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Definitions of second

  1. a 60th part of a minute of arc; " the treasure is 2 minutes and 45 seconds south of here"
  2. give support or one's blessing to; " I'll second that motion"; " I can't back this plan"; " endorse a new project"
  3. a speech seconding a motion; " do I hear a second?"
  4. a particular point in time; " the moment he arrived the party began"
  5. merchandise that has imperfections; usually sold at a reduced price without the brand name
  6. an indefinitely short time; " wait just a moment"; " it only takes a minute"; " in just a bit"
  7. 1/ 60 of a minute; the basic unit of time adopted under the System International d'Unites
  8. the fielding position of the player on a baseball team who is stationed near 2nd base
  9. 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"
  10. the official attendant of a contestant in a duel or boxing match
  11. following the first in an ordering or series; " he came in a close second"
  12. in the second place; " second, we must consider the economy"
  13. coming next after first; " a second chance"; " the second vice president"
  14. 1/ 60 of a minute; the basic unit of time adopted under the Systeme International d'Unites
  15. transfer an employee to a different, temporary assignment; " The officer was seconded for duty overseas"
  16. give support or one's approval to; " I'll second that motion"; " I can't back this plan"; " endorse a new project"
  17. having the second highest gear ratio; " second gear"
  18. a part or voice or instrument or orchestra section lower in pitch than or subordinate to the first; " second flute"; " the second violins"
  19. coming next after the first in position in space or time or degree or magnitude
  20. Immediately following the first; next to the first in order of place or time; hence, occuring again; another; other.
  21. Next to the first in value, power, excellence, dignity, or rank; secondary; subordinate; inferior.
  22. Being of the same kind as another that has preceded; another, like a protype; as, a second Cato; a second Troy; a second deluge.
  23. One who, or that which, follows, or comes after; one next and inferior in place, time, rank, importance, excellence, or power.
  24. 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.
  25. Aid; assistance; help.
  26. An article of merchandise of a grade inferior to the best; esp., a coarse or inferior kind of flour.
  27. 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.
  28. In the duodecimal system of mensuration, the twelfth part of an inch or prime; a line. See Inch, and Prime, n., 8.
  29. The interval between any tone and the tone which is represented on the degree of the staff next above it.
  30. To follow in the next place; to succeed; to alternate.
  31. 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.
  32. Specifically, to support, as a motion or proposal, by adding one's voice to that of the mover or proposer.
  33. The second part in a concerted piece; - often popularly applied to the alto.
  34. Immediately following the first in order of place, or time; next to the first in value, excellence, merit, dignity, or importance; inferior; subordinate; as, a second lieutenant; being of the same kind as another that has gone before; as, a second Brutus; in music, lower in pitch than the main part.
  35. One who, or that which, is next to the first in place, rank, excellence, or power; one who attends a person who fights a duel; a backer; the one- sixtieth part of a minute of time or of a degree; in music, a part pitched below another.
  36. To act as a supporter of; assist; in parliamentary practice, support, as a motion, etc., by giving formal approval to the proposal of the mover.
  37. Following the first in any order or series.
  38. Immediately following the first: the ordinal of two: next in position: inferior.
  39. One who or that which follows or is second: one who attends another in a duel or a prize- fight: a supporter: the 60th part of a minute of time, or of a degree.
  40. To follow: to act as second: to assist: to encourage: to support the mover of a question or resolution.
  41. Inferior: subordinate.
  42. Next to the first; one who attends another in a duel; a supporter; the one- sixtieth of a minute.
  43. Next to the first; ordinal of two; inferior.
  44. To support; aid; support a motion.
  45. To support; promote.
  46. Seconder.
  47. Next in order after the first.
  48. Another; other.
  49. Lower in pitch.
  50. The one next after the first.
  51. An attendant, as in a duel.
  52. The 1/ 60 of a minute either of time or of angular measure.
  53. The interval between any note and the next above or below on the diatonic scale.
  54. The second note above the key note.
  55. The next following the first in order of place or time; next in value, power, dignity, & c.; inferior.
  56. Coarse flour.
  57. One or that next the first; one who attends another in a duel; a supporter; the sixtieth part of a minute, or a degree.
  58. To follow; to support; to encourage; to support, as a motion or the mover.
  59. The next in order to the first; next in value, power, excellence, rank, or relationship; inferior.
  60. One who accompanies another in a duel to direct or support him; a supporter; the sixtieth part of a minute of time or motion; in music, the interval between two succeeding sounds of a scale.
  61. To support or assist; to encourage; to promote.
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Quotes of second

