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split second

n.
An instant; a flash.

[Short for split second hands, a stopwatch with two second hands, one beneath the other, one of which may be stopped independently of the other.]

split second

n
an extremely small period of time; instant
adj (prenominal)
1. made or arrived at in an infinitely short time: a split-second decision.
2. depending upon minute precision: split-second timing.

split′ sec′ond


n.
1. a fraction of a second.
2. an infinitesimal amount of time; instant; twinkling.
[1880–85]
split′-sec′ond, adj.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.split second - a very short time (as the time it takes the eye to blink or the heart to beat)split second - a very short time (as the time it takes the eye to blink or the heart to beat); "if I had the chance I'd do it in a flash"
mo, moment, second, minute, bit - an indefinitely short time; "wait just a moment"; "in a mo"; "it only takes a minute"; "in just a bit"
Translations
في جُزء من الثّانِيَه، في وَمْضَة عَيْن
zlomek sekundy
brøkdel af et sekund
másodperc: a másodperc ezredrésze
sekúndubrot
zlomok sekundy
delček sekunde
ansalise

split second

nfrazione f di secondo

split

(split) verb
present participle ˈsplitting. past tense, past participle split
1. to cut or (cause to) break lengthwise. to split firewood; The skirt split all the way down the back seam.
2. to divide or (cause to) disagree. The dispute split the workers into two opposing groups.
noun
a crack or break. There was a split in one of the sides of the box.
ˌsplit-ˈlevel adjective
built, made etc on two levels. a split-level dining room/cooker.
split second
a fraction of a second.
splitting headache
a very bad headache. Turn down the radio – I've a splitting headache.
the splits
the gymnastic exercise of sitting down on the floor with one leg straight forward and the other straight back. to do the splits.
References in classic literature ?
Then next moment came a crash of thunder; but before the thunder a white light had filled the whole room for a single split second.
I couldn't put a time on how long he reversed for before realising - everything happened so fast; we're talking split seconds."
The lot summary on Christie's <a href="http://www.christies.com/LotFinder/lot_details.aspx?from=searchresults&intObjectID=5430979&sid=33b95eca-333d-4a8a-bf9c-727f3f3a6cde">website</a> describes the watch as "An extraordinarily rare, oversized stainless steel split seconds chronograph wristwatch with...nickel-finished lever movement, 17 jewels, silvered matte dial, applied pink gold Arabic and baton numerals, outer minute divisions, blue telemetre and black tachymetre scales, two subsidiary dials for constant seconds and 30 minutes register, oversized circular case, fluted lugs, snap on back, split seconds chronograph mechanism operated through two rectangular chronograph buttons in the band and one round chronograph button in the crown."