Definition of second line in English:

second line

Syllabification: sec·ond line


  • 1Anything used or held in reserve as support, replacement, or reinforcement, in particular.
  • 1.1 [usually as modifier] A medical treatment or therapy used in support of another, or as a more drastic measure if the primary treatment is ineffective.
    More example sentences
    • Another review of several case studies recommended oral and topical retinoids as second-line therapy for the treatment of flat warts.
    • No ideal second-line treatment has been established if the initial therapy fails to eradicate the organism.
    • These differences in second-line therapy may account for some part of the observed difference in survival.
  • 1.2A battle line behind the front line to support it and make good its losses.
    More example sentences
    • He tried to form a second line but Allied cavalry swept him away: by dawn on the 24th only about half his army was intact.
    • Badrand smiled as with a huge crash, his second line joined the battle.
    • Men in the first line fought until they were killed or wounded and then men from the second line would move up to fill the space.
  • 1.3 [as modifier] Ranking second in strength, effectiveness, ability, or value: the clutch of second-line U.S. computer manufacturers
    More example sentences
    • We have also had strong performances from some second-line stocks including Kingspan and Grafton Group.
    • But the working musicians who populate the neighborhood clubs, second-line parades and jazz brunches, are more vulnerable, often living gig to gig.
    • Fortunately their second-line bowlers were nowhere near as good.

More definitions of second line

Definition of second line in:

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove ads and access premium resources

Word of the day coloratura
Pronunciation: ˌkələrəˈto͝orə
elaborate ornamentation of a vocal melody