millisecond

noun
mil·​li·​sec·​ond | \ ˈmi-lə-ˌse-kənd How to pronounce millisecond (audio) , -kənt\

Definition of millisecond

: one thousandth of a second

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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.

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In no more than 100 milliseconds, inflators pump up the airbag to the height of a typical front bumper. Matthew Jancer, Popular Mechanics, "Your Next Car Could Have Airbags That Inflate on the Outside," 15 Feb. 2019 In fact, the 2018 winner, Justify, completed the race in just two minutes, four seconds, and 20 milliseconds. Maggie Maloney, Town & Country, "When Does the 2019 Kentucky Derby Start?," 8 Apr. 2019 This entire mechanical ballet happens in a matter of milliseconds. Matthew Moss, Popular Mechanics, "We Got Our Hands on an HK G11, the Space-Age Rifle That Never Was," 20 Mar. 2019 Last year's winning horse, Justify, crossed the finish line just two minutes, four seconds, and 20 milliseconds after the race began, so make sure your television, computer, or streaming app is set ahead of time. Maggie Maloney, Town & Country, "All the Ways You Can Watch This Year's Kentucky Derby," 5 Mar. 2019 In these noisy and dynamic few milliseconds the fat rear Michelins hazed and the Pista’s posterior waggled left, then right, violently, a 710-hp twerk. Dan Neil, WSJ, "I Drove a Screaming Fast Ferrari Among Ordinary Cars," 21 Feb. 2019 Even tiny changes in an incoming object's direction during these final milliseconds could drastically change how the airbags should engage, so lidar must be fast and accurate. Matthew Jancer, Popular Mechanics, "Your Next Car Could Have Airbags That Inflate on the Outside," 15 Feb. 2019 In response, the system will firm up how each one compresses under load, responding in between 2-10 milliseconds to keep the car planted. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "We went to drive the new Ford Mustang—but a tornado messed things up," 17 May 2018 And a vowel followed by two consonants added a final 30 milliseconds. Catherine Matacic, Science | AAAS, "If you listen closely, the drumbeats of Amazonian tribes sound like human speech," 24 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of millisecond

1909, in the meaning defined above

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millisecond

noun

English Language Learners Definition of millisecond

: one thousandth of a second

millisecond

noun
mil·​li·​sec·​ond | \ ˈmil-ə-ˌsek-ənd, -ənt How to pronounce millisecond (audio) \

Medical Definition of millisecond

: one thousandth of a second abbreviation ms, msec

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