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sea·trout or sea trout (sēʹtrout') n. 1. Any of several marine fishes of the genus Cynoscion, especially the weakfish. 2. Any of several trouts or similar fishes that live in ...
➡ elections * * *
/see at"l/, n. 1. (Seatlh), c1790-1866, Suquamish leader: Seattle, Washington, named after him. 2. a seaport in W Washington, on Puget Sound. 493,846. * * * City (pop., 2000: ...
Seattle Seahawks
▪ American football team  American professional gridiron football (football, gridiron) team based in Seattle. The Seahawks are the only National Football League (NFL) team ...
Seattle Slew
(foaled 1974) U.S. Thoroughbred racehorse. He was the first unbeaten racer ever to win the Triple Crown (1977). In his racing career of 17 races, he won 14, was second twice, ...
Seattle University
▪ university, Seattle, Washington, United States       private, coeducational institution of higher education in Seattle, Washington, U.S. It is affiliated with the ...
sea turtle n. Any of various large marine turtles of the families Cheloniidae and Dermochelyidae, including the green turtle, loggerhead turtle, ridley, and leatherback, having ...
/seet"werrk'/, n. Educ. work that can be done by a child at his or her seat in school without supervision. [SEAT + WORK] * * *
sea urchin n. Any of various echinoderms of the class Echinoidea, having a soft body enclosed in a round, symmetrical, calcareous shell covered with long spines. * * *
Seaver, (George)Thomas
Sea·ver (sēʹvər), (George) Thomas. Known as “Tom.” Born 1944. American baseball player. A right-handed pitcher mainly with the New York Mets (1967-1977), he had 311 ...
Seaver, Tom
▪ American athlete in full  George Thomas Seaver , also called  Tom Terrific  or  the Franchise  born Nov. 17, 1944, Fresno, Calif., U.S.    American professional ...
sea·wall also sea wall (sēʹwôl') n. An embankment to prevent erosion of a shoreline. * * *
sea walnut n. A walnut-shaped ctenophore, especially one of the genus Mnemiopsis. * * *
/see"weuhn/, n. wampum (def. 1). Also, seawant /see"wahnt'/, sewan. [1620-30, Amer.; < New York D sewan, zeewan, zeewant, etc. < Munsee Delaware *sé·wan unstrung wampum, lit., ...
/see"weuhrd/, adv. 1. Also, seawards. toward the sea: a storm moving seaward. adj. 2. facing or tending toward the sea: a seaward course. 3. coming from the sea: a seaward ...
See seaward. * * *
/see"wair'/, n. seaweed, esp. coarse, large seaweed, used chiefly as a fertilizer. [bef. 1000; OE saewar, equiv. to sae SEA + war seaweed (not recorded in ME)] * * *
sea wasp n. Any of various jellyfishes of the class Cubozoa, having a cube-shaped medusa and a venomous, sometimes fatal sting. * * *
/see"waw'teuhr, -wot'euhr/, n. the salt water in or from the sea. [bef. 1000; ME see water, OE saewaeter; see SEA, WATER] * * * Water that makes up the oceans and ...
/see"way'/, n. 1. a way over the sea. 2. the open sea. 3. the progress of a ship through the waves. 4. a more or less rough sea: a hard vessel to steer in a seaway. 5. a canal, ...
/see"weed'/, n. 1. any plant or plants growing in the ocean. 2. a marine alga. [1570-80; SEA + WEED1] * * * Any of certain species of red, green, and brown marine algae that ...
seaweed marquetry
marquetry having the form of symmetrical, foliate scrolls, as on English cabinetwork of the late 17th and early 18th centuries. * * *
Seawell, William Thomas
▪ 2006       general (ret.), U.S. Air Force (b. Jan. 27, 1918, Pine Bluff, Ark.—d. May 20, 2005, Pine Bluff), served in the air force for 22 years—rising to the rank ...
sea whip n. Any of various gorgonian corals forming flexible colonies with few or no branches and commonly found on coral reefs of the Atlantic. * * *
SeaWorld, Inc.
▪ American company       American company that manages commercial theme parks featuring marine life. The company is a subsidiary of Anheuser-Busch Companies, Inc. There ...
