Second hand
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-hand — sec|ond|hand [ˌsekəndˈhænd] adj 1.) second hand things are not new when you get them, because they were owned by someone else before you ▪ second hand clothes ▪ a second hand car secondhand store/shop etc (=a shop that sells second hand things) 2 …   Dictionary of contemporary English

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  • second hand — second .hand1 n the long thin piece of metal that points to the seconds on a clock or watch second hand 2 second hand2 adv 1.) if you get something second hand, it is not new and has been used by other people before get/buy sth second hand ▪ We… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • second hand — second .hand1 n the long thin piece of metal that points to the seconds on a clock or watch second hand 2 second hand2 adv 1.) if you get something second hand, it is not new and has been used by other people before get/buy sth second hand ▪ We… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • second hand — is normally spelt as two words in uses such as heard at second hand, and is hyphened when used as an adjective (a second hand car) or adverbial phrase (They always buy second hand) …   Modern English usage

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  • second-hand — ► ADJECTIVE & ADVERB 1) (of goods) having had a previous owner; not new. 2) accepted on another s authority and not from original investigation. ● at second hand Cf. ↑at second hand …   English terms dictionary

  • second hand — n. 1. the hand that marks seconds on the face of a watch or clock 2. an intermediate person or thing: now only in (at) second hand, indirectly …   English World dictionary

  • second hand — noun count the HAND on some watches and clocks that points to seconds …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

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