in a larger sense, it is something that is less than something else. For example, the teres minor muscle is smaller than the teres major muscle. In anatomy, wherever there is a minor, there is also a major. Minor also enters into the idea of a "locus minoris resistentiae", Latin meaning a place of less resistance. A locus minoris resistentiae offers little resistance to microorganisms. A damaged heart valve acts as a locus minoris resistentiae, a place where any bacteria in the bloodstream tend to settle. The concept of a locus minoris resistentiae is an old but still valid one.
* * *Smaller; lesser; denoting the smaller of two similar structures. [L.]
* * *mi·nor 'mī-nər adj not serious or involving risk to life <\minor illness> <a \minor operation> compare MAJORminor n a person of either sex under the age of legal qualification for adult rights and responsibilities that has traditionally been 21 in the U.S. but is now 18 in many states or sometimes less under certain circumstances (as marriage or pregnancy)
* * *mi·nor (miґnər) insignificant; small or least in scope, effect, number, size, extent, or importance.
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minor — [mī′nər] adj. [ME menour < L minor < IE * minu , small < base * mei , to lessen > Gr meiōn, less, ON minni, smaller] 1. a) lesser in size, amount, number, or extent b) lesser in importance or rank 2. under full legal age (usually… … English World dictionary
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 … The Collaborative International Dictionary of English
minor in — ˈminor in [transitive] [present tense I/you/we/they minor in he/she/it minors in present participle minoring in past tense minored in past p … Useful english dictionary
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 … The Collaborative International Dictionary of English
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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… … StarDict's U.S. Gazetteer Places