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sec

1
[sek]
adjective
  1. (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.
  1. second2(def 2).

Origin of sec

2
First recorded in 1955–60; by shortening

SEC

or S.E.C.

U.S. Government.
  1. 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

  1. Symbol, Trigonometry. arc secant.
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British Dictionary definitions for sec

sec

1
adjective
  1. (of wines) dry
  2. (of champagne) of medium sweetness

Word Origin for sec

C19: from French, from Latin siccus

sec

2
noun
  1. informal short for second 2 wait a sec

sec

3
abbreviation for
  1. secant

SEC

abbreviation for
  1. Securities and Exchange Commission

sec.

abbreviation for
  1. second (of time)
  2. secondary
  3. secretary
  4. section
  5. 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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sec in Science

sec

  1. Abbreviation of secant
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