sec



sec

1
[sek]

adjective

(of wines) dry; not sweet.

Origin of sec

1
From French, dating back to 1885–90; see origin at sack3

sec

2
[sek]

noun Informal.

Origin of sec

2
First recorded in 1955–60; by shortening

SEC

or S.E.C.

U.S. Government.

Securities and Exchange Commission: a board, consisting of five members, charged with regulating the public offer and sale of securities.

sec.

Origin of sec.

From the Latin word secundum

sec−1

Symbol, Trigonometry. arc secant.
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Contemporary Examples of sec

Historical Examples of sec

  • Kant has expounded his argument, and discussed its bearings fully and minutely, in his 'Kritik der Urtheilskraft,' sec.

    Theism

    Robert Flint

  • Les gupes mangent tout, et ce quelles ne mangent point est sec.

  • It was in the Rue de l'Arbre Sec that the crowd was the thickest.

    Chicot the Jester

    Alexandre Dumas, Pere

  • The territory embraced within the corporated limits, is Sec.

    The History of Peru

    Henry S. Beebe

  • Just scoot round there and shelter, and I'll come down in half a sec.'



British Dictionary definitions for sec

sec

1

adjective

(of wines) dry
(of champagne) of medium sweetness

Word Origin for sec

C19: from French, from Latin siccus

sec

2

noun

informal short for second 2 wait a sec

sec

3

abbreviation for

secant

SEC

abbreviation for

Securities and Exchange Commission

sec.

abbreviation for

second (of time)
secondary
secretary
section
sector
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Word Origin and History for sec
n.

1956, conversational shortening of second (n.).

adj.

of wine, "dry," French sec (10c.), from Latin siccus "dry" (also source of Italian secco); see siccative.

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Science definitions for sec

sec

Abbreviation of secant
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