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British Dictionary definitions for half-second

half-second

noun
    1. 1/120 of a minute of time
    2. (as modifier)a half-second lead over the Finn
  1. a very short period of time; moment
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  • Olcott's hesitation was of half-second duration, but it was perceptible.

    Damned If You Don't

    Gordon Randall Garrett

  • Bilton paused a half-second to arrange his reply in the way he wished.

    The Relentless City

    Edward Frederic Benson

  • In a half-second the workman had dropped his pail and let fly at him.

    Flappers and Philosophers

    F. Scott Fitzgerald

  • In the half-second it took Fredericks to see that, the Psi Operative moved.

    Sight Gag

    Laurence Mark Janifer

  • I allowed a half-second of silence to obliterate their false pitch.