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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2015
sec•ond1 /ˈsɛkənd/USA pronunciationadj.
next after the first;
next after the first in place, time, etc.:the second person in command.
[before a noun] alternate:every second week.
Music and Dance[before a noun] (in music) being the lower of two parts for the same instrument or voice:second alto.
[before a noun] other; another:The judge was like a second Solomon.
[countable] one who aids or supports another.
Automotive[uncountable] second gear:The gearshift sticks when I try to shift into second.
Usually,seconds. [plural] an additional helping of food:Can we have seconds on the turkey?
(in parliamentary procedure) [countable]
- one who expresses formal support of a motion.
Business[countable] Usually,seconds. [plural] goods of less than the highest quality.
v. [~ + object]
Government(in parliamentary procedure) to express formal support of (a motion, etc.), as a necessary step before further discussion or voting:I second the motion.
in the second place:The catcher is batting second.
- an act or instance of such support:There is a motion before you; do I hear a second?
sec•ond2 /ˈsɛkənd/USA pronunciation
- second to none, [often: be + ~] very good; the best:an athlete who is clearly second to none.
- Timethe sixtieth part of a minute of time.
- a moment or instant:It takes only a second to phone.
- Mathematicsthe sixtieth part of a minute of a measure of an angle, often represented by the sign ʺ, as in 30ʺ, which is read as "30 seconds.''
Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
second /ˈsɛkənd/ adj (usually prenominal)
- coming directly after the first in numbering or counting order, position, time, etc; being the ordinal number of two: often written 2nd
- (as noun): the second in line
- rated, graded, or ranked between the first and third levels
- alternate: every second Thursday
- additional; extra: a second opportunity
- resembling a person or event from an earlier period of history; unoriginal: a second Wagner
- of lower quality; inferior
- denoting the lowest but one forward ratio of a gearbox in a motor vehicle
- relating to or denoting a musical part, voice, or instrument lower in pitch than another part, voice, or instrument (the first): the second tenors
- at second hand ⇒ by hearsay
- Brit an honours degree of the second class, usually further divided into an upper and lower designation
Full term: second-class honours degree
- the lowest but one forward ratio of a gearbox in a motor vehicle
- (in boxing, duelling, etc) an attendant who looks after a competitor
- a speech seconding a motion or the person making it
- the interval between one note and another lying next above or below it in the diatonic scale
- (plural) goods of inferior quality
- (plural) informal a second helping of food
- (plural) the second course of a meal
- to give aid or backing to
- (in boxing, etc) to act as second to (a competitor)
- to make a speech or otherwise express formal support for (a motion already proposed)
- Also: secondly in the second place
Etymology: 13th Century: via Old French from Latin secundus coming next in order, from sequī to followˈseconder n
- Also: secondly as the second point: linking what follows with the previous statement
second /ˈsɛkənd/ n
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
- 1/60 of a minute of time
- 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
- 1/60 of a minute of angle
- a very short period of time; moment
second /sɪˈkɒnd/ vb (transitive) Brit
Etymology: 19th Century: from French en second in second rank (or position)
- to transfer (an employee) temporarily to another branch, etc
- to transfer (an officer) to another post, often retiring him to a staff or nonregimental position