What does second mean?

Definitions for second
ˈsɛk əndsec·ond

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word second.

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"

GCIDE

  1. Second(n.)

    (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.

    Etymology: [F. seconde. See Second, a.]

Webster Dictionary

  1. Second(adj)

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

    Etymology: [F., fr. L. secundus second, properly, following, fr. sequi to follow. See Sue to follow, and cf. Secund.]

  2. Second(adj)

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

    Etymology: [F., fr. L. secundus second, properly, following, fr. sequi to follow. See Sue to follow, and cf. Secund.]

  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

    Etymology: [F., fr. L. secundus second, properly, following, fr. sequi to follow. See Sue to follow, and cf. Secund.]

  4. Second(noun)

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

    Etymology: [F., fr. L. secundus second, properly, following, fr. sequi to follow. See Sue to follow, and cf. Secund.]

  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

    Etymology: [F., fr. L. secundus second, properly, following, fr. sequi to follow. See Sue to follow, and cf. Secund.]

  6. Second(noun)

    aid; assistance; help

    Etymology: [F., fr. L. secundus second, properly, following, fr. sequi to follow. See Sue to follow, and cf. Secund.]

  7. Second(noun)

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

    Etymology: [F., fr. L. secundus second, properly, following, fr. sequi to follow. See Sue to follow, and cf. Secund.]

  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

    Etymology: [F., fr. L. secundus second, properly, following, fr. sequi to follow. See Sue to follow, and cf. Secund.]

  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

    Etymology: [F., fr. L. secundus second, properly, following, fr. sequi to follow. See Sue to follow, and cf. Secund.]

  10. Second(noun)

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

    Etymology: [F., fr. L. secundus second, properly, following, fr. sequi to follow. See Sue to follow, and cf. Secund.]

  11. Second(noun)

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

    Etymology: [F., fr. L. secundus second, properly, following, fr. sequi to follow. See Sue to follow, and cf. Secund.]

  12. Second(adj)

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

    Etymology: [F., fr. L. secundus second, properly, following, fr. sequi to follow. See Sue to follow, and cf. Secund.]

  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

    Etymology: [F., fr. L. secundus second, properly, following, fr. sequi to follow. See Sue to follow, and cf. Secund.]

  14. Second(adj)

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

    Etymology: [F., fr. L. secundus second, properly, following, fr. sequi to follow. See Sue to follow, and cf. Secund.]

Freebase

  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Second

    sek′und, adj. immediately following the first: the ordinal of two: next in position: inferior: other: another: favourable.—n. one who, or that which, follows or is second: one who attends another in a duel or a prize-fight: a supporter: the 60th part of a minute of time, or of a degree.—v.t. to follow: to act as second: to assist: to encourage: to support the mover of a question or resolution: (mus.) to sing second to: to put into temporary retirement in the army, as an officer when holding civil office (usually sēcond′).n. Sec′ond-ad′ventist, one who lives in expectation of a second coming of Christ to establish a personal kingdom on earth, a premillenarian.—adv. Sec′ondarily, in a secondary manner or degree: (B.) secondly.—n. Sec′ondariness.—adj. Sec′ondary, following or coming after the first: second in position: inferior: subordinate: deputed.—n. a subordinate: a delegate or deputy.—adjs. Sec′ond-best, next to the best: best except one—(Come off second-best, to get the worst of a contest); Sec′ond-class, inferior to the first, as a second-class carriage.—ns. Sec′onder, one who seconds or supports; Sec′ond-flour, flour of a coarser quality, seconds.—adj. Sec′ond-hand, received as it were from the hand of a second person: not new: that has been used by another.—n. a hand for marking seconds on a clock or watch.—adv. Sec′ondly, in the second place.—ns. Sec′ond-mark, the character ″ as the mark in mathematics for a second of arc, in architecture for inches, and as a sign for a second of time; Secon′do, the lower part in a duet.—adj. Sec′ond-rate, being second in power, size, rank, quality, or value.—ns. Sec′ond-sight (see Sight); Sec′onds-pen′dulum, a pendulum which makes one oscillation per second of mean time.—Secondary education, that which is higher than primary or elementary; Secondary formation, rocks, strata, the Mesozoic strata; Secondary planet, a moon or satellite; Secondary school, a school for higher education; Second childhood, a condition of mental weakness often accompanying old age; Second coming, the second coming of Christ, or Second Advent; Second cousin, the child of a cousin; Second estate, the House of Lords; Second guard, an additional guard to a sword; Second story, in America, the second range of rooms from the first level, called in England the first floor; Second thoughts, reconsideration. [Fr.,—L. secundussequi, secutus, to follow.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. second

    The sixtieth part of a minute. A division of a degree of a circle. A term applied both to time and to space. Also, second in a duel; a very important part to play, since many a life may be saved without implicating honour.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. second

    The next in order to the first; the next in place or station; as, a second lieutenant of the artillery service.

