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 valley is immediately seconded with an ambitious hill. --Fuller. [1913 Webster]

Sin is seconded with sin. --South. [1913 Webster]

2. 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. [1913 Webster]

We have supplies to second our attempt. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

In human works though labored on with pain, A thousand movements scarce one purpose gain; In God's, one single can its end produce, Yet serves to second too some other use. --Pope. [1913 Webster]

3. Specifically, (Parliamentary Procedure) to support, as a motion[6] or proposal, by adding one's voice to that of the mover or proposer. [1913 Webster]

Note: Under common parliamentary rules used by many organizations, especially legislative bodies, a motion must be seconded in order to come properly before the deliberative body for discussion. Any motion[6] for which there is no second[8] dies for lack thereof. [PJC]

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