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Meaning of JIFFY

Pronunciation:  'jifee

WordNet Dictionary
[n]  a very short time (as the time it takes to blink once); "if I had the chance I'd do it in a flash"

JIFFY is a 5 letter word that starts with J.


 Synonyms: blink of an eye, flash, instant, New York minute, split second, trice, twinkling, wink
 See Also: bit, minute, moment, second



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Jif"fy\, n. [Perh. corrupt. fr. gliff.] [Written also
A moment; an instant; as, I will be ready in a jiffy.
[Colloq.] --J. & H. Smith.

Computing Dictionary

1. The duration of one tick of the computer's system clock. Often one AC cycle time (1/60 second in the US and Canada, 1/50 most other places), but more recently 1/100 sec has become common.

2. Confusingly, the term is sometimes also used for a 1-millisecond wall time interval. Even more confusingly, physicists semi-jokingly use "jiffy" to mean the time required for light to travel one foot in a vacuum, which turns out to be close to one *nanosecond*.

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Thesaurus Terms
 Related Terms: breath, breathing, coup, crack, flash, half a jiffy, half a mo, half a second, half a shake, instant, jiff, microsecond, millisecond, minute, moment, sec, second, shake, split second, stroke, tick, trice, twink, twinkle, twinkling, twitch, two shakes, wink