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

How to pronounce second?

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How to say second in sign language?

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of second in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of second in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of second in a Sentence

  1. Chief Executive Joe Kaeser:

    They are getting more optimistic for the second half of the year than they have for the first half and actually 2019.

  2. Kris Kobach:

    Instead of walking out of class why don't you stay in class and spend the time studying the history of the Second Amendment. The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun.

  3. Ken Martin:

    A person familiar with the investigation confirmed to The Associated Press on Wednesday the boy was decapitated. Paul Oberhauser told local television station KCTV Paul Oberhauser shoulder restraint busted loose on Paul Oberhauser Verruckt raft July 26. The Nebraska man said The Nebraska man just held on, and a video shot by The Nebraska man wife shows the strap loose at the ride's end. Paul Oberhauser said Paul Oberhauser reported the matter to park workers. Kenneth Conrad, Kenneth Conrad, told WDAF-TV that during Kenneth Conrad trip down the waterslide last year with a friend, the friend's shoulder strap came completely off. Conrad's wife snapped a photo at the end of the ride showing the strap missing, and Kenneth Conrad didn't file a complaint with the park. The park's spokeswoman didn't return messages Tuesday from The Associated Press seeking comment on the claims. In a statement, she said a limited portion of the park will reopen at midday Wednesday. Riders sit in multi-person rafts that begin with the steep drop, followed by a surge up a second hill before a 50-foot descent to a finishing pool. Along the way, riders clutch ropes along the inside of the raft. In early tests, rafts carrying sandbags flew off the slide, prompting engineers to tear down half of the ride and reconfigure some angles. A promotional video about building the slide includes footage of two men riding a raft down a half-size test model and going slightly airborne as it crests the top of the first big hill. Caleb Schwab was in a raft with two adults who were not related to Caleb Schwab when Caleb Schwab was killed on the slide, certified by the Guinness Book of World Records as the world’s tallest. The other two were treated for facial injuries. Police were investigating the death as a criminal case although police spokesman Cameron Morgan said Tuesday that designation did not mean they suspect foul play. Jon Rust, a professor of textile engineering at North Carolina State University, said the material used on the straps, commonly called hook and loop, isn't designed to keep a person in the seat. It also can get old and degrade with use. It's got to be used in a safe manner, and that doesn't include stopping someone's fall or preventing someone's ejection, Jon Rust said. Ken Martin, Ken Martin, questioned whether the straps were appropriate for what Ken Martin called nothing more than a roller coaster with water. Although Ken Martin has not seen or ridden Verruckt, Martin said a more solid restraint system that fits over the body - similar to those used in roller coasters - may have been better. I think we have a serious issue with the restraint system. Period.

  4. Michael Williams:

    There was a very large boom and everything started to shake for just a second as the shock passed over, everything sort of shook, my desk was shaking, I was shaking, my chair was shaking.

  5. Australian Open:

    It was a tough one today, for sure, she really didn't give me anything for free. It was a tough first set. I'm glad that I was able to came back in the second. I didn't play great at the end of the first.

