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Dictionary Definition

millisecond n : one thousandth of a second [syn: msec]

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  1. One one-thousandth of a second. Symbol: ms


one one-thousandth of a second

Extensive Definition

A millisecond (from milli- and second; abbreviation: ms) is one thousandth of a second.
To help compare orders of magnitude of different times this page lists times between 10−3 seconds and 10−2 seconds (1 millisecond to 10 milliseconds). See also times of other orders of magnitude.
  • shorter times
  • 1 millisecond (1 ms) – cycle time for frequency 1 kHz
  • 1 millisecond – duration of light for typical photo flash strobe
  • 1 millisecond – repetition interval of GPS C/A PN code
  • 1.000692286 milliseconds – time taken for light to travel 300 km in a vacuum
  • 2 milliseconds – half life of hassium-265
  • 2.27 milliseconds – cycle time for the A above middle C in music (440 Hz); if a tuning device for musical instruments generates just one tone, it is probably this tone
  • 3 milliseconds – a housefly’s wing flap
  • 3.4 milliseconds – half life of meitnerium-266
  • 5 milliseconds – a honey bee’s wing flap
  • 8 milliseconds – 1/125 of a second (125), a standard camera shutter speed
  • 9 milliseconds – typical maximum seek time for a 7200rpm hard disk
  • longer times
millisecond in Catalan: Mil·lisegon
millisecond in Danish: Millisekund
millisecond in Spanish: Milisegundo
millisecond in Basque: Milisegundo
millisecond in French: 1 E-3 s
millisecond in Japanese: 1 E-3 s
millisecond in Korean: 1 E-3 s
millisecond in Dutch: Milliseconde
millisecond in Norwegian Nynorsk: Millisekund
millisecond in Norwegian: Millisekund
millisecond in Portuguese: Milissegundo
millisecond in Swedish: Millisekund
millisecond in Chinese: 毫秒
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