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Secondadjective

Number-two; following after the first one with nothing between them. The ordinal number corresponding to the cardinal number two.

‘He lives on Second Street.’; ‘The second volume in "The Lord of the Rings" series is called "The Two Towers".’; ‘You take the first one, and I'll have the second.’;

Megasecondnoun

A unit of time equal to 1,000,000 seconds and with symbol Ms.

Secondadjective

Next to the first in value, power, excellence, dignity, or rank; secondary; subordinate; inferior.

Secondadjective

Being of the same kind as one that has preceded; another.

Secondadverb

(with superlative) After the first; at the second rank.

‘Saturn is the second largest planet.’;

Secondadverb

After the first occurrence but before the third.

‘He is batting second today.’;

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Secondnoun

One that is number two in a series.

Secondnoun

One that is next in rank, quality, precedence, position, status, or authority.

Secondnoun

The place that is next below or after first in a race or contest.

Secondnoun

(usually in the plural) A manufactured item that, though still usable, fails to meet quality control standards.

‘They were discounted because they contained blemishes, nicks or were otherwise factory seconds.’;

Secondnoun

(usually in the plural) An additional helping of food.

‘That was good barbecue. I hope I can get seconds.’;

Secondnoun

A chance or attempt to achieve what should have been done the first time, usually indicating success this time around. (See second-guess.)

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Secondnoun

(music) The interval between two adjacent notes in a diatonic scale (either or both of them may be raised or lowered from the basic scale via any type of accidental).

Secondnoun

The second gear of an engine.

Secondnoun

(baseball) Second base.

Secondnoun

The agent of a party to an honour dispute whose role was to try to resolve the dispute or to make the necessary arrangements for a duel.

Secondnoun

A Cub Scout appointed to assist the sixer.

Secondnoun

One-sixtieth of a minute; the SI unit of time, defined as the duration of 9,192,631,770 periods of radiation corresponding to the transition between two hyperfine levels of caesium-133 in a ground state at a temperature of absolute zero and at rest.

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Secondnoun

A unit of angle equal to one-sixtieth of a minute of arc or one part in 3600 of a degree.

Secondnoun

(informal) A short, indeterminate amount of time.

‘I'll be there in a second.’;

Secondnoun

One who supports another in a contest or combat, such as a dueller's assistant.

Secondnoun

One who supports or seconds a motion, or the act itself, as required in certain meetings to pass judgement etc.

‘If we want the motion to pass, we will need a second.’;

Secondnoun

(obsolete) Aid; assistance; help.

Secondverb

(transitive) To agree as a second person to (a proposal), usually to reach a necessary quorum of two. (See under #Etymology 3 for translations.)

‘I second the motion.’;

Secondverb

To follow in the next place; to succeed.

Secondverb

(climbing) To climb after a lead climber.

Secondverb

To transfer temporarily to alternative employment.

Secondverb

(transitive) To assist or support; to back.

Secondverb

(transitive) To agree as a second person to (a proposal), usually to reach a necessary quorum of two. (This may come from the English adjective above.)

‘I second the motion.’;

Secondadjective

Immediately following the first; next to the first in order of place or time; hence, occurring again; another; other.

‘And he slept and dreamed the second time.’;

Secondadjective

Next to the first in value, power, excellence, dignity, or rank; secondary; subordinate; inferior.

‘May the day when we become the second people upon earth . . . be the day of our utter extirpation.’;

Secondadjective

Being of the same kind as another that has preceded; another, like a prototype; as, a second Cato; a second Troy; a second deluge.

‘A Daniel, still say I, a second Daniel!’; ‘On second thoughts, gentlemen, I don't wish you had known him.’;

Secondnoun

One who, or that which, follows, or comes after; one next and inferior in place, time, rank, importance, excellence, or power.

‘ManAn angel's second, nor his second long.’;

Secondnoun

One who follows or attends another for his support and aid; a backer; an assistant; specifically, one who acts as another's aid in a duel.

‘Being sure enough of seconds after the first onset.’;

Secondnoun

Aid; assistance; help.

