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[ sek ]
/ sɛk /
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adjective

(of wines) dry; not sweet.

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Origin of sec

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

Definition for sec (2 of 5)

sec2
[ sek ]
/ sɛk /

noun Informal.

Origin of sec

2
First recorded in 1955–60; by shortening

Definition for sec (3 of 5)

Definition for sec (4 of 5)

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.

Definition for sec (5 of 5)

sec.

abbreviation

second.
secondary.
secretary.
section.
sector.
according to.

Origin of sec.

From the Latin word secundum
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British Dictionary definitions for sec (1 of 5)

sec1
/ (sɛk) /

adjective

(of wines) dry
(of champagne) of medium sweetness
C19: from French, from Latin siccus

British Dictionary definitions for sec (2 of 5)

sec2
/ (sɛk) /

noun

informal short for second 2 wait a sec

British Dictionary definitions for sec (3 of 5)

sec3
/ (sɛk) /

abbreviation for

secant

British Dictionary definitions for sec (4 of 5)

SEC

abbreviation for

Securities and Exchange Commission

British Dictionary definitions for sec (5 of 5)

sec.

abbreviation for

second (of time)
secondary
secretary
section
sector
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Scientific definitions for sec

sec

Abbreviation of secant
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