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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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  • The rockets leaped forward, from the topside racks, four and four and four and four, at half-second intervals.

    Uller Uprising Henry Beam Piper, John D. Clark and John F. Carr
  • Olcott's hesitation was of half-second duration, but it was perceptible.

    Damned If You Don't Gordon Randall Garrett
  • Yet, in the half-second before the coming of the cloud, and as I first looked down, I had seen something—something indefinable.

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

    Flappers and Philosophers F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • Presently there was a half-second blast which must have been from a single rocket tube because of the mild shaking it produced.

    Sand Doom William Fitzgerald Jenkins
  • In that half-second before he fell an article I read somewhere flashed into my mind.

    Delayed Action Charles Vincent De Vet
  • Ritter looked at him blankly for a half-second, then grinned ruefully.

    Murder in the Gunroom Henry Beam Piper
  • And then went on to thrust into that half-second of suspended fury, a faint breath of appeasing.

    The Fortieth Door Mary Hastings Bradley
  • In the half-second it took Fredericks to see that, the Psi Operative moved.

    Sight Gag Laurence Mark Janifer
  • This she did, and Mr. Dinwiddie gave the plate a half-second exposure.

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