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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2015
sec•ond1 /ˈsɛkənd/USA pronunciation  adj. 
  • 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.

  • n. 
  • [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.
    • an act or instance of such support:There is a motion before you; do I hear a second?
  • 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.

  • adv. 
  • in the second place:The catcher is batting second.
  • idiom
    1. second to none, [often: be + ~] very good; the best:an athlete who is clearly second to none.

    sec•ond•ly, adv. 

    sec•ond2 /ˈsɛkənd/USA pronunciation   n. [countable]
    1. Timethe sixtieth part of a minute of time.
    2. a moment or instant:It takes only a second to phone.
    3. 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.''

    WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2015
    sec•ond1  (sekənd), 
    adj. 
    1. next after the first;
      being the ordinal number for two.
    2. being the latter of two equal parts.
    3. next after the first in place, time, or value:the second house from the corner.
    4. next after the first in rank, grade, degree, status, or importance:the second person in the company.
    5. alternate:I have my hair cut every second week.
    6. inferior.
    7. Grammar[Gram.]noting or pertaining to the second person.
    8. Music and Dance[Music.]being the lower of two parts for the same instrument or voice:second horn; second alto.
    9. other or another:a second Solomon.
    10. Automotive[Auto.]of, pertaining to, or operating at the gear transmission ratio at which drive shaft speed is greater than that of low gear but not so great as that of other gears for a given engine crankshaft speed:second gear.

    n. 
  • a second part.
  • the second member of a series.
  • a person who aids or supports another; assistant;
    backer.
  • Sport[Boxing.]a person who, between rounds of a prizefight, gives aid, advice, etc., to a boxer.
  • a person who serves as a representative or attendant of a duelist.
  • Automotive[Auto.]second gear.
  • a person or thing that is next after the first in place, time, or value.
  • a person or thing that is next after the first in rank, grade, degree, status, or importance.
  • Usually,seconds. an additional helping of food:He had seconds on the meat and potatoes.
  • (in parliamentary procedure)
    • a person who expresses formal support of a motion so that it may be discussed or put to a vote.
    • an act or instance of doing this.
  • British Terms(in certain British universities) a type or grade of college degree granted according to a student's performance on specific written and oral examinations.
  • [Music.]
    • a tone on the next degree from a given tone.
    • the interval between such tones.
    • the harmonic combination of such tones.
    • the lower of two parts in a piece of concerted music.
    • a voice or instrument performing such a part.
    • an alto.
  • BusinessUsually,seconds. goods below the first or highest quality, esp. containing visible flaws. Cf.first (def. 19),third (def. 12).
  • Metallurgy[Metall.]a piece of somewhat defective but salable tin plate.
  • Sport[Baseball.]See second base. 

  • v.t. 
  • to assist or support.
  • to further or advance, as aims.
  • Government(in parliamentary procedure) to express formal support of (a motion, proposal, etc.), as a necessary preliminary to further discussion or to voting.
  • Sportto act as second to (a boxer, duelist, etc.).

  • adv. 
  • in the second place, group, etc.;
    secondly:The catcher is batting second.
  • Etymology:
    • Latin secundus following, next, second, equivalent. to sec- (base of sequī to follow) + -undus adjective, adjectival suffix
    • Old French (adjective, adjectival)
    • Middle English (adjective, adjectival, noun, nominal and adverb, adverbial) 1250–1300
    second•er, n. 
    13 . aide, helper, agent, deputy.
    sec•ond2  (sekənd), 
    n. 
    1. Timethe sixtieth part of a minute of time.
    2. a moment or instant:It takes only a second to phone.
    3. Weights and Measures, Timethe basic unit of time in the International System of Units, equal to the duration of 9,192,631,770 cycles of radiation in a transition, or energy level change, of the cesium atom. Symbol: s, S;
      Abbr.: sec
    4. Mathematics[Geom., Astron.]the sixtieth part of a minute of angular measure, often represented by the sign ʺ, as in 30ʺ, which is read as 30 seconds. Cf.angle 1 (def. 1c).
    Etymology:
    • Medieval Latin secunda (minūta) second (minute), feminine of secundus second1
    • Middle French
    • Middle English seconde 1350–1400
    2 . jiffy, trice, wink, flash.
    se•cond3  (si kond), 
    v.t. 

      [Brit.]to transfer (an officer, official, or the like) temporarily to another post.
    Etymology:
    • French second, noun, nominal use of the adjective, adjectival in the phrase en second, as in lieutenant en second second lieutenant; see second1
    • 1795–1805


    Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

    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
    n
    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)
    adv
    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
      Symbol:
    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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