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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.

  • 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.''

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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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