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Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun second:


Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb second:


The word second is considered to be an easy one, according to the Dale-Chall word list, which includes 3000 words that all fourth-grade American students should know and understand.

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Definition of the noun second

What does second mean as a name of something?

Second is one of the top 1000 most common nouns in the English language.

noun - plural: seconds

  1. 1/60 of a minute; the basic unit of time adopted under the Systeme International d'Unites
    • lexical domain: Time - nouns denoting time and temporal relations
    • synonyms of second: s / sec
    • more generic terms: time unit / unit of time = a unit for measuring time periods
    • more specific term: leap second = a second (as measured by an atomic clock) added to or subtracted from Greenwich Mean Time in order to compensate for slowing in the Earth's rotation
    • part of: min / minute = a unit of time equal to 60 seconds or 1/60th of an hour
    • part: millisecond / msec = one thousandth (10^-3) of a second
  2. an indefinitely short time
  3. the fielding position of the player on a baseball team who is stationed near the second of the bases in the infield
    • lexical domain: Acts - nouns denoting acts or actions
    • synonym of second: second base
    • more generic word: position = the role assigned to an individual player
    • member of: baseball team = a team that plays baseball
  4. a particular point in time
  5. following the first in an ordering or series
    • example: he came in a close second
    • lexical domain: Relations - nouns denoting relations between people or things or ideas
    • more generic word: rank = relative status
    • more specific word: latter = the second of two or the second mentioned of two
  6. a 60th part of a minute of arc
    • example: the treasure is 2 minutes and 45 seconds south of here
    • lexical domain: Quantities - nouns denoting quantities and units of measure
    • synonym of second: arcsecond
    • more generic term: angular unit = a unit of measurement for angles
    • part of: arcminute / minute / minute of arc = a unit of angular distance equal to a 60th of a degree
  7. the official attendant of a contestant in a duel or boxing match
    • lexical domain: People - nouns denoting people
    • more generic words: attendant / attender / tender = someone who waits on or tends to or attends to the needs of another
  8. a speech seconding a motion
  9. the gear that has the second lowest forward gear ratio in the gear box of a motor vehicle
    • example: he had to shift down into second to make the hill
    • lexical domain: Artifacts - nouns denoting man-made objects
    • synonym of second: second gear
    • more generic terms: gear / gear mechanism = a mechanism for transmitting motion for some specific purpose
    • part of: automotive vehicle / motor vehicle = a self-propelled wheeled vehicle that does not run on rails
  10. merchandise that has imperfections; usually sold at a reduced price without the brand name

Alternative definition of the noun second


  1. [context: usually in the plural] A manufactured item that, though still usable, fails to meet quality control standards.
  2. [context: usually in the plural] An additional helping of food.
  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.
  7. [historical] A dueller's assistant.
  8. 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.
  9. A unit of angle equal to one-sixtieth of a minute of arc or one part in 3600 of a degree.
  10. A short, indeterminate amount of time.
  11. 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.
  12. One who agrees in addition, or such a motion, as required in certain meetings to pass judgement etc.

Specialised definition of the noun second

Glossary of sports / boxing

an assistant who helps a boxer before a bout and during the rests between rounds (2005. Chambers Sports Factfinder. Chambers Harrap Publishers Ltd)

Glossary of sports / curling

the member of the rink who plays second (2005. Chambers Sports Factfinder. Chambers Harrap Publishers Ltd)

Definition of the adjective second

What does second mean as an attribute of a noun?

adjective - degrees: more second / seconder |

  1. coming next after the first in position in space or time or degree or magnitude
  2. a part or voice or instrument or orchestra section lower in pitch than or subordinate to the first
    • examples: second flute | the second violins
    • domain: music
    • antonym: first

Alternative definition of the adjective second


  1. The ordinal number corresponding to the cardinal number two.
  2. Number-two; following immediately after the first one.
  3. That which comes after the first.

Definition of the adverb second

What does second mean as an attribute of something other than a noun?


  1. in the second place
    • example: second, we must consider the economy
    • synonym of second: secondly

Definition of the verb second

What does second mean as a doing word?

verb - inflections: seconded | seconding | seconds

  1. give support or one's approval to
    • example: I'll second that motion
    • lexical domain: Activities - verbs of political and social activities and events
    • synonyms of second: back / endorse / indorse
    • more generic terms: back up / support = give moral or psychological support, aid, or courage to
  2. transfer an employee to a different, temporary assignment
    • example: The officer was seconded for duty overseas
    • lexical domain: Activities - verbs of political and social activities and events
    • more generic words: reassign / transfer = transfer somebody to a different position or location of work

Alternative definition of the verb second


  1. [transitive, UK] Transfer temporarily to alternative employment.
  2. [transitive] To assist.
  3. [transitive] To agree as a second person to (a proposal), usually to reach a necessary quorum of two.


Second is a musical group.

  • albums: "Private Life", "Invisible", "Pose", "Fracciones de un segundo", "Demasiado soñadores", "Lobotomizados"


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  15. "Second" is a composition, cataloged instance.
  16. "Second" is a musical album of Junebug.


  1. Second: In deliberative bodies a second to a proposed motion is an indication that there is at least one person besides the mover that is interested in seeing the motion come before the meeting. It does not necessarily indicate that the seconder favors the motion.
  2. Second is a grade level.
    • also known as Seconde
  3. Second: In curling, the second is the person who delivers the second pair of stones. On most teams, where the second does not act as skip or vice, the second will sweep for each of his teammates. Due to the free-guard rule, which prevents some early stones from being removed from play by the leads, the second is usually a curler with a high degree of proficiency throwing takeouts, peels, and other power shots.

Printed encyclopedias and other books with definitions for Second

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Google previewThe 30-second Encyclopedia of Learning and Performance (2003)

A Trainer's Guide to Theory, Terminology, and Practice by David H. Miles

whereas the second loop refers to the learning done by the trainer (from course evaluations). Thus, as the ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Occult Scienses vol.VI Second Part (The Magical Sciences) Low Magic (2015)

by Poinsot, Maffeo

SECOND. PART. (THE. MAGICAL. SCIENCES). LOW. MAGIC. ООО "Osteon- Press" Noginsk — 2015 encoding and publishing house It follows from this phenomenon (tested hundreds of times) that every thing may carry around it an invisibly ...

Google previewThe Routledge Encyclopedia of Second Language Acquisition (2012)

by Peter Robinson

As described below, second language acquisition (SLA) researchers have used accommodation to account for differences in ...

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Quotes about Second

There is no room for second place. There is only one place in my game and that is first place. I have finished second twice in my time at Green Bay and I never want to finish second again. (Vince Lombardi)
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Scrabble value of S1E1C3O1N1D2

The value of this 6-letter word is 9 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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