# Minutes

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**Minute** is a unit of measurement of **time** or of **angle**.

The minute is a unit of time equal to **1/60th** of an hour or **60 seconds**. In the **UTC** time scale, a minute occasionally has 59 or 61 seconds; see **leap second**. The minute is not an SI unit; however, it is accepted for use with SI units. The symbol for minute or minutes is min.
The fact that an hour contains 60 minutes is probably due to influences from the Babylonians, who used a base-60 or sexagesimal counting system.