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Definition of second
1constituting number two in a sequence; coming after the first in time or order; 2nd:he married for a second time Herbie was the second of their six children secondly (used to introduce a second point or reason):second, they are lightly regulated; and third, they do business with nonresident clients Music an interval spanning two consecutive notes in a diatonic scale. the note which is higher by a second than the tonic of a diatonic scale or root of a chord. the second in a sequence of a vehicle’s gears:he took the corner in second the second grade of a school.
) informal a second course or second helping of food at a meal.
denoting 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 an act or instance of seconding. 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 second additional to that already existing, used, or possessed:a second home French as a second language the second finisher or position in a race or competition:he finished second British a place in the second-highest grade in an examination, especially for a degree:she got a first in moral sciences and a second in history Music performing a lower or subordinate of two or more parts for the same instrument or voice:the second violins
) goods of an inferior quality.
coarse flour, or bread made from it. 3an assistant, in particular. an attendant assisting a combatant in a duel or boxing match.
verb [with object]
formally support or endorse (a nomination or resolution or its proposer) as a necessary preliminary to adoption or further discussion:Bertonazzi seconded Birmingham’s nomination express agreement with:her view is seconded by most Indian leaders today archaic support; back up:so well was he seconded by the multitude of laborers at his command