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IEVref: | 113-01-11 | ID: | |

Language: | en | Status: Standard | |

Term: | timescale | ||

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Definition: | system of ordered marks which can be attributed to instants on the time axis, one instant being chosen as the origin NOTE 1 A timescale may be chosen as: - continuous, e.g. international atomic time (TAI) (see 713-05-18),
- continuous with discontinuities, e.g. coordinated universal time (UTC) (see 713-05-20) due to leap seconds, standard time due to summer time awinter time,
- successive steps, e.g. usual calendars, where the time axis is split up into a succession of consecutive time intervals and the same mark is attributed to all instants of each time interval,
- discrete, e.g. in digital techniques.
NOTE 2 For physical and technical applications, a timescale with quantitative marks is preferred, based on a chosen initial instant together with a unit of measurement. NOTE 3 Customary timescales use various units of measurement in combination, such as second, minute, hour, or various time intervals of the calendar such as calendar day, calendar month, calendar year. | ||

Publication date: | 2011-04 | ||

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Internal notes: | 2017-06-02: Cleanup - Remove Attached Image 113-01-11en.gif 2019-01-17: Editorial revision in accordance with the CC on C00043 to have a uniform spelling of “timescale” in all IEV entries. JGO | ||

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NOTE 1 A timescale may be chosen as:

- continuous, e.g. international atomic time (TAI) (see 713-05-18),
- continuous with discontinuities, e.g. coordinated universal time (UTC) (see 713-05-20) due to leap seconds, standard time due to summer time awinter time,
- successive steps, e.g. usual calendars, where the time axis is split up into a succession of consecutive time intervals and the same mark is attributed to all instants of each time interval,
- discrete, e.g. in digital techniques.

NOTE 2 For physical and technical applications, a timescale with quantitative marks is preferred, based on a chosen initial instant together with a unit of measurement.

NOTE 3 Customary timescales use various units of measurement in combination, such as second, minute, hour, or various time intervals of the calendar such as calendar day, calendar month, calendar year.