Definition of Second

1. Noun. 1/60 of a minute; the basic unit of time adopted under the Systeme International d'Unites.

Exact synonyms: S, Sec
Generic synonyms: Time Unit, Unit Of Time
Group relationships: Min, Minute
Specialized synonyms: Leap Second
Terms within: Millisecond, Msec

2. Verb. Give support or one's approval to. "Endorse a new project"

3. Adjective. Coming next after the first in position in space or time or degree or magnitude.
Exact synonyms: 2d, 2nd
Similar to: Ordinal

4. Adverb. In the second place. "Second, we must consider the economy"
Exact synonyms: Secondly

5. Noun. An indefinitely short time. "In just a bit"
Exact synonyms: Bit, Minute, Mo, Moment
Generic synonyms: Time
Specialized synonyms: Blink Of An Eye, Flash, Heartbeat, Instant, Jiffy, New York Minute, Split Second, Trice, Twinkling, Wink
Language type: Britain
Derivative terms: Momentaneous, Momentary

6. Verb. Transfer an employee to a different, temporary assignment. "The officer was seconded for duty overseas"
Generic synonyms: Reassign, Transfer
Derivative terms: Secondment

7. Adjective. A part or voice or instrument or orchestra section lower in pitch than or subordinate to the first. "The second violins"
Category relationships: Music
Antonyms: First

8. Noun. The fielding position of the player on a baseball team who is stationed near the second of the bases in the infield.
Exact synonyms: Second Base
Generic synonyms: Position
Group relationships: Baseball Team

9. Noun. A particular point in time. "The moment he arrived the party began"

10. Noun. Following the first in an ordering or series. "He came in a close second"
Specialized synonyms: Latter
Generic synonyms: Rank

11. Noun. A 60th part of a minute of arc. "The treasure is 2 minutes and 45 seconds south of here"
Exact synonyms: Arcsecond
Generic synonyms: Angular Unit
Group relationships: Arcminute, Minute, Minute Of Arc

12. Noun. The official attendant of a contestant in a duel or boxing match.
Generic synonyms: Attendant, Attender, Tender

13. Noun. A speech seconding a motion. "Do I hear a second?"
Exact synonyms: Endorsement, Indorsement, Secondment
Generic synonyms: Agreement
Derivative terms: Indorse

14. Noun. 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"
Exact synonyms: Second Gear
Generic synonyms: Gear, Gear Mechanism
Group relationships: Automotive Vehicle, Motor Vehicle

15. Noun. Merchandise that has imperfections; usually sold at a reduced price without the brand name.
Exact synonyms: Irregular
Generic synonyms: Merchandise, Product, Ware

Definition of Second

1. a. Immediately following the first; next to the first in order of place or time; hence, occurring again; another; other.

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

3. v. t. To follow in the next place; to succeed; to alternate.

Definition of Second

1. Adjective. The ordinal number corresponding to the cardinal number two. ¹

2. Adjective. Number-two; following immediately after the first one. ¹

3. Adjective. That which comes after the first. ¹

4. Noun. (context: usually in the plural) A manufactured item that, though still usable, fails to meet quality control standards. ¹

5. Noun. (context: usually in the plural) An additional helping of food. ¹

6. Noun. Another chance to achieve what should have been done the first time, usually indicating success this time around. (See second-guess.) ¹

7. Noun. (music) The interval between two adjacent notes in a diatonic scale (either or both of them may be raised or lowered from the basic scale via any type of accidental). ¹

8. Noun. The second gear of an engine. ¹

9. Noun. (baseball) Second base. ¹

10. Noun. (historical) A dueller's assistant. ¹

11. Noun. The SI unit of time, defined as the duration of 9,192,631,770 periods of radiation corresponding to the transition between two hyperfine levels of caesium-133 in a ground state at a temperature of absolute zero and at rest; one-sixtieth of a minute. ¹

12. Noun. A unit of angle equal to one-sixtieth of a minute of arc or one part in 3600 of a degree. ¹

13. Noun. A short, indeterminate amount of time. ¹

14. Verb. (transitive UK) Transfer temporarily to alternative employment. ¹

15. Verb. (transitive) To assist. ¹

16. Verb. (transitive) To agree as a second person to (a proposal), usually to reach a necessary quorum of two. ¹

17. Noun. The attendant of a contestant in a duel or boxing match, who must be ready to take over if the contestant drops out. In the case of a duel, the seconds may also fight each other at 90° to the other contestants. ¹

18. Noun. One who agrees in addition, or such a motion, as required in certain meetings to pass judgement etc. ¹

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Definition of Second

1. to give support or encouragement to [v -ED, -ING, -S]

Medical Definition of Second

1. 1. Immediately following the first; next to the first in order of place or time; hence, occuring 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 protype; 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 File. Second distance, 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 Intention. Second story, Story 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 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) Origin: F, fr. L. Secundus second, properly, following, fr. Sequi to follow. See Sue to follow, and cf. Secund. 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. "Give second, and my love Is everlasting thine." (J. Fletcher) 4. An article of merchandise of a grade inferior to the best; especially, a coarse or inferior kind of flour. 5. [F. Seconde. See Second] 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. 7. The interval between any tone and the tone which is represented on the degree of the staff next above it. The second part in a concerted piece; often popularly applied to the alto. Second hand, the hand which marks the seconds on the dial of a watch or a clock. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Second

secobarbital sodium
second-degree burn
second-degree burns

Literary usage of Second

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The Hague Conventions and Declarations of 1899 and 1907: Accompanied by by James Brown Scott (1915)
"The second International Peace Convocation. Conference, proposed in the first instance by the President of the United States of America, ..."

2. An Englishman in Paris: (notes and Recollections). by Albert Dresden Vandam (1892)
"CHAPTER I. The second Republic—Lamartine's reason for proclaiming it—Suspects Louis-Napoleon of similar motives for wishing to overthrow it—Telia him to go ..."

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