‘Give second, and my loveIs everlasting thine.’;

Secondnoun

An article of merchandise of a grade inferior to the best; esp., a coarse or inferior kind of flour.

Secondnoun

The sixtieth part of a minute of time or of a minute of space, that is, the second regular subdivision of the degree; as, sound moves about 1,140 English feet in a second; five minutes and ten seconds north of this place.

Secondnoun

In the duodecimal system of mensuration, the twelfth part of an inch or prime; a line. See Inch, and Prime, n., 8.

Secondnoun

The interval between any tone and the tone which is represented on the degree of the staff next above it.

Secondnoun

A motion in support of another motion which has been moved in a deliberative body; a motion without a second dies without discussion.

Secondverb

To follow in the next place; to succeed; to alternate.

‘In the method of nature, a low valley is immediately seconded with an ambitious hill.’; ‘Sin is seconded with sin.’;

Secondverb

To follow or attend for the purpose of assisting; to support; to back; to act as the second of; to assist; to forward; to encourage.

‘We have supplies to second our attempt.’; ‘In human works though labored on with pain,A thousand movements scarce one purpose gain;In God's, one single can its end produce,Yet serves to second too some other use.’;

Secondverb

to support, as a motion{6} or proposal, by adding one's voice to that of the mover or proposer.

Secondnoun

1/60 of a minute; the basic unit of time adopted under the Systeme International d'Unites

Secondnoun

an indefinitely short time;

‘wait just a moment’; ‘it only takes a minute’; ‘in just a bit’;

Secondnoun

the fielding position of the player on a baseball team who is stationed near 2nd base

Secondnoun

a particular point in time;

‘the moment he arrived the party began’;

Secondnoun

following the first in an ordering or series;

‘he came in a close second’;

Secondnoun

a 60th part of a minute of arc;

‘the treasure is 2 minutes and 45 seconds south of here’;

Secondnoun

the official attendant of a contestant in a duel or boxing match

Secondnoun

a speech seconding a motion;

‘do I hear a second?’;

Secondnoun

the gear that has the second lowest forward gear ratio in the gear box of a motor vehicle;

‘he had to shift down into second to make the hill’;

Secondnoun

merchandise that has imperfections; usually sold at a reduced price without the brand name

Secondverb

give support or one's approval to;

‘I'll second that motion’; ‘I can't back this plan’; ‘endorse a new project’;

Secondverb

transfer an employee to a different, temporary assignment;

‘The officer was seconded for duty overseas’;

Secondadjective

coming next after the first in position in space or time or degree or magnitude

Secondadjective

coming next after first;

‘a second chance’; ‘the second vice president’;

Secondadjective

a part or voice or instrument or orchestra section lower in pitch than or subordinate to the first;

‘second flute’; ‘the second violins’;

Secondadjective

having the second highest gear ratio;

‘second gear’;

Secondadverb

in the second place;

‘second, we must consider the economy’;

Secondverb

formally support or endorse (a nomination or resolution or its proposer) as a necessary preliminary to adoption or further discussion

‘Bridgeman seconded Maxwell's motion calling for the reform’;

Secondverb

express agreement with

‘her view is seconded by most Indian leaders today’;

Secondverb

support; back up

‘so well was he seconded by the multitude of labourers at his command’;

Secondverb

transfer (a military officer or other official or worker) temporarily to other employment or another position

‘I was seconded to a public relations unit’;

Secondnoun

a sixtieth of a minute of time, which as the SI unit of time is defined in terms of the natural periodicity of the radiation of a caesium-133 atom.

Secondnoun

a very short time

‘his eyes met Charlotte's for a second’;

Secondnoun

a sixtieth of a minute of angular distance.

Second

The second (symbol: s, abbreviation: sec) is the base unit of time in the International System of Units (SI) (French: Système International d’unités), commonly understood and historically defined as 1⁄86400 of a day – this factor derived from the division of the day first into 24 hours, then to 60 minutes and finally to 60 seconds each. Analog clocks and watches often have sixty tick marks on their faces, representing seconds (and minutes), and a to mark the passage of time in seconds.

‘second hand’;

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