Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. An instant; a flash.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a very short time (as the time it takes the eye to blink or the heart to beat)

Etymologies

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.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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