a combining form meaning “thousand” (millipede): in the metric system, used in the names of units equal to one thousandth of the given base unit (millimeter).
Origin of milli-
< French < Latin, combining form of mille thousand
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denoting 10 –3millimetre Symbol: m
Word Origin for milli-
from French, from Latin mille thousand, this meaning being maintained in words borrowed from Latin (millipede)
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word-forming element meaning "thousandth part of a metric unit," from comb. form of Latin mille "thousand" (see million).
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One thousandth (10-3):millisecond.
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A prefix that means one thousandth, as in millimeter, one thousandth of a meter.
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