second• He is not paid £20 million a year to come second.• Another forecaster places it second, and two others pick it to tie for runner-up.• Thus this second part is simply the tape that supposed to act on.• A second, then third decimation began.• The second was a glassdome, the size of a man, and a little taller than our hero.second largest/most successful etc• This has been the second most successfulmethod of recruitment. 2.second opinion• Also, slides and pathology reports can be obtained for second opinions.• If in doubt, get a second opinion.• It seems okay, but you want a second opinion.• You want more than just a second opinion.• For a second opinion, I called the World FutureSociety.• In fact it was she who had advised him to get a second opinion on the matter, from a lawyer.• We can give the young reader a second opinion on what is being read.• A second opinion was called for, and furnished.
secondsecond2 ●●●S1W2 noun1[countable]TMC a unit for measuring time. There are 60 seconds in a minuteHold your breath for six seconds.The operation takes only 30 seconds.Ultrasonic waves travel at around 300 metres per second.within seconds (=after only a few seconds)Within seconds, Bev called back.2[countable]SHORT TIME a very short period of timeI’ll be back in a second.Just a second (=wait a moment), I’ll come and help.At least 30 shots were fired in a matter of seconds (=in a very short time). →split second3 →(at) any second (now)4 →seconds5[countable] technical one of the 60 parts into which a minute of an angle is divided. It can be shown as a symbol after a number. For example, 78° 52′ 11″ means 78 degrees 52 minutes 11 seconds.6[countable]FIGHT someone who helps someone in a fight, especially in boxing or, in the past, a duel7[uncountable] American English informalsecond base
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second• A second, then third decimation began.• Well, first of all, it's too expensive and second, we don't have anywhere to put it.• He is not paid £20 million a year to come second.• Ruth understood why in that tender, desperatesecond.• Another forecaster places it second, and two others pick it to tie for runner-up.• Left fielderMarkWhiten reached out and poked a tailing fastball over the left-field wall in the second.• The second was a glass dome, the size of a man, and a little taller than our hero.per second• The same connection could also carry 640,000 bitsper second from the user to the Internet.• The extensions support transfermodes of up to 66M-bytes per second or 133M-bytes per second for busmasterexpansion boards.• Each one of those pulses has a carrierfrequency of tens of thousands to hundreds of thousands of cyclesper second.• Batcries, as we have seen, have a pulse-repetition rate in the tens or hundreds per second.• For Deimos, in its higher orbit, only 560 metersper secondsuffices to escape from the Mars system.• A gun is known to fire bullets at precisely three hundred and thirty meters per second.• Cortical neurons are often silent-George often sees human temporallobe neurons that respond at rates slower than once per second.• Good powderskiers turn at a rate of about one turn per second.Just a second• You wan na talk to her? Just a second.secondsecond3 /ˈsekənd/ ●●●S2W2 adverb1next after the first onecome/finish etc secondI came second in the UK championships.Tea is the most popular drink, while coffee ranks second (=it is the second most popular drink).2AND/ALSO[sentence adverb] used before you add information to what you have already saidSYN secondly
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second• But, second, in the vastmajority of markets, efficientproduction can be attained with a high degree of competition.come/finish etc second• He is not paid £20 million a year to come second.• The collegeconfirmed that he came second.• Instead, he came second and had to make do with £80,000.• Peter Dillon finished second and third, respectively, with scores of 86. 13 and 81. 88.• David Toms finished second at 19-under 271 and Olin Browne was a stroke back in third.• Lewis, who had finished second, was awarded the goldmedal.secondsecond4 verb [transitive]SUPPORT A PERSON, GROUP, OR PLANto formally support a suggestion made by another person in a meeting → proposesecond a motion/proposal/amendment etc→ See Verb table
second• These economic pressures were seconded by the intrusion of the state.• A quieter but potentially important project is currently under way by SirJohn Boreham who has been seconded from the government statistical office.• With Harman's blessing they were seconding her.• In addition to financial support, personnel are sometimes seconded to projects and charities.• My father works for an oil company and last summer he was seconded to their Texasheadquarters for five years.be seconded to something• But this can also be true of educationalists who are seconded to a new project outside their own institution.• During my lengthy spell abroad, I was seconded to a public relations unit, run by a delightful and eccentriccolonel.• I was seconded toMI5 to report back to them on this one.• In general, the rule of thumb was that one's peerswere seconded toperform the role.• He was seconded to the IntelligenceCorps as a clerk.• In addition, a seniorteacher from each of the six schools will be seconded to the project for one term.• My father works for an oil company and last summer he was seconded to their Texas headquarters for five years.• Others are seconded to work in industry.From King Business Dictionarysecondsec‧ond1 /ˈsekənd/ adjectivesecond half/quarter/periodACCOUNTING the second half, quarter etc of the financial yearThe company expects second-quarter sales to be substantially below those of the equivalent period a year ago.secondsecond2 verb [transitive]to officially support a suggestion, idea etc made by another person at a formal meeting so that it can be discussed or voted onEach nomination must be proposed and seconded by two members of the committee. —seconder noun [countable]His proposal failed to find a seconder, and was dropped.→ See Verb tablesecondse‧cond3 /sɪˈkɒnd-ˈkɑːnd/ verb [transitive] British EnglishHUMAN RESOURCESto arrange for an employee to work for another organization for a period of timesecond somebody to somethingWe provide the opportunity for you to be seconded to industry to receive additional in-service training. —secondment noun [countable, uncountable]You can encourage personal contact with suppliers through seminars, site visits and short-term secondments.Two members of the team are on secondment from the University of Miami.→ See Verb tableOriginsecond2(1300-1400)Medieval Latinsecunda, from secunda pars minuta“second small part, one sixtieth of a minute”, from Latinsecundus; → SECOND2