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 for second
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Second \Sec"ond\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Seconded; p. pr. & vb.
     n. Seconding.] [Cf. F. seconder, L. secundare, from
     secundus. See Second, a.]
     1. To follow in the next place; to succeed; to alternate.
        [R.]
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              In the method of nature, a low valley is immediately
              seconded with an ambitious hill.      --Fuller.
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              Sin is seconded with sin.             --South.
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     2. To follow or attend for the purpose of assisting; to
        support; to back; to act as the second of; to assist; to
        forward; to encourage.
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              We have supplies to second our attempt. --Shak.
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              In human works though labored on with pain,
              A thousand movements scarce one purpose gain;
              In God's, one single can its end produce,
              Yet serves to second too some other use. --Pope.
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     3. Specifically, (Parliamentary Procedure) to support, as a
        motion[6] or proposal, by adding one's voice to that of
        the mover or proposer.
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     Note: Under common parliamentary rules used by many
           organizations, especially legislative bodies, a motion
           must be seconded in order to come properly before the
           deliberative body for discussion. Any motion[6] for
           which there is no second[8] dies for lack thereof.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Second \Sec"ond\, a. [F., fr. L. secundus second, properly,
     following, fr. sequi to follow. See Sue to follow, and cf.
     Secund.]
     1. Immediately following the first; next to the first in
        order of place or time; hence, occurring again; another;
        other.
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              And he slept and dreamed the second time. --Gen.
                                                    xli. 5.
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     2. Next to the first in value, power, excellence, dignity, or
        rank; secondary; subordinate; inferior.
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              May the day when we become the second people upon
              earth . . . be the day of our utter extirpation.
                                                    --Landor.
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     3. Being of the same kind as another that has preceded;
        another, like a prototype; as, a second Cato; a second
        Troy; a second deluge.
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              A Daniel, still say I, a second Daniel! --Shak.
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     Second Adventist. See Adventist.
  
     Second cousin, the child of a cousin.
  
     Second-cut file. See under File.
  
     Second distance (Art), that part of a picture between the
        foreground and the background; -- called also middle
        ground, or middle distance. [R.]
  
     Second estate (Eng.), the House of Peers.
  
     Second girl, a female house-servant who does the lighter
        work, as chamber work or waiting on table.
  
     Second intention. See under Intention.
  
     Second story, Second floor, in America, the second range
        of rooms from the street level. This, in England, is
        called the first floor, the one beneath being the
        ground floor.
  
     Second thought or Second thoughts, consideration of a
        matter following a first impulse or impression;
        reconsideration.
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              On second thoughts, gentlemen, I don't wish you had
              known him.                            --Dickens.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Second \Sec"ond\, n.
     1. One who, or that which, follows, or comes after; one next
        and inferior in place, time, rank, importance, excellence,
        or power.
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              Man
              An angel's second, nor his second long. --Young.
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     2. One who follows or attends another for his support and
        aid; a backer; an assistant; specifically, one who acts as
        another's aid in a duel.
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              Being sure enough of seconds after the first onset.
                                                    --Sir H.
                                                    Wotton.
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     3. Aid; assistance; help. [Obs.]
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              Give second, and my love
              Is everlasting thine.                 --J. Fletcher.
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     4. pl. An article of merchandise of a grade inferior to the
        best; esp., a coarse or inferior kind of flour.
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     5. [F. seconde. See Second, a.] The sixtieth part of a
        minute of time or of a minute of space, that is, the
        second regular subdivision of the degree; as, sound moves
        about 1,140 English feet in a second; five minutes and ten
        seconds north of this place.
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     6. In the duodecimal system of mensuration, the twelfth part
        of an inch or prime; a line. See Inch, and Prime, n.,
        8.
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     7. (Mus.)
        (a) The interval between any tone and the tone which is
            represented on the degree of the staff next above it.
        (b) The second part in a concerted piece; -- often
            popularly applied to the alto.
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     8. (Parliamentary Procedure) A motion in support of another
        motion which has been moved in a deliberative body; a
        motion without a second dies without discussion.
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     Second hand, the hand which marks the seconds on the dial
        of a watch or a clock.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  second
      adv 1: in the second place; "second, we must consider the
             economy" [syn: second, secondly]
      adj 1: coming next after the first in position in space or time
             or degree or magnitude [syn: second, 2nd, 2d]
      2: a part or voice or instrument or orchestra section lower in
         pitch than or subordinate to the first; "second flute"; "the
         second violins" [ant: first]
      n 1: 1/60 of a minute; the basic unit of time adopted under the
           Systeme International d'Unites [syn: second, sec, s]
      2: an indefinitely short time; "wait just a moment"; "in a mo";
         "it only takes a minute"; "in just a bit" [syn: moment,
         mo, minute, second, bit]
      3: the fielding position of the player on a baseball team who is
         stationed near the second of the bases in the infield [syn:
         second base, second]
      4: a particular point in time; "the moment he arrived the party
         began" [syn: moment, minute, second, instant]
      5: following the first in an ordering or series; "he came in a
         close second"
      6: a 60th part of a minute of arc; "the treasure is 2 minutes
         and 45 seconds south of here" [syn: second, arcsecond]
      7: the official attendant of a contestant in a duel or boxing
         match
      8: a speech seconding a motion; "do I hear a second?" [syn:
         second, secondment, endorsement, indorsement]
      9: the gear that has the second lowest forward gear ratio in the
         gear box of a motor vehicle; "he had to shift down into
         second to make the hill" [syn: second gear, second]
      10: merchandise that has imperfections; usually sold at a
          reduced price without the brand name [syn: irregular,
          second]
      v 1: give support or one's approval to; "I'll second that
           motion"; "I can't back this plan"; "endorse a new project"
           [syn: second, back, endorse, indorse]
      2: transfer an employee to a different, temporary assignment;
         "The officer was seconded for duty overseas"

