Why is it that "milli" means "thousand" but milliseconds are only 1/100 of a second?
Wouldn't they be "centiseconds"? Because when you time something, it shows up as 15:32:78 or something.
- Randy PLv 79 years agoFavorite Answer
If you see a stopwatch showing 1/100's of a second, those are not milliseconds. They're 10s of milliseconds, or centiseconds as you said (though we don't commonly use that word). A millisecond is indeed 1/1000 of a second.
- 9 years ago
Time (hh:mm:ss) was established before the incarnation of the metric system, so why it isn't centiseconds is purely because of the 'time' it was created.
Which is why we have centimetres (1/100th of a metre) and millimetres (1/1000th of a metre).
- Anonymous9 years ago
milliseconds are 1/1000 of a second.