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.
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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.

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.
   1. Immediately following the first; next to the first in
      order of place or time; hence, occurring again; another;
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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.
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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;
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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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            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.
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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.,
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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.

   Second hand, the hand which marks the seconds on the dial
      of a watch or a clock.
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