millisecond

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noun mil·li·sec·ond \ˈmi-lə-ˌse-kənd, -kənt\

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A millisecond isn't long enough for the blink of an eye, but a few milliseconds may determine the winner of a swim race or a hundred-yard dash. With the ever-increasing speed of modern technology, even a millisecond has started to seem a little sluggish; computer operations are now measured in nanoseconds—that is, billionths of a second.

Origin and Etymology of millisecond

International Scientific Vocabulary


First Known Use: 1909


MILLISECOND Defined for English Language Learners

millisecond

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noun mil·li·sec·ond \ˈmi-lə-ˌse-kənd, -kənt\

Definition of millisecond for English Language Learners

  • : one thousandth of a second


Medical Dictionary

millisecond

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noun mil·li·sec·ond \ˈmil-ə-ˌsek-ənd, -ənt\

Medical Definition of millisecond

  1. :  one thousandth of a second—abbreviation ms, msec


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