See seaworthy. * * *
—seaworthiness, n. /see"werr'dhee/, adj., seaworthier, seaworthiest. (of a vessel) 1. constructed, outfitted, manned, and in all respects fitted for a voyage at sea. 2. safe ...
sea wrack n. Material cast ashore, especially seaweed. * * *
/si bay"sheuhs/, adj. Physiol. 1. pertaining to, of the nature of, or resembling tallow or fat; fatty; greasy. 2. secreting a fatty substance. [1720-30; < NL sebaceus. See SEBUM, ...
sebaceous gland
any of the cutaneous glands that secrete oily matter for lubricating hair and skin. [1720-30] * * * Small oil-producing gland in the skin, usually connected to a hair follicle ...
sebaceous gland n. Any of various glands in the dermis of the skin that open into a hair follicle and produce and secrete sebum. * * *
/si bas"ik, -bay"sik/, adj. Chem. of or derived from sebacic acid. [1780-90; SEBAC(EOUS) + -IC] * * *
sebacic acid
Chem. a crystalline, slightly water-soluble, dibasic acid, C10H18O4, usually obtained from castor oil: used chiefly in the manufacture of plasticizers and resins. [1780-90] * * *
se·bac·ic acid (sĭ-băsʹĭk, -bāʹsĭk) n. A white crystalline acid, COOH(CH2)8COOH, used in the manufacture of certain synthetic resins and fibers, various plasticizers, ...
Sebald, Winifred Georg
▪ 2002       German-born novelist and scholar (b. May 18, 1944, Wertach im Allgäu, Ger.—d. Dec. 14, 2001, Norwich, Eng.), entranced casual readers and critics alike ...
/si bas"cheuhn/, n. 1. Saint, died A.D. 288?, Roman martyr. 2. a male given name. * * * (as used in expressions) Bach Johann Sebastian Brant Sebastian Cabot Sebastian Coe ...
Sebastian Coe
➡ Coe * * *
Sebastián Vizcaíno Bay
▪ bay, Mexico Spanish  Bahía Sebastián Vizcaíno,         bay of the Pacific Ocean, western Baja California peninsula, Mexico. The bay is approximately 80 miles ...
Sebastiano del Piombo
orig. Sebastiano Luciani born с 1485, Venice, Republic of Venice died July 21, 1547, Rome, Papal States Italian painter. While in Venice, he was highly influenced by his ...
/si bas"teuh pohl'/, n. Sevastopol. * * *
See southeast by east. * * *
In ancient Egyptian religion, a crocodile god. His chief sanctuary in Fayyūm province included a sacred crocodile, which was believed to be an incarnation of the god. Sebek may ...
▪ queen of Egypt also spelled  Sobekneferu        queen who ruled as king of ancient Egypt (Egypt, ancient) (c. 1760–c. 1756 BCE); she was the last ruler of the ...
▪ Romania Hungarian  Szasz Sebes , German  Mühlbach        town, Alba județ (county), west-central Romania. It lies in the valley of the Sebeș River, on a ...
▪ African king also spelled  Sebitwane, or Sibituane   died 1851, Barotseland [now in Zambia]       southern African king (reigned from c. 1820) who established a ...
sebi- or sebo- pref. Fat; sebum: sebiferous.   [From Latin sēbum, tallow.] * * *
sebiferous [səbip′ər əssə bif′ər əs] adj. 〚< L sebum, tallow (see SOAP) + -FEROUS〛 Biol. secreting a fatty or waxlike substance; sebaceous: also sebiparous ...
/si boh"im/, n. Douay Bible. Zeboim. * * *
—seborrheal, seborrheic, adj. /seb'euh ree"euh/, n. Pathol. an excessive and abnormal discharge from the sebaceous glands. Also, seborrhoea. [1875-80; SEB(UM) + -O- + -RRHEA] * ...
See seborrhea. * * *
seborrheic dermatitis
also called  Seborrheic Eczema, or Seborrheic Corporis,         a type of dermatitis (q.v.). * * *
Sebou River
River, northern Morocco. From its source as the Wadi Guigou, it flows north to Fès and then east to the Atlantic Ocean at Mehdiya, a distance of 280 mi (450 km). Its basin is a ...
▪ Florida, United States       city, seat (1921) of Highlands county, south-central Florida, U.S. The city encircles Lake Jackson and is situated about 70 miles (110 ...
