1constituting number two in a sequence; coming after the first in time or order; 2nd:he married for a second timeHerbert was the second of their six childrenthe second of Octoberthe second-youngest player
secondly (used to introduce a second point or reason):second, they are lightly regulated; and third, they do business with non-resident clients
Music an interval spanning two consecutive notes in a diatonic scale.
the note which is higher by a second interval than the tonic of a diatonic scale or root of a chord.
the second in a sequence of a vehicle’s gears:he took the corner in second
Baseball second base.
chiefly British the second form of a school or college.
(seconds) informal a second course or second helping of food at a meal.
denoting someone or something regarded as comparable to or reminiscent of a better-known predecessor:a fear that the conflict would turn into a second Vietnam
2subordinate or inferior in position, rank, or importance:it was second only to Copenhagen among Baltic portshe is a writer first and a scientist second
additional to that already existing, used, or possessed:a second homeFrench as a second language
the second finisher or position in a race or competition:he finished second
British a place in the second grade in an examination, especially for a degree.
Music performing a lower or subordinate of two or more parts for the same instrument or voice:the second violins
(seconds) goods of an inferior quality.
(the seconds) the reserve team of a sports club.
coarse flour, or bread made from it.
3an assistant, in particular:
an attendant assisting a combatant in a duel or boxing match.
a Cub or Brownie chosen by their pack to assist the Sixer and replace them when they are absent.
formally support or endorse (a nomination or resolution or its proposer) as a necessary preliminary to adoption or further discussion:Bridgeman seconded Maxwell’s motion calling for the reform
express agreement with:her view is seconded by most Indian leaders today
archaic support; back up:so well was he seconded by the multitude of labourers at his command