Millisecond

Millisecond

[mil-uh-sek-uhnd]
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 – time taken for sound wave to travel 17 cm
  • 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 average seek time for a 7200rpm hard disk
  • longer times

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