Second Sec"ond, n. 1. One who, or that which, follows, or comes after; one next and inferior in place, time, rank, importance, excellence, or power. [1913 Webster]

Man An angel's second, nor his second long. --Young. [1913 Webster]

2. 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. [1913 Webster]

Being sure enough of seconds after the first onset. --Sir H. Wotton. [1913 Webster]

3. Aid; assistance; help. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

Give second, and my love Is everlasting thine. --J. Fletcher. [1913 Webster]

4. pl. An article of merchandise of a grade inferior to the best; esp., a coarse or inferior kind of flour. [1913 Webster]

5. [F. seconde. See {Second}, a.] 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. [1913 Webster]

6. In the duodecimal system of mensuration, the twelfth part of an inch or prime; a line. See {Inch}, and {Prime}, n., 8. [1913 Webster]

7. (Mus.) (a) The interval between any tone and the tone which is represented on the degree of the staff next above it. (b) The second part in a concerted piece; -- often popularly applied to the alto. [1913 Webster]

8. (Parliamentary Procedure) A motion in support of another motion which has been moved in a deliberative body; a motion without a second dies without discussion. [PJC]

{Second hand}, the hand which marks the seconds on the dial of a watch or a clock. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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  • second — second, onde [ s(ə)gɔ̃, ɔ̃d ] adj. et n. • XIIe; secunt 1119; lat. secundus « suivant », de sequi « suivre » I ♦ Adj. (généralt avant le nom) et n. 1 ♦ Qui vient après une chose de même nature; qui suit le premier. ⇒ deuxième(on emploie …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • second — second, onde (se gon, gon d ; au XVIIe siècle, Marg. Buffet, Observ. p. 131, regarde comme une faute de prononcer le c comme un g ; au contraire, Chifflet, Gramm. p. 225, dit que le c se prononce comme un g ; le d se lie : un se gon t avis ;… …   Dictionnaire de la Langue Française d'Émile Littré

  • second — SECOND, [sec]onde. adj. numeral. Qui est immediatement aprés premier. Dans ce mot & dans ses derivez le C. se prononce comme un G. Il n est pas le premier, il n est que le second. le second livre. le second President. le second Capitaine. la… …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

  • Second — Sec ond, a. [F., fr. L. secundus second, properly, following, fr. sequi to follow. See {Sue} to follow, and cf. {Secund}.] 1. Immediately following the first; next to the first in order of place or time; hence, occurring again; another; other.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • second — second1 [sek′ənd] adj. [ME secunde < OFr < L secundus, following, second < sequi, to follow: see SEQUENT] 1. coming next after the first in order of place or time; 2d or 2nd 2. another; other; additional; supplementary [to take a second… …   English World dictionary

  • second — Ⅰ. second [1] ► ORDINAL NUMBER 1) constituting number two in a sequence; 2nd. 2) subordinate or inferior in position, rank, or importance. 3) (seconds) goods of an inferior quality. 4) (seconds) informal a second course or second helping of food… …   English terms dictionary

  • Second — Sec ond, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Seconded}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Seconding}.] [Cf. F. seconder, L. secundare, from secundus. See {Second}, a.] 1. To follow in the next place; to succeed; to alternate. [R.] [1913 Webster] In the method of nature, a low… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • Second — (en castellano: segundo) puede referirse a: Second, banda española. Second Coming (1994), álbum de The Stone Roses. Véase también Segundo, desambiguación. Esta página de desambiguación cataloga artículos relacionados con el mismo …   Wikipedia Español

  • second — Second, Secundus, Secundarius. Un second moy mesme, Alter ego. C est une seconde vie, Instar vitae. Le second apres le Roy, Secundus a Rege. Consul pour la seconde fois, Secundum consul, vel Iterum consul …   Thresor de la langue françoyse

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