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millisecond

[mil-uh-sek-uh nd]
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noun
  1. one thousandth of a second. Abbreviation: msec
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Origin of millisecond

First recorded in 1905–10; milli- + second2
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  • Now, fractions of a millisecond later, the Lady May was directly in line.

  • "Point six three eight seconds, sir," the Omans said, holding up a millisecond timer.

    Masters of Space

    Edward Elmer Smith

  • To get all that stuff and 'port up here in the millisecond or so we had the screens open?

    The Galaxy Primes

    Edward Elmer Smith

  • The telepaths were trained to become ultrasensitive, trained to become aware of the Dragons in less than a millisecond.


British Dictionary definitions for millisecond

millisecond

noun
  1. one thousandth of a secondSymbol: ms
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Word Origin and History for millisecond

n.

"one thousandth of a second," 1922, from milli- + second (n.).

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millisecond in Medicine

millisecond

(mĭlĭ-sĕk′ənd)
n.
  1. One thousandth (10-3) of a second.
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