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Etymology 1

From Old French seconde (fro), from [[w:Template:lang:la language|Template:lang:la]][[Category:Template:lang:la derivations]] secundus (following, next in order), from root of sequi (follow)

English ordinal numbers
 <  1st 2nd 3rd   > 
    Ordinal : second
    Cardinal : two

Pronunciation

Adjective

second (not comparable)

Positive
second

Comparative
not comparable

Superlative
none (absolute)

  1. The ordinal number corresponding to the cardinal number two.
  2. Number-two; following immediately after the first one.
    He lives on Second Street.
    The second book in "The Lord of the Rings" series is called "The Two Towers".
  3. That which comes after the first.
    You take the first one, and I'll have the second.
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Derived terms
Translations
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Noun

Singular
second

Plural
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second ({{{1}}})
  1. (Template loop detected: Template:context 1) A manufactured item that, though still usable, fails to meet quality control standards.
    They were discounted because they contained blemishes, nicks or were otherwise factory seconds.
  2. (Template loop detected: Template:context 1) An additional helping of food.
    That was good barbecue. I hope I can get seconds.
  3. Another chance to achieve what should have been done the first time, usually indicating success this time around. (See second-guess.)
  4. (music) The interval between two adjacent notes in a diatonic scale (either or both of them may be raised or lowered from the basic scale via any type of accidental).
  5. The second gear of an engine.
  6. (baseball) Second base.
Translations

Etymology 2

From Old French seconde, from Mediaeval Latin secunda, short for secunda pars minuta (second diminished part (of the hour))

Alternative forms

  • (SI unit of time): (abbreviations) s, sec; (symbols) s (SI and non-scientific usage), sec (in non-scientific usage only)
  • (unit of angle): (abbreviations) arcsec, "

Pronunciation

Noun

Singular
second

Plural
{{{1}}}

second ({{{1}}})
  1. The SI unit of time, defined as the duration of 9,192,631,770 periods of radiation corresponding to the transition between two hyperfine levels of caesium-133 in a ground state at a temperature of absolute zero and at rest; one-sixtieth of a minute.
  2. A unit of angle equal to one-sixtieth of a minute of arc or one part in 3600 of a degree.
  3. A short, indeterminate amount of time.
    I'll be there in a second.
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Etymology 3

From Middle French seconder, from [[w:Template:lang:la language|Template:lang:la]][[Category:Template:lang:la derivations]] secundo (assist, make favorable)

Pronunciation

Transfer temporarily
  • (UK) enPR: səkŏnd', IPA: /səˈkɒnd/, SAMPA: /"s@kQnd/
    Rhymes: -ɒnd
  • Hyphenation: sec‧ond
Assist, Agree

Verb

Infinitive
to second

Third person singular
-

Simple past
-

Past participle
-

Present participle
-

to second (third-person singular simple present -, present participle -, simple past and past participle -)
  1. (transitive, UK) Transfer temporarily to alternative employment.
    • 1998Paul Leonard, Dreamstone Moon, ch 9
      Daniel had still been surprised, however, to find the lab area deserted, all the scientists apparently seconded by Cleomides's military friends.
  2. (transitive) To assist.
  3. (transitive) To agree as a second person to (a proposal), usually to reach a necessary quorum of two.
    I second the motion.
Derived terms
Translations

Noun

Singular
second

Plural
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second ({{{1}}})
  1. The attendant of a contestant in a duel or boxing match, who must be ready to take over if the contestant drops out. In the case of a duel, the seconds may also fight each other at 90° to the other contestants.
  2. One who agrees in addition, or such a motion, as required in certain meetings to pass judgement etc.
    If we want the motion to pass, we will need a second.
Translations

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French

rank noun
1 premier
2 second (or deuxième)
3 troisième
4 quatrième
5 cinquième
6 sixième
7 septième
8 huitième
9 neuvième
10 dixième
rank noun
11 onzième
12 douzième
13 treizième
14 quatorzième
15 quinzième
16 seizième
17 dix-septième
18 dix-huitième
19 dix-neuvième
20 vingtième

Alternative forms

  • (abbreviation) 2e f.

Etymology

From [[w:Template:lang:la language|Template:lang:la]][[Category:fr:Template:lang:la derivations]] secundus (second); related to sequi (follow).

Pronunciation

Adjective

second m. (prepositive, feminine seconde)

  1. Second (ordinal numeral)
  2. alternate

Synonyms

Noun

second m. (plural seconds)

  1. assistant

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