See southeast by south. * * *
▪ Ghaznavid ruler in full Abū Manṣūr Sebüktigin born c. 942, , Barskhan, Afg. died August 997, Balkh       founder of the Ghaznavid dynasty, which ruled much of ...
/see"beuhm/, n. Physiol. the fatty secretion of the sebaceous glands. [1700-10; < L sebum tallow, grease] * * *
sec1 /sek/, adj. (of wines) dry; not sweet. [1885-90; < F; see SACK3] sec2 /sek/, n. Informal. second2 (def. 2). [1955-60; by shortening] 1. secant. 2. second. 3. ...
U.S. Govt. Securities and Exchange Commission: a board, consisting of five members, charged with regulating the public offer and sale of securities. Also, S.E.C. * * *
1. second. 2. secondary. 3. secretary. 4. section. 5. sector. 6. according to. [ < L secundum] * * *
sec. leg.
according to law. [ < L secundum legem] * * *
—secantly, adv. /see"kant, -keuhnt/, n. 1. Geom. an intersecting line, esp. one intersecting a curve at two or more points. 2. Trig. a. (in a right triangle) the ratio of the ...
/sek"euh teuhr, -terr'/, n. (used with a sing. or pl. v.) Chiefly Brit. scissors or shears, esp. pruning shears. [1880-85; < F < L sec(are) to cut (see SECANT) + F -ateurs (pl.) ...
/si kaw"keuhs/, n. a town in NE New Jersey. 13,719. * * *
/sek"ee/; It. /sek"kee/, n. Pietro Angelo /pye"trddaw ahn"je law/, 1818-78, Italian Jesuit and astronomer. * * *
Secchi disk
Secchi disk or Secchi disc [sek′ē] n. a circular, white or colored disk lowered into a body of water to estimate the clarity of the water by measuring the depth at which it ...
Secchi, Pietro Angelo
▪ Italian astronomer born June 29, 1818, Reggio nell'Emilia, duchy of Modena [now in Italy] died Feb. 26, 1878, Rome, Italy       Italian Jesuit priest and ...
Sec·chi depth (sĕkʹē) n. A measure of the cloudiness or turbidity of surface water.   [After the Secchi disk.] * * *
Secchi disk n. A disk, divided into black and white quarters, used to gauge water clarity by measuring the depth at which it is no longer visible from the surface.   [After ...
/sek"oh/; It. /sek"kaw/, n. 1. See fresco secco. adj. 2. (of notes or passages in a musical score) played and released abruptly and without resonance. [1850-55; < It: dry; see ...
—seceder, n. /si seed"/, v.i., seceded, seceding. to withdraw formally from an alliance, federation, or association, as from a political union, a religious organization, ...
secede from the Union
➡ Civil War * * *
—secernment, n. /si serrn"/, v.t. 1. to discriminate or distinguish in thought. v.i. 2. to become secerned. [1620-30; < L secernere, equiv. to se- SE- + cernere to sift (cf. ...
See secern. * * *
—secessional, adj. /si sesh"euhn/, n. 1. an act or instance of seceding. 2. (often cap.) U.S. Hist. the withdrawal from the Union of 11 Southern states in the period 1860-61, ...
See secession. * * *
se·ces·sion·ism (sĭ-sĕshʹə-nĭz'əm) n. The policy of those maintaining the right of secession.   se·cesʹsion·ist n. * * *
—secessionism, n. /si sesh"euh nist/, n. 1. a person who secedes, advocates secession, or claims secession as a constitutional right. adj. 2. of or pertaining to secession or ...
➡ Civil War * * *
Symbol, Math. hyperbolic secant. [SEC(ANT) + H(YPERBOLIC)] * * *
Sech·ua·na (sĕch-wäʹnə) n. Variant of Setswana. * * *
/sek"euhl, sik"-/, n. a small, yellowish-brown variety of pear. [1810-20, Amer.; after surname of grower, Pennsylvania orchardist] * * *
Seckel (pear)
☆ Seckel (pear) or Seckel [sek′əl ] n. 〚after the Pa. fruit grower who originated it〛 a small, sweet, juicy, reddish-brown pear * * *
Seck·el pear (sĕkʹəl, sĭkʹ-) n. A variety of pear having small, sweet, reddish-brown fruit.   [Perhaps fromSeckle, the name of a Pennsylvania farmer.] * * *
/si kloohd"/, v.t., secluded, secluding. 1. to place in or withdraw into solitude; remove from social contact and activity, etc. 2. to isolate; shut off; keep apart: They ...
