: the 60th part of a minute of time : 1/86,400 part of the mean solar day
specifically: the base unit of time in the International System of Units that is equal to the duration of 9,192,631,770 periods of the radiation corresponding to the transition between the two hyperfine levels of the ground state of the cesium-133 atom
We sat in the second row.
the second house on the left
B is the second letter in the alphabet.
That's the second time I've seen him today.
Chocolate is my first choice; vanilla is my second choice.
The chair needs a second coat of paint.
She plays second violin in the city orchestra. Verb
I would like to second the motion to adjourn.
“Let's call it a day.” “I'll second that.” See More
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Shortly after, his team received the email that he was chosen for her SOS tour’s second North American tour leg.—Meagan Jordan, Rolling Stone, 21 Nov. 2023 The average daily number of subscribing members excluding individuals with trial memberships for the quarter was 106.9 million, compared to 100.2 million for the same period in 2022 and 110.7 million for the second quarter in 2023.—Patrick Frater, Variety, 21 Nov. 2023 Flexible grants The Salvation Army of Greater Charlotte received a second grant this year after first being awarded $5 million by the fund in 2018.—CBS News, 21 Nov. 2023 The Commission on Presidential Debates announced Monday that Virginia State University in Petersburg will host the second debate of the 2024 general election cycle Oct. 1.—Isabela Espadas Barros Leal, NBC News, 21 Nov. 2023 Here, the makers of Ton share a story that takes a peek inside the London apartment of decorators Benedict Foley and Daniel Slowik—an extract from their second issue, out now.—Grace McCloud, Vogue, 21 Nov. 2023 Broadway Bound Joined by Jackie, who was eight months pregnant with their second child, the Democratic presidential candidate gave a wave while riding in a ticker-tape parade in lower Broadway during an October 1960 campaign stop in New York City.—Nancy Mattia, Peoplemag, 21 Nov. 2023 Almost fully unraveling in the second half, the Bruins displayed how much work remains to get there.—Ben Bolch, Los Angeles Times, 21 Nov. 2023 The second issue the public had trouble accepting was that there was no explicit reference in Oslo to a settlement freeze.—Emily Bazelon, New York Times, 20 Nov. 2023
The second is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dec. 9 at Fallbrook Airpark, 2155 Air Park Road.—Linda McIntosh, San Diego Union-Tribune, 22 Nov. 2023 Wilshire played the foundational guitar for the co-write, and Kenyon contributed a simple melodic guitar line in the opening seconds that’s easily played on a single string.—Tom Roland, Billboard, 22 Nov. 2023 The second is to make a more diverse antivenin that can effectively act on a spectrum of snakebites.—Kamala Thiagarajan, Smithsonian Magazine, 21 Nov. 2023 Video shows Ricci dropping his keys and a to-go drink and, in seconds, pulling a handgun from his waist and shooting as the men ran away.—Salvador Hernandez, Los Angeles Times, 21 Nov. 2023 In fact, the large heating element is powerful enough to boil a quart of water in just 101 seconds.—Laura Denby, Better Homes & Gardens, 21 Nov. 2023 Simply point and shoot, and a Polaroid-style photo will come out of the camera in just a few seconds.—Maya Polton, Parents, 21 Nov. 2023 At a professional level that can be about 15 seconds.—Mackenzie Schmidt, Peoplemag, 20 Nov. 2023 Trending Videos 0 seconds of 30 secondsVolume 0% In 2022, more than 75,000 Americans moved to Europe.—Stacey Leasca, Travel + Leisure, 19 Nov. 2023
An additional 228,000 passengers are expected next Sunday — the second busiest day of the holiday week — for the return home.—Gabriel San Román, Los Angeles Times, 19 Nov. 2023 Meanwhile, the Texas Rangers finished second in the AL West and were also a wild card team.—Chantz Martin, Fox News, 28 Oct. 2023 Like other local businesses, Forage has been closed for days as police searched for the man who fatally shot 18 people at a bar and a bowling alley in Maine’s second largest city.—Jake Blieberg, Patrick Whittle, Holly Ramer, and David Sharp, The Christian Science Monitor, 28 Oct. 2023 Comedy sometimes comes second to make the infotainment, the sugar on the medicine.—Rick Porter, The Hollywood Reporter, 26 Oct. 2023 The defense, seldom challenged, would notch its ninth shutout, but without a victory or tie from Angel City against Portland, the Wave would finish second.—Tom Krasovic, San Diego Union-Tribune, 16 Oct. 2023 So far this year, American films accounted for only about 14% of China’s box office, the second largest in the world, according to CNN calculations based on Dengta data.—Laura He, CNN, 15 Oct. 2023 Formerly the world’s second largest maker of smartphones, the company has been attempting a comeback after being hit by US export restrictions, which were first imposed in 2019.—Wayne Chang, CNN, 6 Oct. 2023 The Dodgers led the majors with 359 two-out RBIs while ranking second in the National League with 85 two-out homers and 237 two-out walks.—Bill Plaschke, Los Angeles Times, 5 Oct. 2023
Advertisement Atwood called co-costume designer Mark Sutherland, who seconded the pricey purchase.—Valli Herman, Los Angeles Times, 21 June 2023 Definitely seconding the recommendation for fresh ground black pepper.—Southern Living Test Kitchen, Southern Living, 8 Nov. 2023 By legging out his 59th double with typical hustle, racing to second on a weakly hit grounder to right-center field, Freeman needs just one more to have the first 60-double season since 1936.—Jack Harris, Los Angeles Times, 30 Sep. 2023 Give pedestrians and cyclists seconds more to get out of the way of a vehicle that outweighs them by thousands of pounds.—Theresa Vargas, Washington Post, 27 Sep. 2023 Valletta seconded that recollection in her own video with Vogue from April.—Emily Kirkpatrick, Peoplemag, 27 Sep. 2023 Board member Julie Henn seconded Domanowski’s motion concerning Frempong.—Sabrina Leboeuf, Baltimore Sun, 11 July 2023 That motion, seconded by Councilmember Rick Robinson, failed on the 2-2 vote.—Phil Diehl, San Diego Union-Tribune, 6 Oct. 2023 However, common sense, seconded by Miss Manners, counsels against putting too much faith in the power of anesthesia.—Jacobina Martin, Washington Post, 5 Oct. 2023 See More
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Middle English, from Anglo-French secund, from Latin secundus second, following, favorable, from sequi to follow — more at sue
Middle English secounde, from Medieval Latin secunda, from Latin, feminine of secundus second; from its being the second sexagesimal division of a unit, as a minute is the first
: to encourage that something be debated or voted on
second a motion
Middle English second "next to the first in position, order, or time," from early French secund (same meaning), from Latin secundus "second, following, favorable," from sequi "to follow" — related to sequel
Middle English secounde "the 60th part of a minute," from Latin secunda (same meaning), derived from earlier secundus (adjective) "second (in order), following, favorable"; so called from the fact that the minute is the first level of division of a degree or hour and this is the second level
from Latin secundare "to give support to, assist," from secundus (adjective) "second, following, favorable"