- a person who expresses formal support of a motion so that it may be discussed or put to a vote.
- an act or instance of doing this.
- a tone on the next degree from a given tone.
- the interval between such tones.
- the harmonic combination of such tones.
- the lower of two parts in a piece of concerted music.
- a voice or instrument performing such a part.
- an alto.
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OTHER WORDS FROM secondsec·ond·er, noun
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How to use second in a sentence
Between April and July 2020, the city issued at least 168 citations, but the number appears to have dropped off in the second half of the year, not just for the city but for the county as a whole.Despite Crackdown Announcement, Not Much COVID-19 Enforcement Is Happening|Jesse Marx|February 11, 2021|Voice of San Diego
Disney canceled its dividend in the second half of 2020 as its finances remained under pressure.Disney took in nearly $5 billion less in revenue over the pandemic-riddled holidays|Steven Zeitchik|February 11, 2021|Washington Post
In last-second wins against Miami and Chicago, Brooks said, it was determination that pushed the Wizards to victory.The Wizards’ defense again lets them down in loss at home to Raptors|Ava Wallace|February 11, 2021|Washington Post
The $99,900 GT model promises up to 522 horsepower with a 0-60 time just under four seconds.Audi’s e-Tron GT charges up fast, but turns even faster|Stan Horaczek|February 10, 2021|Popular-Science
USDA Secretary of Agriculture nominee Tom Vilsack clears first hurdle, says he will focus on climate changeToubia says the company’s first products will reach the marketplace in the second half of 2022.Raising the steaks: First 3-D-printed rib-eye is unveiled|Laura Reiley|February 9, 2021|Washington Post
Gunshots rang out in Paris this morning on a second day of deadly violence that has stunned the French capital.
And as he adjusted to this change in circumstances, he screamed at himself a second time: Wait!Powerful Congressman Writes About ‘Fleshy Breasts’|Asawin Suebsaeng|January 7, 2015|DAILY BEAST
A second document was titled: “Gambia Reborn: A Charter for Transition from Dictatorship to Democracy and Development.”The Shadowy U.S. Veteran Who Tried to Overthrow a Country|Jacob Siegel|January 6, 2015|DAILY BEAST
If 29 vote for someone else, the race for speaker goes to a second ballot for the first time in almost 100 years.
At least 29 fellow Republicans must vote against Boehner for a second ballot to be reached, and that seems very unlikely.
In treble, second and fourth, the first change is a dodge behind; and the second time the treble leads, there's a double Bob.Tintinnalogia, or, the Art of Ringing|Richard Duckworth and Fabian Stedman
On his head was the second-hand hat of some parvenu's coachman, gold lace, cockade and all.The Pit Town Coronet, Volume I (of 3)|Charles James Wills
The beauty, the mystery,—this fierce sunshine or something—stir——' She hesitated for a fraction of a second.The Wave|Algernon Blackwood
Roman Pane who accompanied Columbus on his second voyage alludes to another method of using the herb.
He set down as the second the golden rule, “Whatsoever ye would that men should do unto you, do ye even so to them.”The Giant of the North|R.M. Ballantyne
British Dictionary definitions for second (1 of 3)
- coming directly after the first in numbering or counting order, position, time, etc; being the ordinal number of two: often written 2nd
- (as noun)the second in line
- relating to or denoting a musical part, voice, or instrument lower in pitch than another part, voice, or instrument (the first)the second tenors
- of or relating to a part, instrument, or instrumentalist regarded as subordinate to another (the first)the second flute
Derived forms of secondseconder, noun
Word Origin for second
British Dictionary definitions for second (2 of 3)
- 1/60 of a minute of time
- the basic SI unit of time: the duration of 9 192 631 770 periods of radiation corresponding to the transition between two hyperfine levels of the ground state of caesium-133Symbol: s
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Other words from secondsec′ond n.
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In addition to the idioms beginning with second
- second banana
- second best
- second childhood
- second class
- second cousin
- second fiddle
- second hand
- second nature
- second sight
- second thoughts
- second to none
- second wind
- at second hand
- come off (second best)
- in a flash (second)
- in the first (second) place
- on second thought
- play second fiddle
- split second
- top (second) banana