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  1. 1/120 of a minute of time
  2. (as modifier): a half-second lead over the Finn
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.

    Memoirs of an American Prima Donna Clara Louise Kellogg
  • Ritter looked at him blankly for a half-second, then grinned ruefully.

    Murder in the Gunroom Henry Beam Piper
  • In the half-second before getting to his feet, Darrin had taken the sputtering, glowing fuse between finger and thumb.

  • In that half-second before he fell an article I read somewhere flashed into my mind.

    Delayed Action Charles Vincent De Vet
  • And then went on to thrust into that half-second of suspended fury, a faint breath of appeasing.

    The Fortieth Door

    Mary Hastings Bradley
  • A half-second later, Joe, still sitting in the tub, fired his second barrel.

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