first floor
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. [1913 Webster]

And he slept and dreamed the second time. --Gen. xli. 5. [1913 Webster]

2. Next to the first in value, power, excellence, dignity, or rank; secondary; subordinate; inferior. [1913 Webster]

May the day when we become the second people upon earth . . . be the day of our utter extirpation. --Landor. [1913 Webster]

3. Being of the same kind as another that has preceded; another, like a prototype; as, a second Cato; a second Troy; a second deluge. [1913 Webster]

A Daniel, still say I, a second Daniel! --Shak. [1913 Webster]

{Second Adventist}. See {Adventist}.

{Second cousin}, the child of a cousin.

{Second-cut file}. See under {File}.

{Second distance} (Art), that part of a picture between the foreground and the background; -- called also {middle ground}, or {middle distance}. [R.]

{Second estate} (Eng.), the House of Peers.

{Second girl}, a female house-servant who does the lighter work, as chamber work or waiting on table.

{Second intention}. See under {Intention}.

{Second story}, {Second floor}, in America, the second range of rooms from the street level. This, in England, is called the {first floor}, the one beneath being the {ground floor}.

{Second thought} or {Second thoughts}, consideration of a matter following a first impulse or impression; reconsideration. [1913 Webster]

On second thoughts, gentlemen, I don't wish you had known him. --Dickens. [1913 Webster]


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  • First floor — First First (f[ e]rst), a. [OE. first, furst, AS. fyrst; akin to Icel. fyrstr, Sw. & Dan. f[ o]rste, OHG. furist, G. f[ u]rst prince; a superlatiye form of E. for, fore. See {For}, {Fore}, and cf. {Formeer}, {Foremost}.] 1. Preceding all others… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • first floor — n 1.) the first floor BrE the floor of a building just above the one at the bottom level →↑ground floor ▪ a flat on the first floor 2.) the first floor AmE the floor of a building at the bottom level ▪ Fire broke out on the first floor of the… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • first floor — first floors 1) N COUNT: usu the N in sing The first floor of a building is the floor immediately above the one at ground level. [BRIT] (in AM, use second floor) 2) N COUNT: usu the N in sing The first floor of a building is the one at ground… …   English dictionary

  • first floor — first′ floor′ n. 1) bui the ground floor of a building 2) bui Chiefly Brit. the floor next above the ground floor of a building • Etymology: 1655–65 …   From formal English to slang

  • first-floor — ˌfirst ˈfloor ; adjective only before noun • a first floor flat/apartment Main entry: ↑first floorderived …   Useful english dictionary

  • first floor — n. 1. the ground floor of a building 2. chiefly in Europe and Great Britain, the floor above this …   English World dictionary

  • first floor — ground ground (ground), n. [OE. ground, grund, AS. grund; akin to D. grond, OS., G., Sw., & Dan. grund, Icel. grunnr bottom, Goth. grundus (in composition); perh. orig. meaning, dust, gravel, and if so perh. akin to E. grind.] 1. The surface of… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • first-floor — adj. First floor is used with these nouns: ↑apartment, ↑bedroom, ↑flat, ↑gallery, ↑landing, ↑room, ↑window …   Collocations dictionary

  • first floor — noun a) The floor of a building at the level of the street or surrounding ground; the ground floor b) The floor of a building one above the ground floor …   Wiktionary

  • first floor — noun (C) 1 BrE the floor of a building just above the one at the bottom level 2 AmE the floor of a building at the bottom level compare ground floor (1), see floor 1 …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

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