Something that happens every hour can be called hourly. Something that occurs at a frequency of every week is called weekly. What word describes something that happens every minute? What about every second?


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There is no such word currently in common use. You should simply say it happens once every minute or once every second.

Although minutely and secondly exist, they mean completely different things.

  • I like the note about "minutely" and "secondly", but could you add links to make it clear what they do mean?
    – anon
    Commented Dec 4, 2015 at 20:54
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    Anecdata: as a software developer, I frequently hear minutely (pronounced like "MINute" the unit of time, not "minUTE" the adjective) used in the sense of once every minute. Can't say the same for secondly, though.
    – David
    Commented Dec 5, 2015 at 1:19

I think you have to use expressions like:

  • one second intervals


  • 60-second intervals

Ngram one second intervals, 60-second intervals

  • we should use at or in before ... intervals?
    – wsdzbm
    Commented May 7, 2018 at 15:34

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