second only to

idiom
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of second only to

:only less important than (something or someone)
  • Rice is second only to corn as the state's major crop.

Word by Word Definitions

second play
  1. : next to the first in place or time

  2. : next to the first in value, excellence, or degree

  3. : inferior, subordinate

  1. : one that is number two in a series — see Table of Numbers

  2. : one that is next after the first in rank, position, authority, or precedence

  3. : one that assists or supports another

  1. : the 60th part of a minute of angular measure

  2. : the 60th part of a minute of time : 1/86,400 part of the mean solar day

  3. : an instant of time : moment

  1. : to give support or encouragement to : assist

  2. : to support (a fighting person or group) in combat : bring up reinforcements for

  3. : to support or assist in contention or debate

only play
  1. : unquestionably the best : peerless

  2. : alone in a class or category : sole

  3. : having no brother or sister

  1. : as a single fact or instance and nothing more or different : merely

  2. : solely, exclusively

  3. : at the very least

  1. : with the restriction that : but

  2. : and yet : however

  3. : were it not that : except


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