international atomic time

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International Atomic Time
 
n
TAI the scientific standard of time based on the SI unit, the second, used by means of atomic clocks and satellites to synchronize the time standards of the major nations

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International Atomic Time definition

time, standard
(TAI) An international standard measurement of time based on the comparison of many atomic clocks. TAI is maintained by the Bureau International des Poids et Mesures (BIPM), the world's governing body for civil atomic time measurement. TAI is the basis for Coordinated Universal Time.
BIPM (http://bipm.fr/enus/5_Scientific/c_time/time_1.html).
(2001-08-02)
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