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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Examples from the Web for half-second

Historical Examples of half-second

  • And then went on to thrust into that half-second of suspended fury, a faint breath of appeasing.

    The Fortieth Door

    Mary Hastings Bradley

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

  • For one half-second a light shadow crosses the Oxford boat, and then it is out into the sunlight beyond.


    Henry Kingsley

  • And a half-second later an uptown train pulled in on their side.

  • A half-second too late Benton's magazine pistol ripped out in a frenzied series of spats.

    The Lighted Match

    Charles Neville Buck