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- The ordinal number corresponding to the cardinal number two.
- Number-two; following immediately after the first one.
- He lives on Second Street.
- The second book in "The Lord of the Rings" series is called "The Two Towers".
- That which comes after the first.
- You take the first one, and I'll have the second.
- A manufactured item that, though still usable, fails to meet quality control standards.
- They were discounted because they contained blemishes, nicks or were otherwise factory seconds.
- An additional helping of food.
- That was good barbecue. I hope I can get seconds.
- Another chance to achieve what should have been done the first time, usually indicating success this time around. (See second-guess.)
- 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).
- The second gear of an engine.
- Second base.
- 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.
- A unit of angle equal to one-sixtieth of a minute of arc or one part in 3600 of a degree.
- A short, indeterminate amount of time.
- I'll be there in a second.
- Transfer temporarily to alternative employment.
- 1998 — Paul Leonard, Dreamstone Moon, ch 9
- Daniel had still been surprised, however, to find the lab area deserted, all the scientists apparently seconded by Cleomides's military friends.
- To assist.
- To agree as a second person to (a proposal), usually to reach a necessary quorum of two.
- I second the motion.
- 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.
- One who agrees in addition, or such a motion, as required in certain meetings to pass judgement etc.
- If we want the motion to pass, we will need a second.