One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Of the order of a millimetre in length or thickness; relating to or employing electromagnetic radiation having a wavelength of 1 to 10 millimetres; measured or expressed in millimetres.
2Generally. As small as a millimetre (in figurative contexts); (of a distinction) very fine; (of accuracy) extreme. rare.
Late 19th century; earliest use found in Appletons' Journal. From millimetre + -ic, after metric.
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