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  282 Moby Thesaurus words for "second":
     B, Janus-like, Maecenas, OK, abettor, abundant year, academic year,
     accept, accredit, acolyte, adjutant, admirer, advance, advocate,
     affirm, aficionado, agent, aid, aide, aide-de-camp, aider,
     alternate, alternative, ambidextrous, amen, angel, annum, another,
     apologist, approve, approve of, assign, assist, assistant,
     attendant, authenticate, authorize, autograph, auxiliary, back,
     back up, backer, best man, bifacial, bifold, biform, bilateral,
     binary, binate, biparous, bissextile year, bivalent, breath, buff,
     calendar month, calendar year, century, certify, champion,
     coadjutant, coadjutor, coadjutress, coadjutrix, common year,
     conduplicate, confirm, consecutive intervals, cosign, countersign,
     coup, crack, day, decade, decennary, decennium, defective,
     defective year, defender, degree, dependence, deputy, diapason,
     diatessaron, diatonic interval, diatonic semitone, disomatous,
     double, double-faced, dual, duple, duplex, duplicate, encourage,
     encourager, endorse, endorser, enharmonic diesis,
     enharmonic interval, espouse, executive officer, exponent, fan,
     favor, favorer, fifth, fiscal year, flash, following, fortnight,
     fourth, friend at court, geminate, geminated, get behind,
     get in behind, girl Friday, give permission, give the go-ahead,
     give the imprimatur, give thumbs up, go along with, half a jiffy,
     half a mo, half a second, half a shake, half step, halftone, help,
     helper, helpmate, helpmeet, hour, initial, instant, interval,
     irregular, jiff, jiffy, later, leap year, less semitone,
     lieutenant, lover, lunar month, lunar year, lunation, luster,
     lustrum, mainstay, maintainer, man Friday, man-hour,
     melodic interval, microsecond, millennium, millisecond, minute,
     moment, month, moon, move, newer, next, notarize, note, number two,
     octave, other, parallel octaves, paranymph, paraprofessional,
     partisan, pass, pass on, pass upon, patron, patronize, permit,
     promote, promoter, protagonist, quarter, quinquennium, ratify,
     regular year, reliance, relocate, right hand, rubber stamp,
     run interference for, sanction, say amen to, schlock, schmatte,
     seal, sec, second-best, secondarily, secondary, seconder, secondly,
     sectary, semester, semitone, servant, session, seventh, shake,
     shift, side with, sideman, sider, sidereal year, sign,
     sign and seal, sixth, solar year, split second, sponsor, stalwart,
     stand back of, stand behind, stand by, stand-in, standby, step,
     stick by, stick up for, stroke, subordinate, subscribe to,
     subsequent, substitute, sun, support, supporter, supporting actor,
     supporting instrumentalist, surrogate, sustainer, swear and affirm,
     swear to, sympathizer, take sides with, term, third, tick, tone,
     transfer, trice, trimester, twelvemonth, twin, twink, twinkle,
     twinkling, twinned, twitch, two shakes, two-faced, two-level,
     two-ply, two-sided, two-story, twofold, undersign, understudy,
     underwrite, unison interval, upholder, validate, visa, vise,
     votary, warrant, week, weekday, well-wisher, whole step, wink,
     year, younger
  
  

From Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856) :

  SECOND. A measure equal to one sixtieth part of a minute. Vide Measure. 
  
  

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