Milliseconds To Seconds Conversion


1 ms = 0.001 s

Want to convert from seconds to milliseconds instead?

Disclaimer: We've spent hundreds of hours building and testing our calculators and conversion tools. However, we cannot be held liable for any damages or losses (monetary or otherwise) arising out of or in connection with their use. Full disclaimer.

How to convert milliseconds to seconds (ms to s)

Converting milliseconds to seconds involves a simple mathematical operation. There are 1000 milliseconds in one second, therefore the formula to calculate how many seconds are in a millisecond (seconds in ms) is: seconds = milliseconds ÷ 1000.This conversion is frequently encountered in computing, physics, and various scientific applications where precise timing is essential. To convert milliseconds to seconds, you divide the number of milliseconds by 1000.

Example Conversion

Let's take a look at an example. The step-by-step process to convert 200 milliseconds to seconds is:

  1. Understand the conversion formula: s = ms ÷ 1000
  2. Substitute the required value. In this case we substitute 200 for ms so the formula becomes: s = 200 ÷ 1000
  3. Calculate the result using the provided values. In our example the result is: 200 ÷ 1000 = 0.2 s

In summary, 200 milliseconds is equal to 0.2 seconds.

Converting seconds to milliseconds

In order to convert the other way around i.e. seconds to milliseconds, you would use the following formula: ms = s × 1000. To convert seconds to milliseconds first substitute the second value into the above formula, and then execute the calculation. If we wanted to calculate 1 second in milliseconds we follow these steps:

ms = s × 1000

m1 = s × 1000

ms = 1000

Or in other words, 1 second is equal to 1000 milliseconds.

Conversion Unit Definitions

What is a Millisecond?

A millisecond (ms) is a unit of time measurement that represents one thousandth (1/1,000) of a second. It is a small unit of time commonly used in various fields, including computing, telecommunications, and experimental sciences.
To provide an example of a millisecond, let's consider the time it takes for a computer to execute a simple instruction. Modern computers can perform millions or even billions of instructions per second, with each instruction typically taking only a few cycles to complete.
For instance, let's assume that a computer can execute a specific instruction in 0.1 milliseconds. This means that it takes 0.1 milliseconds, or one-tenth of a millisecond, for the computer to process that instruction.
In real-world scenarios, milliseconds are frequently encountered in tasks that require fast processing and response times. For example, in online gaming, the latency between a player's input and the response of the game server is measured in milliseconds. A low latency of a few milliseconds ensures a more responsive and seamless gaming experience.
Moreover, milliseconds are also used in telecommunications to measure call setup times, network response times, and other time-critical operations. For instance, the time it takes for a voice call to be established can typically be measured in milliseconds.
In summary, a millisecond (ms) is a unit of time that represents one thousandth of a second. The example of the time it takes for a computer to execute an instruction in 0.1 milliseconds illustrates how milliseconds are used to measure small durations, particularly in computing, telecommunications, and other time-sensitive applications.

What is a Second?

A second (s) is the base unit of time measurement in the International System of Units (SI). It is defined as the duration of 9,192,631,770 periods of the radiation corresponding to the transition between two hyperfine levels of the ground state of the cesium-133 atom.
To provide an example of a second, let's consider a simple action like snapping your fingers. The time it takes for the sound of a finger snap to occur is typically on the order of milliseconds, which is a fraction of a second. However, if we zoom in further, a second can be divided into smaller units such as milliseconds, microseconds, and nanoseconds.
For instance, if we take 1 second and divide it into smaller intervals of 1 millisecond each, we would have 1,000 milliseconds in a second. Each millisecond represents a thousandth of a second. This level of precision is often used in fields that require accurate time measurement, such as scientific experiments, computing, and telecommunications.
In everyday life, we use seconds as a fundamental unit of time to measure durations, intervals, and clock time. For example, when you count "1...2...3...," each count represents a second. When you check the time on a clock, it displays the hours, minutes, and seconds elapsed since midnight.
Additionally, seconds are crucial in measuring the speed of events, such as the time it takes for a car to accelerate from 0 to 60 miles per hour or the duration of a short video clip.
In summary, a second (s) is the base unit of time in the SI system. It represents the duration of 9,192,631,770 periods of the radiation corresponding to the transition between two hyperfine levels of the cesium-133 atom. The example of snapping your fingers highlights how seconds are used to measure everyday durations, and they can be further divided into smaller units like milliseconds for more precise time measurement.

Milliseconds To Seconds Conversion Table

Below is a lookup table showing common milliseconds to seconds conversion values.

Millisecond (ms)Second (s)
1 ms0.001 s
2 ms0.002 s
3 ms0.003 s
4 ms0.004 s
5 ms0.005 s
10 ms0.01 s
20 ms0.02 s
25 ms0.025 s
50 ms0.05 s
100 ms0.1 s
250 ms0.25 s
500 ms0.5 s
750 ms0.75 s
1000 ms1 s

Milliseconds To Seconds Conversion Chart