Definition of split second in English:

split second

Pronunciation /splɪt səˈkɑnd/

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  • A very brief moment of time.

    ‘for a split second, I hesitated’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Kassa kicked him in the shins and for a split second anger flashed through his eyes violently.’
    • ‘And there are Pumpkins' shadows that obscure moments of this record and split seconds when you forget this isn't the newie from Sparklehorse.’
    • ‘Finn watched her for a moment, their eyes together for a split second before he shifted his gaze to some other place.’
    • ‘In a split second, Ricardo has a hairy moment, and Karagounis gets a yellow card.’
    • ‘They hadn't proven the case of intentional murder, but rather a case of a horrible accident, a horrible mistake that happened in seven split seconds that none of us would ever want to live through either way.’
    • ‘You might even have heart palpitations in those few split seconds, because this was the last thing you were expecting to occur straight outside the outpatients section of a hospital's maternity wing.’
    • ‘‘With children, in a few split seconds, anything can happen,’ he told members.’
    • ‘With only split seconds to spare, you can make a single move.’
    • ‘Chambers, 24, was grabbing for his left leg within split seconds of Lewis-Francis.’
    • ‘For those split seconds it felt like someone else was controlling me.’
    • ‘All this was happening in split seconds, but I realised what he was up to.’
    • ‘After running faster that I ever had to in my life, I made it mere split seconds before the exam was due to start.’
    • ‘Then there is one of those split seconds during which three things happen.’
    • ‘He's just a split second away, and once that has happened he will score a lot.’
    • ‘Chan could make the coins on a Vegas table disappear in a split second or change the time on a watch with only a quick touch.’
    • ‘Then, in the split second following the blast, she thought the fishing boat's diesel engine had blown up.’
    • ‘Hewitt's gentle nature was then revealed in the split second afterwards.’
    short time, little while, bit, moment, minute, second, split second, trice, twinkling, twinkling of an eye, flash, no time, less than no time, no time at all


  • Very rapid or accurate.

    ‘split-second timing is crucial’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It was a Thanksgiving appearance that was a masterpiece of complex planning and split-second timing.’
    • ‘Muse on vital need for split-second timing but also metronomic rhythm when playing farce.’
    • ‘The legal team is currently based in another building, so cannot make a split-second judgment when new footage arrives just before airtime.’
    • ‘By introducing a half-life to the split-second glance, Matt is opening up an uncanny world of absence as well as a new protocol for presence.’
    • ‘PC Foster said he believed that Mr Lee's lack of riding experience caused him to make a split-second decision to overtake on a bend.’
    • ‘Sometimes you are going to make an error as you have to make split-second decisions, but people are understanding the right and wrong time to get a play on.’
    • ‘This aims to avoid drivers making split-second decisions while pursuing criminals at up to 70 mph in urban areas.’
    • ‘But it was a split-second shove that was to wreck two young lives and cause unbearable misery for their families and loved ones.’
    • ‘What stalled him was a split-second act that was his last.’
    • ‘I couldn't say if it was hard or easy; but it certainly was fun, making split-second decisions.’
    • ‘But does any A-list talent actually commit to anything more than a split-second cameo?’
    • ‘At this speed it would take only an instant, a tiny split-second shift, for things to go badly wrong.’
    • ‘Even though they're split-second, the trainspotter/ex-DJ in me recognises nearly half of them.’
    • ‘Another western person can be read instantly - a split-second check-out.’
    • ‘This routine demands perfect choreography and split-second timing, particularly from the getaway driver.’
    • ‘A mother relived a split-second disaster which wiped out her young family three weeks before Christmas.’
    • ‘He was very shocked - not really understanding the split second decisions that got him out of there alive.’