Definitions for second handˈsɛk ənd ˌhænd for 1 ; ˈsɛk ənd ˈhænd for 2,3
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
sec•ond handˈsɛk ənd ˌhænd for 1 ; ˈsɛk ənd ˈhænd for 2,3(n.)
the hand that indicates the seconds on a clock or watch.
Idioms for second hand:
at second hand,through an intermediate source :
news heard at second hand.
Origin of second hand:
1425–75 for def. 3 ; 1750–60 for def. 1
not directly known or experienced:
previously used or owned:
dealing in previously used goods:
a secondhand bookseller.
(adv.)after another user or owner:
He bought it secondhand.
indirectly; at second hand:
heard the news secondhand.
Origin of secondhand:
an intermediate person; used in the phrase `at second hand'
"he could learn at second hand from books"
hand marking seconds on a timepiece
from a source of previously owned goods
"I prefer to buy second hand"
On a clock or watch, the hand or pointer that shows the number of seconds that have passed.