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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In a Quake or Doom game, everything has to be perfect—every microsecond. Chris Morris, Fortune, "Exclusive: id Software’s Tim Willits Joins Saber Interactive as Chief Creative Officer," 12 Aug. 2019 To simplify the task of writing software that safely implemented this sort of fault tolerance, the processors were connected on a custom timing circuit that kept their operations synchronized to within around fifty microseconds. Cal Newport, The New Yorker, "Was E-mail a Mistake?," 6 Aug. 2019 Because in cyberspace, of course the decisions are made in microseconds that human beings can’t complicate. Eric Johnson, Vox, "Russia and China are waging a “shadow war” against the US, and the battlefields will be AI and space, CNN’s Jim Sciutto says," 11 June 2019 In the first movement, Denk at times goosed the beat by a few microseconds, not enough to sound careless, but just enough to create urgency or excitement. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Review: Pianist Jeremy Denk adds joyful spontaneity to Mozart concerto in wonderful collaboration with Mainly Mozart Festival Orchestra," 9 June 2019 Relativity describes why a clock on a satellite ticks a few dozen microseconds faster than a clock on Earth; without accounting for that discrepancy, GPS technologies wouldn’t work. Devin Powell, Discover Magazine, "How to Understand Einstein's Theory of Gravity," 24 May 2019 Special relativity predicts that these moving clocks run about seven microseconds slower per day than clocks on Earth. Priyamvada Natarajan, WSJ, "‘The Order of Time’ Review: Stop All the Clocks," 1 June 2018 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

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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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