# Second

The **second** (SI symbol: **s**), sometimes abbreviated **sec.**, is the name of a unit of time, and is the International System of Units (SI) base unit of time. It may be measured using a clock.

SI prefixes are frequently combined with the word *second* to denote subdivisions of the second, *e.g.*, the millisecond (one thousandth of a second), the microsecond (one millionth of a second), and the nanosecond (one billionth of a second). Though SI prefixes may also be used to form multiples of the second such as kilosecond (one thousand seconds), such units are rarely used in practice. More commonly encountered, non-SI units of time such as the minute (min) and hour (h) increase by multiples of 60 and 24 (rather than by powers of ten as in SI).

The second was also the base unit of time in the centimetre-gram-second, metre-kilogram-second, metre-tonne-second, and foot-pound-second systems of units.