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[mil-uh-sek-uh nd] /ˈmɪl əˌsɛk ənd/
one thousandth of a second.
Abbreviation: msec.
Origin of millisecond
1905-10; milli- + second2 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for millisecond
  • In some cases these laws might not allow the universe to persist for more than a millisecond.
  • She hesitated for a millisecond, then kept on coming.
  • In order to get a strong enough signal to read the bases it is only necessary to trap each one for around a millisecond, he says.
  • It is not clear that trading every millisecond serves that purpose.
  • It is his unequalled ability to capture a millisecond in time that partly defines his genius.
  • Then, he needed two hours of computer time to calculate a single cell's activity during a fraction of a millisecond.
  • In political advertising, as in commercial advertising, ad makers think through every millisecond.
  • He had a hunch that if he plotted the action around a stock sequentially at the millisecond range, he'd find something.
  • It's a lovely film but there's not one millisecond that has anything to do with historical accuracy.
  • Meanwhile, traders are sending money flying all over the world every millisecond of every day.
British Dictionary definitions for millisecond


one thousandth of a second ms
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for millisecond

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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millisecond in Medicine

millisecond mil·li·sec·ond (mĭl'ĭ-sěk'ənd)

Abbr. ms, msec One thousandth (10-3) of a second.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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millisecond in Technology

(ms) One thousandth of a second, one thousand microseconds. A long time for a modern computer.

The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010
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