- 1Constituting number two in a sequence; coming after the first in time or order; 2nd: he married for a second time Herbert was the second of their six children the second of October the second-youngest playerMore example sentences
- The second number in the order is something that I do not think that my learned friend has strong views upon.
- There have been a large number of orders and the second publication will be out shortly.
- The second defendant ordered the victim to leap down from the roof of a gazebo.
- 1.1Secondly (used to introduce a second point or reason): second, they are lightly regulated; and third, they do business with non-resident clientsMore example sentences
- First, it comes from the country that gave the world Mussolini and second, it will break down.
- 1.2 Music An interval spanning two consecutive notes in a diatonic scale.More example sentences
- It's a row you can hum, for it emphasizes thirds and fourths, rather than seconds and tritones.
- With its visceral tritones and flatted seconds, the band's sound revolved more around the riff than the song.
- There is little dissonance beyond frequent major seconds (next-door notes).
- 1.4The second in a sequence of a vehicle’s gears: he took the corner in secondMore example sentences
- I slip the bike into the second of 24 powerful gears and accelerate to six miles an hour.
- 1.5 Baseball Second base.More example sentences
- He looks for the same pitch with nobody on base as when there is a runner on second.
- 1.7 (seconds) • informal A second course or second helping of food at a meal.
- 1.8Denoting someone or something regarded as comparable to or reminiscent of a better-known predecessor: a fear that the conflict would turn into a second Vietnam
- 2Subordinate or inferior in position, rank, or importance: it was second only to Copenhagen among Baltic ports he is a writer first and a scientist secondMore example sentences
- Switzerland is perhaps second only to Germany in enthusiasm for Lebkuchen.
- The first one being simply waved off, it is the second aspect that takes importance.
- He has impressed in the health brief and is now ranked second favourite by some bookies.
- 2.1Additional to that already existing, used, or possessed: a second home French as a second languageMore example sentences
- The child may have already had some teaching in Swedish as a second language.
- Grainger denies one charge of robbery and a second charge of possessing a firearm with intent to commit robbery.
- Stakeholder pensions are second pensions in addition to the basic state pension that everyone gets.
- 2.2The second finisher or position in a race or competition: he finished secondMore example sentences
- The team have been regular entrants in the competition and finished second five years ago.
- After winning the qualifying heats she finished a close second in the final.
- Cindy Medina, based at Fairmount Park, finished second with nine points.
- 2.4 Music Performing a lower or subordinate of two or more parts for the same instrument or voice: the second violinsMore example sentences
- She played second violin in a philharmonic orchestra that happened to be visiting my town.
- We note that the twelve first violins were playing identical notes, as were the second violins.
- Lines are passed from the flutes, to the low brass, to the tubas and bass clarinets, and finally to the horns and second trumpets.
- 2.6 (the seconds) The reserve team of a sports club.More example sentences
- The clubs' first and third teams were due to play each other at Sandylands on December 27, while the seconds were scheduled to play at Settle on the same day.
- Stand-off Chris Meehan is fit again after his troubles in Newcastle city centre, when he was victim of an attack, but he will play for the seconds.
- Carlow ladies travelled to Kilkenny on Saturday to play this back match against Wexford seconds.
- 3An assistant, in particular:More example sentences
- The two second in commands, watched with hidden fear and amusement at the scene.
- 3.1An attendant assisting a combatant in a duel or boxing match.More example sentences
- It included a tryst with a young man, who volunteered to be a second in a duel.
- As the second stooped to assist her fallen friend, who should walk towards the hotel entrance but their hero.
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- 1Formally support or endorse (a nomination or resolution or its proposer) as a necessary preliminary to adoption or further discussion: Bridgeman seconded Maxwell’s motion calling for the reformMore example sentences
- Major supported her, and seconded her nomination for the first ballot.
- After the nomination was seconded, we voted on whether to give John a bid.
- The adoption of the plan was seconded by Councillor Richard Finn.
- 1.1Express agreement with: her view is seconded by most Indian leaders todayMore example sentences
- Leader of the US delegation, then-Vice President Al Gore's view was seconded and reiterated by distinguished speakers from all over the world.
