Ministee, a N. W. county of the lower peninsula of Michigan, hounded W. by Lake Michigan, and watered by the Manistee river; area, about 550 sq. m.; pop. in 1870, 0,074. The surface is level, the soil fertile, and there are extensive forests of pine. The chief productions in 1870 were 5,517 bushels of wheat, 10,509 of Indian corn, 4,743 of oats, 29,300 of potatoes, 12.730 lbs. of butter, and 505 tons of hay. There were 1 manufactory of engines and boiler-. 2 of sash, doors, and blinds, 1 of eigars, and 20 saw mills. Capital, Manistee.
See Lead, vol. x., p. 245.
Minnehaha, a S. E. county of Dakota, bor-dering on Minnesota and Iowa, and drained by the Big Sioux river; area, 816 sq. m.; pop. in 1870, 3.55. The surface is elevated, and the soil productive. Capital, Sioux Falls.
Minnesingers (Ger. Minne, love, and Sanger, singer), a school of German poets which sprang into existence in the latter half of the 12th century, and flourished until near the close of the 13th. Their themes were amatory and heroic, and were treated in much the same manner as those of the troubadours of Provence, though in a more earnest spirit and after a purer ideal conception of love. (See GERMANY, Literature of, vol. vii., p. 763).
Minnesota, Or St. Peter's, a river of Minnesota, having its source in a series of lakes on the Dakota border, between lat. 45° and 46° N., and pursuing a S. E. course for about 320 m. to its confluence with the Blue Earth; then turning N. E. it slows in that direction for about 120 m., falling into the Mississippi at Mendota. Its course is principally in the valley lying between the Coteau du Grand Bois and the Coteau des Prairies. For its whole distance from Big Stone lake it has a fall of only 220 ft. It is navigable for steamers about 40 m. to a point where at low water a ledge of rocks obstructs further progress; but ordinarily small boats can ascend to Patterson's rapids, 295 m. from its mouth.
Minute (Lat. Minutum), the 60th part of an hour; also used to denote a portion of the arc of a circle, and as a measure of angles. When the circumference of the circle is divided into 24 hours, the minute is 1/1440 part of the circle. When the circle is divided into 360°, the minute is the 60th part of a degree, consequently equal to 1/21,600 of the circumference. To distinguish these two measures, the former is called a minute of time, the latter a minute of arc; 15 minutes of are of a parallel of latitude being equal to one minute of time, and 4 minutes of time to a degree. - The term is used in architecture to indicate the 00th part of the diameter of the shaft of a column, measured at the base, and serves as a measure to determine the proportions of the order.