[ US /ˈsɛkənd/ ]
  1. a part or voice or instrument or orchestra section lower in pitch than or subordinate to the first
    second flute
    the second violins
  2. coming next after the first in position in space or time or degree or magnitude
  1. a speech seconding a motion
    do I hear a second?
  2. the fielding position of the player on a baseball team who is stationed near the second of the bases in the infield
  3. a 60th part of a minute of arc
    the treasure is 2 minutes and 45 seconds south of here
  4. 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
  5. 1/60 of a minute; the basic unit of time adopted under the Systeme International d'Unites
  6. an indefinitely short time
    in just a bit
    wait just a moment
    it only takes a minute
    in a mo
  7. merchandise that has imperfections; usually sold at a reduced price without the brand name
  8. following the first in an ordering or series
    he came in a close second
  9. the official attendant of a contestant in a duel or boxing match
  10. a particular point in time
    the moment he arrived the party began
  1. give support or one's approval to
    I'll second that motion
    I can't back this plan
    endorse a new project
  2. transfer an employee to a different, temporary assignment
    The officer was seconded for duty overseas
  1. in the second place
    second, we must consider the economy
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How To Use second In A Sentence

  • It sparked to life in the second act, when the symbolism gave way to themes of lust and sexual temptation.
  • When the King heard this, he bade his son be slain; but on the next day the second Wazir came forward for intercession and kissed ground in prostration. The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night
  • Second, that the entire Reichstag assented to the declarations made by the speakers on Tuesday that the Emperor had exceeded his constitutional prerogatives in private discussion with foreigners concerning Germany's attitude on controverted questions. New York Times Current History: The European War from the Beginning to March 1915, Vol 1, No. 2 Who Began the War, and Why?
  • Secondly, he makes the team too much money, raking in ticket and merchandise sales like crazy.
  • During adolescence , boys and girls will take on secondary sexual characteristics.
  • A second problem is damage caused by the buildup of excessive electrical charges in the plate from the unwanted ions.
  • She is daunted by the task ahead in the second of the six-part series. The Sun
  • Keeping specific goals and metrics for testing in mind not only helps track status and results, but also avoids the last-second scramble to pull together necessary reports.
  • The RAM has a first location for storing the data signal and a second location for storing the initialization status indicator.
  • For high-definition video, the umi needs an Internet connection that can send, or upload, data at 1.5 megabits per second, higher than that of typical DSL or cable services. Cisco Launches 'Umi' Telepresence Box To Turn TVs Into Videophones
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