—secludedly, adv. —secludedness, n. /si klooh"did/, adj. 1. sheltered or screened from general activity, view, etc.: a secluded cottage. 2. withdrawn from or involving little ...
See secluded. * * *
See secludedly. * * *
/si klooh"zheuhn/, n. 1. an act of secluding. 2. the state of being secluded; retirement; solitude: He sought seclusion in his study. 3. a secluded place. [1615-25; < ML ...
—seclusively, adv. —seclusiveness, n. /si klooh"siv/, adj. 1. tending to seclude, esp. oneself. 2. causing or providing seclusion. [1815-25; secluse ( < L seclusus secluded; ...
See seclusive. * * *
See seclusively. * * *
/sek'oh bahr"bi tawl', -tal'/, n. Pharm. a white, odorless, slightly bitter powder, C12H18N2O3, used as a sedative and hypnotic. [1950-55; SECO(NAL) + BARBITAL] * * *
(1921–2001) a Welsh comic performer and singer. He is best known for appearing in the radio comedy series The Goon Show. He was made a knight in 1981. * * *
Secombe, Sir Harry Donald
▪ 2002       British comedian, actor, and writer (b. Sept. 8, 1921, Swansea, Wales—d. April 11, 2001, Guildford, Surrey, Eng.), starred as the gullible Neddie Seagoon ...
/sek"euh nawl', -nal', -nl/, Pharm., Trademark. a brand of secobarbital. * * *
second1 —seconder, n. /sek"euhnd/, adj. 1. next after the first; being the ordinal number for two. 2. being the latter of two equal parts. 3. next after the first in place, ...
Second Advent.
See Second Coming. [1730-40] * * *
Second Adventist
Adventist (def. 1). [1840-50, Amer.] * * *
Second Amendment
an amendment to the U.S. Constitution, ratified in 1791 as part of the Bill of Rights, guaranteeing the right to keep and bear arms as necessary to maintain a state militia. * * *
second axiom of countability
Math. See under axiom of countability. * * *
Second Balkan War.
See Balkan War (def. 2). * * *
second banana
Informal. 1. a comic who supports the leading comedian, often as a straight man, esp. in burlesque or vaudeville. 2. any person who plays a secondary role or serves in a ...
second base
Baseball. 1. the second in order of the bases from home plate. 2. the position of the player covering the area of the infield between second and first bases. [1835-45, Amer.] * * ...
second baseman
Baseball. the player whose position is second base. [1855-60, Amer.] * * *
second best
—second-best, adj. the next to the best in performance, achievement, craftsmanship, etc. [1400-50; late ME] * * *
Second Birth
Theol. spiritual rebirth. [1505-15] * * *
second blessing
Rom. Cath. Ch. an experience of sanctification coming after conversion. [1925-30] * * *
Second Chamber.
See under States-General (def. 1). [1900-05] * * *
second childhood
senility; dotage. [1900-05] * * *
Second City
Second City n. name for Chicago, Ill. * * *
second class
1. the class of travel accommodations, as on a train, that are less costly and luxurious than first class but are more costly and luxurious than third class. Cf. cabin class. 2. ...
Second Coming
the coming of Christ on Judgment Day. Also called Advent, Second Advent. [1635-45] * * * ▪ Christianity also called  Second Advent, or Parousia,         in ...
Second Commandment
"Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth. ...
second consonant shift
the consonant shift by which High German became differentiated from other Germanic languages. Cf. consonant shift, first consonant shift. [1935-40] * * *
second cousin
a child of a first cousin of one's parent. Cf. cousin (def. 1). [1650-60] * * *
second derivative
Math. the derivative of the derivative of a function: Acceleration is the second derivative of distance with respect to time. Cf. first derivative. * * *
second division
Sports. the half of a league comprising the teams having the poorest records at a particular time. [1895-1905] * * *
Second Empire
the empire established in France (1852-70) by Louis Napoleon: the successor to the Second Republic. * * * (1852–70) Period in France under the rule of Emperor Napoleon III ...
