Definition for SEC'OND

SEC'OND, v.t. [L. secundo; Fr. seconder; It. secondare.]

  1. To follow in the next place. Sin is seconded with sin. [Little used.] – South.
  2. To support; to lend aid to the attempt of another; to assist; to forward; to promote; to encourage; to act as the maintainer. We have supplies to second our attempt. – Shak. The attempts of Austria to circumscribe the conquests of Bonaparte, were seconded by Russia. – Anon. In God, one single can its ends produce, / Yet serves to second too some other use. – Pope.
  3. In legislation, to support, as a motion or the mover. We say, to second a motion or proposition, or to second the mover.

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