noun 1/60 of a minute; the basic unit of time adopted under the Systeme International d'Unites
noun an indefinitely short time
moment; bit; mo; minute.
- wait just a moment
- in a mo
- it only takes a minute
- in just a bit
noun the fielding position of the player on a baseball team who is stationed near the second of the bases in the infield
noun a particular point in time
moment; instant; minute.
- the moment he arrived the party began
noun following the first in an ordering or series
- he came in a close second
noun a 60th part of a minute of arc
- the treasure is 2 minutes and 45 seconds south of here
noun the official attendant of a contestant in a duel or boxing match
noun a speech seconding a motion
indorsement; secondment; endorsement.
noun 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
noun merchandise that has imperfections; usually sold at a reduced price without the brand name
verb give support or one's approval to
indorse; back; endorse.
- I'll second that motion
- I can't back this plan
- endorse a new project
verb transfer an employee to a different, temporary assignment
- The officer was seconded for duty overseas
adjective satellite coming next after the first in position in space or time or degree or magnitude
adjective a part or voice or instrument or orchestra section lower in pitch than or subordinate to the first
- second flute
- the second violins
adverb in the second place
- second, we must consider the economy
F., fr. L. secundus
second, properly, following, fr. sequi
to follow. See Sue
to follow, and cf. Secund
- Immediately following the first; next to the first in order of place or time; hence, occuring again; another; other.
And he slept and dreamed the second time.
Gen. xli. 5.
- 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.
- Being of the same kind as another that has preceded; another, like a protype; as, a second Cato; a second Troy; a second deluge.
A Daniel, still say I, a second Daniel!
- One who, or that which, follows, or comes after; one next and inferior in place, time, rank, importance, excellence, or power.
an angel's second, nor his second long.
- 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.
Sir H. Wotton.
- Aid; assistance; help. Obs.
Give second, and my love
Is everlasting thine.
- pl. An article of merchandise of a grade inferior to the best; esp., a coarse or inferior kind of flour.
- F. seconde. See Second, a. 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.
- In the duodecimal system of mensuration, the twelfth part of an inch or prime; a line. See Inch, and Prime, n., 8.
- (Mus.) (a) The interval between any tone and the tone which is represented on the degree of the staff next above it. (b) The second part in a concerted piece; -- often popularly applied to the alto.
Sec"ond transitive verb
Cf. F. seconder
, L. secundare
, from secundus
. See Second
imperfect & past participle Seconded; present participle & verbal noun Seconding
- To follow in the next place; to succeed; to alternate. R.
In the method of nature, a low valley is immediately seconded with an ambitious hill.
Sin is seconded with sin.
- 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.
- Specifically, to support, as a motion or proposal, by adding one's voice to that of the mover or proposer.
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