Second Empire style
▪ architecture also called  Napoleon III,  Second Empire Baroque , or  Beaux-Arts Style        architectural style that was dominant internationally during the ...
second estate
the second of the three estates: the nobles in France; the lords temporal in England. Cf. estate (def. 5). [1930-35] * * *
second fiddle
1. a secondary role: to play second fiddle to another person. 2. a person serving in a subsidiary capacity, esp. to one immediately superior. [1825-35] * * *
second floor
1. the floor or story above the ground floor. 2. (in Britain and elsewhere outside the U.S.) the second story completely above ground level. Cf. first floor. Also called second ...
second growth
the plant growth that follows the destruction of virgin forest. [1820-30] * * *
second hand
/sek"euhnd hand'/ for 1; /sek"euhnd hand"/ for 2, 3 1. the hand that indicates the seconds on a clock or watch. 2. an assistant or helper, as to a worker or foreman. 3. at second ...
second home
1. an additional residence, as at the shore or in the country, where one goes on weekends, vacations, and the like. 2. another residence, as of a close relative or friend, where ...
second intention
Logic. See under intention (def. 5b). * * *
Second International
an international association formed in 1889 in Paris, uniting socialistic groups or parties of various countries and holding international congresses from time to time: in 1923 ...
second language
1. a language learned by a person after his or her native language, esp. as a resident of an area where it is in general use. 2. a language widely used, esp. in educational and ...
second law of motion
Physics. See under law of motion. * * *
second law of thermodynamics.
See under law of thermodynamics (def. 1). * * *
second lien
a lien subordinate to a previous or preferred lien. * * *
second lieutenant
U.S. Mil. an Army, Air Force, or Marine officer of the lowest commissioned rank. Cf. ensign (def. 4). [1695-1705] * * *
Second Life
▪ Internet life-simulation network  life-simulation network on the Internet created in 2003 by the American company Linden Research, Inc. Second Life allows users to create ...
second line
☆ second line n. 〚from the impromptu percussive rhythms of the row of mourners behind the band in a New Orleans funeral procession〛 a jaunty, syncopated rhythm in 2/4 time, ...
second mate
the officer of a merchant vessel next in command beneath the first mate. Also called second officer. * * *
second messenger
Biochem. any of various intracellular chemical substances, as cyclic AMP, that transmit and amplify the messages delivered by a first messenger to specific receptors on the cell ...
second mortgage
a mortgage the lien of which is next in priority to a first mortgage. [1900-05] * * *
second nature
an acquired habit or tendency in one's character that is so deeply ingrained as to appear automatic: Neatness is second nature to him. [1655-65] * * *
second of arc
second2 (def. 4). * * *
second papers
(before 1952) an official petition for naturalization by a resident alien desiring to become a U.S. citizen, filed two years after his or her first papers and upon having lived ...
second person
Gram. the person used by a speaker in referring to the one or ones to whom he or she is speaking: in English you is a second person pronoun. [1665-75] * * *
second position
Ballet. a position in which the feet are spread apart and are at right angles to the direction of the body, the toes pointing out. See illus. under first position. * * *
Second Reader
Christian Science. the elected official of a church or society who conducts services and reads from the Scriptures. Cf. First Reader. [1890-95] * * *
second reading
the stage in the consideration of a legislative bill that provides an opportunity for debate and amendment. [1640-50] * * *
Second Reich
the German Empire 1871-1919. Cf. Reich. * * *
Second Republic
the republic established in France in 1848 and replaced by the Second Empire in 1852. * * * (1848–52) French republic established after the Revolutions of 1848 (following the ...
second self
one who associates so closely with a given person as to assume that person's mode of behavior, personality, beliefs, etc. [1580-90] * * *
second service
Ch. of Eng. the communion service: so called because it follows Morning Prayer. [1645-55] * * *
second sex
one sex considered as secondary or subordinate in role to the other, esp. women in a male-dominated society. [1810-20] * * *
second sheet
1. a sheet of blank stationery, used in a letter as the second and following pages to a sheet having a letterhead. 2. a sheet of lightweight paper, usually of inferior quality, ...
second shift
➡ feminism * * *
second sight
—secondsighted, adj. —secondsightedness, n. the faculty of seeing future events; clairvoyance. [1610-20] * * *
second story.
