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second /ˈsɛkənd/ adj (usually prenominal)
  1. coming directly after the first in numbering or counting order, position, time, etc; being the ordinal number of two: often written 2nd
  2. (as noun): the second in line
  3. rated, graded, or ranked between the first and third levels
  4. alternate: every second Thursday
  5. additional; extra: a second opportunity
  6. resembling a person or event from an earlier period of history; unoriginal: a second Wagner
  7. of lower quality; inferior
  8. denoting the lowest but one forward ratio of a gearbox in a motor vehicle
  9. relating to or denoting a musical part, voice, or instrument lower in pitch than another part, voice, or instrument (the first): the second tenors
  10. at second handby hearsay
  1. Brit an honours degree of the second class, usually further divided into an upper and lower designation
    Full term: second-class honours degree
  2. the lowest but one forward ratio of a gearbox in a motor vehicle
  3. (in boxing, duelling, etc) an attendant who looks after a competitor
  4. a speech seconding a motion or the person making it
  5. the interval between one note and another lying next above or below it in the diatonic scale
  6. (plural) goods of inferior quality
  7. (plural) informal a second helping of food
  8. (plural) the second course of a meal
vb (transitive)
  1. to give aid or backing to
  2. (in boxing, etc) to act as second to (a competitor)
  3. to make a speech or otherwise express formal support for (a motion already proposed)
  1. Also: secondly in the second place
sentence connector
  1. Also: secondly as the second point: linking what follows with the previous statement
Etymology: 13th Century: via Old French from Latin secundus coming next in order, from sequī to follow

ˈseconder n
second /ˈsɛkənd/ n
  1. 1/60 of a minute of time
  2. the basic SI unit of time: the duration of 9 192 631 770 periods of radiation corresponding to the transition between two hyperfine levels of the ground state of caesium-133
    Symbol: s
  3. 1/60 of a minute of angle
  4. a very short period of time; moment
Etymology: 14th Century: from Old French, from Medieval Latin pars minūta secunda the second small part (a minute being the first small part of an hour); see second1
second /sɪˈkɒnd/ vb (transitive) Brit
  1. to transfer (an employee) temporarily to another branch, etc
  2. to transfer (an officer) to another post, often retiring him to a staff or nonregimental position
Etymology: 19th Century: from French en second in second rank (or position)

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