Definitions for secondˈsɛk ənd

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

sec•ondˈsɛk ənd(adj.)

  1. next after the first; being the ordinal number for two.

  2. being the latter of two equal parts.

  3. next after the first in place, time, or value.

  4. next after the first in rank:

    the second in command.

  5. alternate:

    every second week.

  6. inferior.

  7. being the lower of two parts for the same instrument or voice:

    second alto.

    Category: Music and Dance

  8. other; another:

    a second Solomon.

  9. pertaining to the gear transmission ratio at which drive shaft speed is greater than that of low gear but not so great as that of other gears for a given engine crankshaft speed.

    Category: Automotive

  10. (n.)a second part.

  11. the second member of a series.

  12. a person who aids or supports another.

  13. a person who advises a boxer between rounds or attends a duelist.

    Category: Sport

  14. second gear.

    Category: Automotive

  15. Usu., seconds. an additional helping of food.

  16. (in parliamentary procedure) a person who expresses formal support of a motion so that it may be discussed or put to a vote. an act or instance of expressing such support.

    Category: Government

  17. Usu., seconds. goods of less than the highest quality.

    Category: Business

  18. (v.t.)to assist or support.

  19. to further or advance, as aims.

  20. (in parliamentary procedure) to express formal support of (a motion, proposal, etc.), as a necessary preliminary to further discussion or to voting.

    Category: Government

  21. (adv.)in the second place; secondly:

    The catcher is batting second.

Origin of second:

1250–1300; ME (adj., n., and adv.) < OF (adj.) < L secundus following, next, second, der. of sec- (base of sequī to follow)


sec•ondˈsɛk ənd(n.)

  1. the sixtieth part of a minute of time. the base SI unit of time, equalling 9,192,631,770 cycles of radiation in a change in energy level of the cesium atom.

    Category: Horology

    Ref: Symbol: s 2 ; Abbr.: sec 5

  2. a moment or instant:

    It takes only a second to phone.

  3. the sixtieth part of a minute of angular measure, often represented by the sign 〃, as in 30〃, which is read as 30 seconds.

    Category: Math

Origin of second:

1350–1400; ME seconde < MF < ML secunda (minūta) second (minute)


  1. Brit. to transfer (an officer, official, or the like) temporarily to another post.

    Category: British

Origin of second:

1795–1805; < F second, n. use of the adj. in the phrase en second; see second1

Princeton's WordNet

  1. second, sec, s(noun)

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

  2. moment, mo, minute, second, bit(noun)

    an indefinitely short time

    "wait just a moment"; "in a mo"; "it only takes a minute"; "in just a bit"

  3. second base, second(noun)

    the fielding position of the player on a baseball team who is stationed near the second of the bases in the infield

  4. moment, minute, second, instant(noun)

    a particular point in time

    "the moment he arrived the party began"

  5. second(noun)

    following the first in an ordering or series

    "he came in a close second"

  6. second, arcsecond(noun)

    a 60th part of a minute of arc

    "the treasure is 2 minutes and 45 seconds south of here"

  7. second(noun)

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

  8. second, secondment, endorsement, indorsement(noun)

    a speech seconding a motion

    "do I hear a second?"

  9. second gear, second(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"

  10. irregular, second(adj)

    merchandise that has imperfections; usually sold at a reduced price without the brand name

  11. second, 2nd, 2d(adj)

    coming next after the first in position in space or time or degree or magnitude

  12. second(verb)

    a part or voice or instrument or orchestra section lower in pitch than or subordinate to the first

    "second flute"; "the second violins"

  13. second, back, endorse, indorse(verb)

    give support or one's approval to

    "I'll second that motion"; "I can't back this plan"; "endorse a new project"

  14. second(adverb)

    transfer an employee to a different, temporary assignment

    "The officer was seconded for duty overseas"

  15. second, secondly(adverb)

    in the second place

    "second, we must consider the economy"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. second(number)ɪˈkɒnd

    in the number two position

    the second person in line; Our team was second in the quiz.

  2. secondɪˈkɒnd

    one more than the first

    the second time we've eaten at this restaurant

  3. secondɪˈkɒnd

    to have doubts about a decision you have made

    I agreed to make a speech, but now I'm having second thoughts.

  4. secondɪˈkɒnd

    indicates you are about to change your mind

    I'll have the fish. On second thought, I'll have the omelet.

  5. second(noun)ɪˈkɒnd

    one of the sixty parts an hour is divided into

    Wait thirty seconds and then run.

  6. secondɪˈkɒnd

    a short time

    Wait a second - I'm not quite ready.

  7. secondɪˈkɒnd

    a slightly damaged item being sold cheaply

    a store that sells seconds

  8. second(adverb)ɪˈkɒnd

    in second place

    You go first, and I'll go second.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Second(adj)

    immediately following the first; next to the first in order of place or time; hence, occuring again; another; other

  2. Second(adj)

    next to the first in value, power, excellence, dignity, or rank; secondary; subordinate; inferior

  3. Second(adj)

    being of the same kind as another that has preceded; another, like a protype; as, a second Cato; a second Troy; a second deluge

  4. Second(noun)

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

  5. Second(noun)

    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

  6. Second(noun)

    aid; assistance; help

  7. Second(noun)

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

  8. Second(adj)

    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

  9. Second(adj)

    in the duodecimal system of mensuration, the twelfth part of an inch or prime; a line. See Inch, and Prime, n., 8

  10. Second(noun)

    the interval between any tone and the tone which is represented on the degree of the staff next above it

  11. Second(noun)

    the second part in a concerted piece; -- often popularly applied to the alto

  12. Second(adj)

    to follow in the next place; to succeed; to alternate

  13. Second(adj)

    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

  14. Second(adj)

    specifically, to support, as a motion or proposal, by adding one's voice to that of the mover or proposer


  1. Second

    The second is the base unit of time in the International System of Units and is also a unit of time in other systems of measurement it is the second division of the hour by sixty, the first division by 60 being the minute. Between 1000 and 1960 the second was defined as 1/86,400 of a mean solar day. Between 1960 and 1967, it was defined in terms of the period of the Earth's orbit around the Sun in 1900, but it is now defined more precisely in atomic terms. Seconds may be measured using mechanical, electric or atomic clocks. Astronomical observations of the 19th and 20th centuries revealed that the mean solar day is slowly but measurably lengthening and the length of a tropical year is not entirely predictable either; thus the sun–earth motion is no longer considered a suitable basis for definition. With the advent of atomic clocks, it became feasible to define the second based on fundamental properties of nature. Since 1967, the second has been defined to be: SI prefixes are frequently combined with the word second to denote subdivisions of the second, e.g., the millisecond, the microsecond, and the nanosecond. Though SI prefixes may also be used to form multiples of the second such as kilosecond, such units are rarely used in practice. The more common larger non-SI units of time are not formed by powers of ten; instead, the second is multiplied by 60 to form a minute, which is multiplied by 60 to form an hour, which is multiplied by 24 to form a day.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'second' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #228

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'second' in Written Corpus Frequency: #418

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'second' in Nouns Frequency: #459

Translations for second

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


next after, or following, the first in time, place etc

February is the second month of the year; She finished the race in second place.

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