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Translations for second

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  • tweede, sekondeAfrikaans
  • ثانٍ, ثانية, ثانArabic
  • ikinci, saniyəAzerbaijani
  • другі, секундаBelarusian
  • секунда, вториBulgarian
  • দ্বিতীয়, সেকেন্ডBengali
  • daouvet, eil, eilennBreton
  • segona, segon, moment, instantCatalan, Valencian
  • vteřina, druhý, druhá jakost, sekundant, druhák, chvilka, sekunda, úhlová vteřina, okamžikCzech
  • ail, amrantiad, eiliadWelsh
  • anden, sekundavare, sekund, sekundant, støtte, næst-, nummer to, sekundere, bakke op, øjeblikDanish
  • Augenblick, zweiter, Moment, zweite Wahl, Sekundant, SekundeGerman
  • δεύτερη, δευτερόλεπτο, δεύτερος, μάρτυρας, υποστηρίζω, αποσπώ, λεπτό, στιγμήGreek
  • sekundo, duaEsperanto
  • momento, segundo, segunda, secundarSpanish
  • teine, sekund, toetamaEstonian
  • bigarren, segundoBasque
  • ثانیه, دومPersian
  • [[uusi]] mahdollisuus, [[toinen]] [[sija]], hetki, kakkonen, sekunti, toisena, sekunda, [[toinen]] [[mahdollisuus]], toiseksi, kakkossija, kannattaja, kakkospesä, toinen, sekundantti, lisää, kakkoslaatu, avustaja, kakkosvaihde, tukea, komentaa, kannattaa, seurata, kulmasekuntiFinnish
  • sekundFaroese
  • seconde, deux, deuxième, second, soutenir, instant, seconde d'angleFrench
  • twadde, 2e, sekonde, efkesWestern Frisian
  • dara, dóú, cuidigh, soicindIrish
  • dara, dàrna, diog, soiceandScottish Gaelic
  • segundoGalician
  • aravo'iveGuaraní
  • derreyManx
  • שני, דקה, דקות, שניהHebrew
  • दूसरा, सैकण्ड, सैकंडHindi
  • segonnHaitian Creole
  • második, másodperc, segéd, kettes, pillanatHungarian
  • երկրորդ, վայրկյան, երկվայրկյան, պահArmenian
  • secunde, secundarInterlingua
  • kedua, detik, sekonIndonesian
  • duesmaIdo
  • tvíund, annar, sekúndaIcelandic
  • secondo, padrino, appoggiare, sostenere, comandare, distaccare, attimo, momento, assecondare, secondareItalian
  • 二番目, セコンド, 第二, B級品, 秒Japanese
  • მეორე, წამი, სეკუნდიGeorgian
  • секунд, екіншіKazakh
  • ទីពីរ, វិនាទីKhmer
  • 초, 둘째Korean
  • دوه‌م, چرکه‌, سانیهKurdish
  • секунда, экинчиKyrgyz
  • secundum, altrum, momentumLatin
  • zweetLuxembourgish, Letzeburgesch
  • ທີ່ສອງ, ວິນາທີLao
  • antra, antrasLithuanian
  • otrā, otrais, sekundeLatvian
  • tuarua, hēkenaMāori
  • второстепена стока, секунда, секундант, втор, втора, миг, моментMacedonian
  • രണ്ടാമത്തെMalayalam
  • хоёрдугаар, секунд, хоромMongolian
  • kedua, saat, detikMalay
  • it-tieni, ta' sekonda, sekonda, dalwaqtMaltese
  • ဒုတိယ, စက္ကန့်Burmese
  • tweede, seconde, secondant, secunde, ondersteuner, herkansing, ondersteunen, moment, bijvallenDutch
  • andre, feilvare, sekundant, støtte, sekund, øyeblikkNorwegian
  • naaki góneʼ, tsį́įłgo yilkiłígíí, áłtsʼíísígoNavajo, Navaho
  • sekunda, sekundant, drugiPolish
  • دوهمPashto, Pushto
  • segundo, [[artigo]] [[de segunda]], segunda, instante, momento, apoiar, secundarPortuguese
  • secundaRomansh
  • al doilea, secund, susține, secundăRomanian
  • секунда, второй, секундант, момент, поддерживать, поддержать, командировать, откомандировать, откомандировывать, мигRussian
  • ٻِيو, ٻِي, ٻِيون, سيڪنڊSindhi
  • секунда, други, drugi, sekunda, sekund, секундSerbo-Croatian
  • දෙවැනි, තත්පරයSinhala, Sinhalese
  • sekunda, druhý, vyjadriť súhlas, podporiťSlovak
  • drúgi, sekunda, sekundantSlovene
  • ilbiriqsiSomali
  • dytë, sekondëAlbanian
  • detikSundanese
  • andra, andrahandsvara, sekund, sekond, tvåan, stödjande, utskottsvara, sekundant, bågsekund, sekundera, stödja, bifalla, instämma, ögonblickSwedish
  • sekunde, ya piliSwahili
  • நொடி, வினாடிTamil
  • సెకను, రెండోరకం, రెండవ, క్షణం, సెకండుTelugu
  • дуюм, сонияTajik
  • ที่สอง, วินาทีThai
  • ikinji, sekuntTurkmen
  • ikalawaTagalog
  • ikinci, saniyeTurkish
  • икенче, секундTatar
  • ئىككىنچى, سېكۇنتUyghur, Uighur
  • другий, секундаUkrainian
  • دوسرا, سیکنڈUrdu
  • sekund, ikkinchi, soniyaUzbek
  • giây, thứ, hai, thứ nhì, tán thành, ủng hộVietnamese
  • telid, sekunVolapük
  • saaWolof
  • צווייט, סעקונדעYiddish

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