- That view is seconded by Robert Bryce in his book.
- All evidence pointed to it and his gut feeling seconded his view.
in the second place
- As a second consideration or point.More example sentences
- And in the second place, it just leaves more room for you and me.
- And in the second place, it would also then change, I think, the attitude of the world towards the armed conflict.
- And in the second place, what sort of sense does it make to release details of the payment?
second to none
- The best, worst, fastest, etc.: the group has a reputation that is second to none in the building industryMore example sentences
incomparable, matchless, unrivalled, inimitable, beyond compare, unparalleled, without parallel, unequalled, without equal, unmatched, in a class of its own, beyond comparison, peerless, unsurpassed, unsurpassable, nonpareil, unique; perfect, consummate, rare, exquisite, transcendent, surpassing, superlative, supreme• rare unexampled
- The food was quite wonderful, the atmosphere perfect and the welcome second to none.
- This is a country that's proven second to none when it comes to putting curling on the TV airwaves.
- He worked harder than anyone and his course management was second to none.
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- Tuesday's election will hear proposers and seconders make their case for each of the three candidates before the voting.
- They will most likely record Maloney as proposer (which he was) and Flannery as seconder (which he was not).
- Frank English could not find a seconder for their proposals.
Middle English: via Old French from Latin secundus 'following, second', from the base of sequi 'follow'. The verb dates from the late 16th century.
- 1 (abbreviation: s) A sixtieth of a minute of time, which as the SI unit of time is defined in terms of the natural periodicity of the radiation of a caesium-133 atom. (Symbol: ʺ)More example sentences
- Torrance squeezed the trigger, waited twenty five seconds and fired again.
- God, why couldn't he have come just three seconds earlier?
- The score that well and truly got Tallow back into contention came just sixty seconds before the half-time break.
- 1.1 • informal A very short time: his eyes met Charlotte’s for a secondMore example sentences
moment, bit, little while, short time, instant, split second(very) soon, in a minute, in a moment, in a trice, in a flash, shortly, any minute, any minute now, in a short time, in an instant, in the twinkling of an eye, in (less than) no time, in no time at all, before you know it, before long; North American momentarily• informal in a sec, in a nanosecond, in a jiffy, in two shakes, in two shakes of a lamb's tail, before you can say Jack Robinson, in the blink of an eye, in a blink, in the wink of an eye, in a wink, before you can say knifeBritish • informal in a tick, in two ticks, in a moNorth American • informal in a snap
- Why, wait just one second… that's a gentleman on the stage!
- Everyone bought what was put in the basket without even a second's hesitation.
- In a second he was out of bed, running towards the burglar and ‘screeching’ at him to get out.
- 2 (also arc second or second of arc) A sixtieth of a minute of angular distance. (Symbol: ʺ)More example sentences
- In actual numbers its resolution is about half an arc second, which is equivalent of seeing a five cent piece from about 10 kilometres away.
- For a gyroscope in polar orbit, it works out to be about 0.041 arc second per year.
- It crosses at a point 50 seconds of arc to the east of the previous year.
late Middle English: from medieval Latin secunda (minuta) 'second (minute)', feminine (used as a noun) of secundus, referring to the ‘second’ operation of dividing an hour by sixty.
verb[with object] British
- Transfer (a military officer or other official or worker) temporarily to other employment or another position: I was seconded to a public relations unitMore example sentences
- The mutual aid process, in which officers are seconded to other forces, has also come under scrutiny.
- This trend continued after Crown rule in 1858 and nearly all military engineers seconded to the Indian Army were British sapper officers.
- Reed was its national convenor, while Bone and Cook were seconded to work for the forum from their Rotherham Council jobs.
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- What has been demonstrated is that they've been secondees to the Australian Crime Commission and they've been the subject of corruption allegations.
- Staff consist of secondees on two to three-year leave from departments.
- During its time in opposition, Andersen supplied secondees and ‘free work’ for Labour.
early 19th century: from French en second 'in the second rank (of officers)'.