See second floor. * * *
second string
—second-string, adj. —second-stringer, n. 1. Sports. the squad of players available either individually or as a team to replace or relieve those who start a game. 2. a ...
second thought
1. Often, second thoughts. reservation about a previous action, position, decision, judgment, or the like: He had second thoughts about his decision. 2. on second thought, after ...
second unit
Motion Pictures. an additional crew on a film production, usually used at a second location for filming crowd scenes, exteriors, and other shots that do not require the principal ...
Second Vatican Council
the twenty-first Roman Catholic ecumenical council (1962-65) convened by Pope John XXIII. Its 16 documents redefined the nature of the church, gave bishops greater influence in ...
second wind
/wind/ 1. the return of ease in breathing after exhaustion caused by continued physical exertion, as in running. 2. the energy for a renewed effort to continue an ...
Second World
(sometimes l.c.) 1. the world's industrialized nations other than the U.S. and the U.S.S.R. 2. the Communist and socialist nations of the world. Cf. First World, Third World, ...
Second World War
➡ World War II. * * *
Second World War.
See World War II. * * *
See second best. * * *
/sek"euhnd klas", -klahs"/, adj. 1. of a secondary class or quality. 2. second-rate; inferior. adv. 3. by second-class mail or passenger accommodations: to travel ...
second-class citizen
1. a citizen, esp. a member of a minority group, who is denied the social, political, and economic benefits of citizenship. 2. a person who is not accorded a fair share of ...
second-class citizen n. A person considered inferior in status or rights in comparison with some others: “He believes women... are second-class citizens under the ...
second-degree [sek′ənd di grē′] adj. designating either the second highest level or the second lowest level of damage, rank, etc. * * *
second-degree burn
/sek"euhnd di gree'/, Pathol. See under burn1 (def. 47). [1935-40] * * *
second-degree murder
Law. See under murder (def. 1). [1945-50, Amer.] * * *
sec·ond-de·gree burn (sĕkʹənd-dĭ-grēʹ) n. A burn that blisters the skin and is more severe than a first-degree burn. * * *
/sek"euhnd foot"/, n. a unit of measurement of liquid flow, esp. of rivers, equal to one cubic foot per second. * * *
/sek"euhnd jen'euh ray"sheuhn/ adj. 1. being the second generation of a family to be born in a particular country: the oldest son of second-generation Americans. 2. being the ...
—second-guesser, n. /sek"euhnd ges"/, v.t. 1. to use hindsight in criticizing or correcting. 2. to predict (something) or outguess (someone): We must try to second-guess what ...
See second-guess. * * *
second-hand shops
➡ antiques * * *
See second person. * * *
—second-rateness, n. —secondrater, n. /sek"euhnd rayt"/, adj. 1. of lesser or minor quality, importance, or the like: a second-rate poet. 2. inferior; mediocre: a second-rate ...
See second-rate. * * *
See second-rateness. * * *
second-run [sek′əndrun′] adj. designating or of: a) a film, a TV program or series, etc. exhibited or telecast after the first-run showings b) a theater that shows ...
second-source [sek′əndsôrs′] adj. of or pertaining to a cooperative arrangement whereby the products, as electronic parts, of one company are also manufactured by another ...
/sek"euhnd stawr'ee, -stohr'ee/, adj. 1. of or located on the second story or floor. 2. of or pertaining to a second-story man: The theft was a second-story job. * * *
second-story man
a burglar who enters through an upstairs window. [1900-05] * * *
sec·ond-sto·ry man (sĕk'ənd-stôrʹē, -stōrʹē) n. Informal A burglar adept at entering through upstairs windows. * * *
sec·ond-strike (sĕk'ənd-strīkʹ) adj. Of, relating to, or constituting a nuclear-weapons force able to withstand nuclear attack and therefore capable of delivering a ...
second-string [sek′əndstriŋ′] adj. Informal 1. Sports that is the second or a substitute choice for play at the specified position 2. subordinate or inferior in rank, ...