  1. Many a man owes his success to his first wife and his second wife to his success. – Jim Backus
  2. I use Windows; '98 second edition and it works very good for me. You know, I just started on the computer about 9 months ago and am fascinated with the possibilities. I don't know what I would do without it now. – Jimmy Carl Black
  3. During the Second World War, evacuated to non -Jewish households, I encountered Christianity at home and in school. – Lionel Blue
  4. The second is there are some communities that we thought originally would take mobile homes that have decided they don't want them. And we're not going to cram mobile homes down the throats of communities in Louisiana and the Gulf- and other parts of the Gulf Coast. – Michael Chertoff
  5. By three methods we may learn wisdom: First, by reflection, which is noblest; Second by imitation, which is easiest; and third by experience, which is the bitterest. – Confucius
  6. Now I'm a painter. That was another opportunity I was able to pursue, I've been painting all my life, now it's become a second career because of my success in the movies. – Tony Curtis
  7. The reason bin Laden staggered the planes going into the towers was so every camera would be focused on the second tower when the plane hit. It was not only the murder, but the perpetual image of the horror that permeated into people's consciousness. – John Cusack
  8. I have always thought of Walt Disney as my second father. – Annette Funicello
  9. Two things are desired in order that intercourse may be had: First, that a minister or agent be allowed to reside at the capital. Second that commerce between different countries be freely allowed. – Townsend Harris
  10. Telling lies is a fault in a boy, an art in a lover, an accomplishment in a bachelor, and second -nature in a married man. – Helen Rowland
  11. I think we should worry about Social Security first and then tax cuts second – Bobby Scott
  12. Because in a split second it's gone. – Ayrton Senna
  13. Further, Japan is the second largest donor in Iraq after the United States, with over $5 billion dollars for humanitarian, infrastructure and reconstruction projects. – Michael K. Simpson
  14. I wouldn't take the Pope too seriously. He's a Pole first, a pope second and maybe a Christian third. – Muriel Spark
  15. First, the firearms industry has been around and has been respected for generations. They provide a valuable service and a highly desirable product to millions of sportsmen and supporters of those second amendment rights. – Cliff Stearns

Usage examples for second

  1. " Oh, I see: second wife. – The Quality of Mercy by W. D. Howells
  2. Thought the engine was going off for a second – Tom of the Raiders by Austin Bishop
  3. I am sorry for the poor party of the second part, though. – Grace Harlowe's Golden Summer by Jessie Graham Flower
  4. They called my lord Faruskiar a second time. – The Adventures of a Special Correspondent by Jules Verne
  5. On second thought you remind me of another feller. – Hopalong Cassidy by Clarence E. Mulford
  6. One second and a little for his voice to go. – Space Tug by Murray Leinster
  7. Second floor, door at the left. – San-Cravate; or, The Messengers; Little Streams by Charles Paul de Kock
  8. Well, what about the Second 'Rota'? – The Dark Forest by Hugh Walpole
  9. In a second or two we got the light. – Astounding Stories of Super-Science, March 1930 by Various
  10. For a second he lay still, then got to his feet. – Beyond The Thunder by H. B. Hickey
  11. It happened on the second day after his talk with Braden. – From the Housetops by George Barr McCutcheon
  12. Now for a second question. – The Everlasting Arms by Joseph Hocking
  13. He was right about the second point. – Time Crime by H. Beam Piper
  14. " One second more, and it would have been too late. – Hilda Wade A Woman With Tenacity Of Purpose by Grant Allen
  15. That is he, the second one. – Senator North by Gertrude Atherton
  16. In a second he was back at Russell's side. – Eric, or Little by Little by Frederic W. Farrar
  17. I wanted to hear his voice, if it was only for one second – The Adventures of a Special Correspondent by Jules Verne
  18. When she 'ain't got a front seat she should take a second seat. – Every Soul Hath Its Song by Fannie Hurst
  19. What is the second – The Lost Lady of Lone by E.D.E.N. Southworth
  20. Frank looked at him a second – None Other Gods by Robert Hugh Benson