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second1 British & World English

Constituting number two in a sequence; coming after the first in time or order; 2nd

second2 British & World English

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

second3 British & World English

Transfer (a military officer or other official or worker) temporarily to other employment or another position

second1 English Thesaurus

the second day of the trial

second2 English Thesaurus

I'll only be gone for a second

second3 English Thesaurus

personnel are sometimes seconded to charities

top banana British & World English

The most (or second most) important person in an organization

close encounter of the first kind British & World English

Used to describe encounters involving increasing degrees of complexity and apparent exposure of the witness to aliens

equation of the first order British & World English

An equation involving only the first derivative, second derivative, etc.

in the first instance British & World English

In the first (or second etc.) place or stage of a proceeding

just a minute British & World English

Used to ask someone to wait or pause for a short time

in second2 British & World English

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

leap second British & World English

A second which is occasionally inserted into the atomic scale of reckoning time in order to bring it into line with solar time. It is indicated by an additional bleep in the time signal at the end of some years

second Adam British & World English

(In Christian thought) Jesus Christ

second best British & World English

Next after the best

second-cut British & World English

Another term for cross-cut.

second hand British & World English

An extra hand in some watches and clocks which moves round to indicate the seconds

second-hand British & World English

(Of goods) having had a previous owner; not new

second line British & World English

A battle line behind the front line to support it and make good its losses

second mate British & World English

Another term for second officer.

second-rate British & World English

Of mediocre or inferior quality

second wind British & World English

A person’s ability to breathe freely during exercise, after having been out of breath

second-hand English Thesaurus

a second-hand car

second-rate English Thesaurus

he replied tetchily that he never made second-rate films

second best New Oxford Dictionary for Writers & Editors

(two words, hyphen when attributive)

second cousin British & World English

A child of one’s parent’s first cousin

Second Advent British & World English

Another term for Second Coming.

second ballot British & World English

A further ballot held to confirm the selection of a candidate where a previous ballot did not yield an absolute majority

second cause British & World English

A cause that is itself caused

second class British & World English

A set of people or things grouped together as the second best

Second Coming British & World English

The prophesied return of Christ to Earth at the Last Judgement

second-degree British & World English

Denoting burns that cause blistering but not permanent scars

Second Empire British & World English

The imperial government in France of Napoleon III, 1852–70

second floor British & World English

The floor two levels above the ground floor

second growth British & World English

Woodland growth that replaces harvested or burned virgin forest

second-guess British & World English

Anticipate or predict (someone’s actions or thoughts) by guesswork

Second Isaiah British & World English

Another name for Deutero-Isaiah.

second master British & World English

A deputy headmaster

second nature British & World English

A tendency or habit that has become characteristic or instinctive

second screen British & World English

A mobile device used while watching television, especially to access supplementary content or applications

second sight British & World English

The supposed ability to perceive future or distant events; clairvoyance

second strike British & World English

A retaliatory attack conducted with weapons designed to withstand an initial nuclear attack (a ‘first strike’)

second string British & World English

An alternative resource or course of action in case another one fails

second teeth British & World English

The set of permanent teeth that replace the milk teeth in humans and other mammals


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