See second-string. * * *
See Second World. * * *
Sec·ond Advent (sĕkʹənd) n. See Second Coming. * * *
See secondary. * * *
See secondarily. * * *
—secondarily /sek"euhn der'euh lee, sek'euhn dair"-/, adv. —secondariness, n. /sek"euhn der'ee/, adj., n., pl. secondaries. adj. 1. next after the first in order, place, ...
secondary accent
a stress accent weaker than primary accent but stronger than lack of stress. Also called secondary stress. [1830-40] * * *
secondary articulation
Phonet. coarticulation (def. 2). * * *
secondary beam
Physics. a beam of particles of one kind selected from the group of particles produced when a beam of particles from an accelerator (primary beam) strikes a target. * * *
secondary boycott
a boycott by union members against their employer in order to induce the employer to bring pressure on another company involved in a labor dispute with the union. [1945-50] * * *
secondary cell
Elect. See storage cell. [1905-10] * * *
secondary color
Art. a color, as orange, green, or violet, produced by mixing two primary colors. [1825-35] * * *
secondary contact
Sociol. communication or relationship between people characterized by impersonal and detached interest on the part of those involved. Cf. primary contact. * * *
secondary deviance
Sociol. deviant behavior that results from being publicly labeled as deviant and treated as an outsider. Cf. primary deviance. * * *
secondary diagonal.
See under diagonal (def. 9). * * *
secondary education
Traditional second stage in formal education, typically beginning at ages 11–13 and ending usually at ages 15–18. The distinction between elementary education and secondary ...
secondary emission
the emission of electrons (secondary electrons) from a material that is bombarded with electrons or ions. [1930-35] * * * ▪ physics       ejection of electrons ...
secondary gain
Psychiatry. any advantage, as increased attention, disability benefits, or release from unpleasant responsibilities, obtained as a result of having an illness (distinguished from ...
secondary group
Sociol. a group of people with whom one's contacts are detached and impersonal. Cf. primary group. * * *
secondary intention
Logic. See under intention (def. 5b). * * *
secondary market
Stock Exchange. the market that exists for an issue after large blocks of shares have been publicly distributed. Also called aftermarket. * * *
secondary memory
Computers. See secondary storage. * * *
secondary metal
metal derived wholly or in part from scrap. Cf. primary metal. * * *
secondary modern
n a type of secondary school (= for children aged 11-16) in England until the 1970s, providing a general education with an emphasis on practical or technical skills for children ...
secondary offering
Stock Exchange. the sale of a large block of outstanding stock off the floor of an exchange, usually by a major stockholder. * * *
secondary phloem
phloem derived from the cambium during secondary growth. * * *
secondary picketing
➡ trade union * * *
secondary process
Psychoanal. the conscious mental activity and logical thinking controlled by the ego and influenced by environmental demands. Cf. primary process. * * *
secondary propyl alcohol
Chem. See isopropyl alcohol. * * *
secondary quality
Epistemology. one of the qualities attributed by the mind to an object perceived, such as color, temperature, or taste. Cf. primary quality. [1690-1700] * * *
secondary rainbow
a faint rainbow formed by light rays that undergo two internal reflections in drops of rain, appearing above the primary rainbow and having its colors in the opposite ...
secondary recovery
extraction of oil or natural gas under artificially induced pressure after the natural flow has ceased. Cf. waterflood. [1935-40] * * *
secondary road
a road less important than a main road or highway. [1945-50] * * *
secondary school
—secondary-school, adj. a high school or a school of corresponding grade, ranking between a primary school and a college or university. [1825-35] * * *
secondary seventh chord
Music. a chord formed by superposition of three thirds upon any degree of the scale except the dominant. * * *
secondary sex characteristic
Med. any of a number of manifestations, as development of breasts or beard, muscularity, distribution of fat tissue, and change of pitch in voice, specific to each sex and ...
secondary spermatocyte
Cell Biol. See under spermatocyte. * * *
secondary storage
Computers. storage, as on disk or tape, supplemental to and slower than main storage, not under the direct control of the CPU and generally contained outside it: Secondary ...
secondary stress
1. Engin. a stress induced by the elastic deformation of a structure under a temporary load. 2. See secondary accent. * * *
secondary syphilis
Pathol. the second stage of syphilis, characterized by eruptions of the skin and mucous membrane. [1905-10] * * *
secondary tissue
Bot. tissue derived from cambium. * * *
secondary wave.
