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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Second \Sec"ond\, adjective [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.

And he slept and dreamed the second time. --Gen. xli. 5.

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

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

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.

A Daniel, still say I, a second Daniel! --Shak.

{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.

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

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Second \Sec"ond\, noun

1. One who, or that which, follows, or comes after; one next and inferior in place, time, rank, importance, excellence, or power.

Man An angel's second, nor his second long. --Young.

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.

Being sure enough of seconds after the first onset. --Sir H. Wotton.

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

Give second, and my love Is everlasting thine. --J. Fletcher.

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

5. [F. seconde. See {Second}, adjective] 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.

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

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.

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.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Second \Sec"ond\, verb (used with an object) [imp. & p. p. {Seconded}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Seconding}.] [Cf. F. seconder, L. secundare, from secundus. See {Second}, adjective]

1. To follow in the next place; to succeed; to alternate. [R.]

In the method of nature, a low valley is immediately seconded with an ambitious hill. --Fuller.

Sin is seconded with sin. --South.

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.

We have supplies to second our attempt. --Shak.

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.

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

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]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

second

adverb

1: in the second place; "second, we must consider the economy" [syn: {second}, {secondly}]

adjective

1: coming next after the first in position in space or time or degree or magnitude [syn: {second}, {2nd}, {2d}]

2: a part or voice or instrument or orchestra section lower in pitch than or subordinate to the first; "second flute"; "the second violins" [ant: {first}]

noun

1: 1/60 of a minute; the basic unit of time adopted under the Systeme International d'Unites [syn: {second}, {sec}, {s}]

2: an indefinitely short time; "wait just a moment"; "in a mo"; "it only takes a minute"; "in just a bit" [syn: {moment}, {mo}, {minute}, {second}, {bit}]

3: the fielding position of the player on a baseball team who is stationed near the second of the bases in the infield [syn: {second base}, {second}]

4: a particular point in time; "the moment he arrived the party began" [syn: {moment}, {minute}, {second}, {instant}]

5: following the first in an ordering or series; "he came in a close second"

6: a 60th part of a minute of arc; "the treasure is 2 minutes and 45 seconds south of here" [syn: {second}, {arcsecond}]

7: the official attendant of a contestant in a duel or boxing match

8: a speech seconding a motion; "do I hear a second?" [syn: {second}, {secondment}, {endorsement}, {indorsement}]

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" [syn: {second gear}, {second}]

10: merchandise that has imperfections; usually sold at a reduced price without the brand name [syn: {irregular}, {second}]

verb

1: give support or one's approval to; "I'll second that motion"; "I can't back this plan"; "endorse a new project" [syn: {second}, {back}, {endorse}, {indorse}]

2: transfer an employee to a different, temporary assignment; "The officer was seconded for duty overseas"


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