microsecond

noun
mi·​cro·​sec·​ond | \ ˈmī-krō-ˌse-kənd How to pronounce microsecond (audio) , -kənt\

Definition of microsecond

: one millionth of a second

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When all of that was applied, the researchers found that their qubit system was stable for at least 36 microseconds. Chris Lee, Ars Technica, "Qubits kept together by shouting at them with microwaves," 5 Oct. 2018 The intense laser pulse lasted just a few microseconds, but created a brilliant flash and a loud bang, as though the leather had been hit by an explosive projectile. David Hambling, Popular Mechanics, "The Secret History of Plasma Weapons," 14 Nov. 2018 As a result of these issues, the sort of qubit that the researchers in this work used typically lasts about five microseconds. Chris Lee, Ars Technica, "Qubits kept together by shouting at them with microwaves," 5 Oct. 2018 Once the target is in sight, a microsecond’s worth of silent, invisible microwaves moves at the speed of light, frying the circuits, says Don Sullivan, a director at Raytheon who worked on the HPM. Alexander George, Popular Mechanics, "Stopping Killer Drone Swarms Before They Kill Us," 5 July 2018 One was a single, sharp peak that lasted only 30 microseconds, which suggests an event that comes from an extremely small area of space (in the neighborhood of 10km, although relativistic effects could change that value). John Timmer, Ars Technica, "Whatever causes fast radio bursts is sitting in an intense magnetic field," 15 Jan. 2018 The charge storage in the capacitor is volatile, though, and will be lost in a matter of microseconds. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "Training a neural network in phase-change memory beats GPUs," 7 June 2018 The company made investments that let clients send orders with the least possible delay by moving servers closer to exchanges and using wires that shaved microseconds off the process. Hugh Son, Bloomberg.com, "Wall Street’s Big Banks Are Waging an All-Out Technological Arms Race," 5 Apr. 2018 Blain raced to Schriever in his Ford pickup and found that the constellation’s timing was off by about 13 microseconds. Garrett M. Graff, WIRED, "The New Arms Race Threatening to Explode in Space," 26 June 2018

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First Known Use of microsecond

1906, in the meaning defined above

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microsecond

noun

English Language Learners Definition of microsecond

: one millionth of a second
informal : a very short period of time

microsecond

noun
mi·​cro·​sec·​ond | \ ˈmī-krō-ˌsek-ənd, -ənt How to pronounce microsecond (audio) \

Medical Definition of microsecond

: one millionth of a second

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