See S wave. * * *
secondary xylem
xylem derived from the cambium during secondary growth. * * *
secondary accent n. See secondary stress. * * *
secondary battery n. See storage battery. * * *
secondary cell n. A rechargeable electric cell that converts chemical energy into electrical energy by a reversible chemical reaction. Also called storage cell. * * *
secondary color n. A color produced by mixing two primary colors in equal proportions. See table at color. * * *
secondary consumer n. An animal that feeds on smaller plant-eating animals in a food chain. * * *
secondary electron n. An electron produced in secondary emission. * * *
secondary emission n. Emission of electrons from the surface of a substance as a result of bombardment by electrons or ions. * * *
secondary growth n. Growth in vascular plants from production of secondary tissues by a lateral meristem, usually resulting in wider branches and stems. * * *
secondary offering n. The sale of a large block of outstanding stock through dealers outside a stock exchange. * * *
secondary school n. A school that is intermediate in level between elementary school and college and that usually offers general, technical, vocational, or college-preparatory ...
secondarysex characteristic
secondary sex characteristic n. Any of various genetically transmitted physical or behavioral characteristics that appear in humans at puberty and in sexually mature animals and ...
secondary stress n. In both senses also called secondary accent. 1. The degree of stress weaker than a primary accent placed on a syllable in the pronunciation of a word. 2. The ...
secondary structure n. 1. The protein structure characterized by folding of the peptide chain into an alpha helix, beta pleated sheet, or random coil. 2. The folded, helical ...
secondary syphilis n. The second and highly infectious stage of syphilis, appearing from seven to ten weeks after the initial exposure, characterized by a general skin rash ...
secondary tissue n. Botany Tissue produced by a lateral meristem, such as secondary xylem and cork. * * *
secondary wall n. The innermost wall of a plant cell that is deposited after cell elongation has ceased. * * *
secondary wave n. An earthquake wave in which rock particles vibrate at right angles to the direction of wave travel. It can travel through solids but not through liquids. * * *
second banana n. Slang 1. One, such as an assistant or deputy, who is subordinate to another. 2. One who serves as the straight man opposite the leading comedian in a ...
second base n. Baseball 1. The base across the diamond from home plate, to be touched second by a runner. 2. The position played by a second baseman. * * *
second baseman n. Baseball The infielder who is positioned near and to the first-base side of second base. * * *
second best n. One that is next to the best. adv. Next to the best.   sec'ond-bestʹ (sĕk'ənd-bĕstʹ) adj. * * *
second blessing n. Sanctification of a Christian believer, considered as a gift of the Holy Spirit given after conversion and sometimes thought of as rendering the believer ...
second childhood n. Senility; dotage. * * *
second class n. 1. Travel accommodations ranking next below the highest or first class. 2. Second-class mail. * * *
Second Coming n. Christianity The return of Jesus as judge for the Last Judgment. Also called Advent, Second Advent. * * *
second cousin n. 1. A child of a first cousin of one's parent. 2. A child of one's first cousin; a first cousin once removed. * * *
/si kond"/; Fr. /seuh gawonnd"/, n., pl. secondes /-kondz"/; Fr. /-gawonnd"/. Fencing. the second of the eight defensive positions. [1680-90; < F, fem. of second SECOND1] * * *
Second Empire n. A heavily ornate style of furniture, architecture, and decoration that was developed in France in the middle of the 19th century.   [After Second Empire, the ...
second fiddle n. Informal 1. A secondary role. 2. One who plays a secondary role. * * *
second growth n. Trees that cover an area after the removal of the original stand, as by cutting or fire. * * *
—secondhandedness, n. /sek"euhnd hand"/, adj. 1. not directly known or experienced; obtained from others or from books: Most of our knowledge is secondhand. 2. previously used ...
secondhand smoke
smoke from a cigarette, cigar, or pipe that is involuntarily inhaled, esp. by nonsmokers. [1975-80] * * *
secondhand smoke n. Cigarette, cigar, or pipe smoke that is inhaled unintentionally by nonsmokers. * * *
se·con·di (sĭ-kônʹdē) n. Plural of secondo. * * *
second lieutenant n. 1. The lowest commissioned rank in the U.S. Army, Air Force, and Marine Corps. 2. One who holds this rank. * * *
/sek"euhnd lee/, adv. in the second place; second. [1325-75; ME; see SECOND1, -LY] * * *

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