Definition of split second in English:

split second

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noun

  • A very brief moment of time: for a split second, I hesitated
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    • Harmless spirits will also occasionally pop up for split seconds, and snapping images of those also add to your score.
    • I thought all this stuff in my head in a couple of split seconds, finally snapping out of my trance.
    • Anastasius' eyes flashed for a split second and one dark eyebrow rose slightly.

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  • Very rapid or accurate: split-second timing is crucial
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    • His comic timing is polished up to split-second accuracy for the role of Elliot Richards, the hapless computer nerd that nobody wants to hang out with.
    • During the hectic split-second timing of a campaign, this is a man who took time out to sit beside an old friend who was dying of cancer.
    • It was a split-second decision to use force, he said.

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