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I believed I use to see that the symbols: " and ' were abbreviations for time... is that still the case? I am trained as an Engineer or it is possible that I am confusing it with the longitude/latitude. I know that they are symbols for height.

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In addition to representing feet and inches, ' and " are also used for "minutes" and "seconds" respectively - whether this is in the context of latitude/longitude or in the context of time, although the latter is more informal.

  • Yeah, it's less common to see ' used for minutes of time and " used for seconds of time than it is to see those characters used for minutes and seconds of longitude/latitude. I wouldn't say that either is "informal", but the audience for time values is broader than that for longitude/latitude values and hence less likely to be familiar with the notation. – Hot Licks Jul 26 '16 at 19:45
  • I've seen it in timing contexts before, especially on stop watches with cheap displays. – Slepz Jul 26 '16 at 23:41

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