sec

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Translingual[edit]

Symbol[edit]

sec

  1. (trigonometry) Symbol of the trigonometric function secant.
    Coordinate terms: csc, cot, arcsec
  2. (nonstandard) Symbol of second, an SI unit of measurement of time.

Usage notes[edit]

The standard symbol for "second" is s.


English[edit]

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Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /sɛk/
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -ɛk

Noun[edit]

sec (plural sec or secs)

  1. (colloquial) Second, 160 of a minute. [from 1881]
  2. (colloquial) Clipping of second (short indeterminate period of time).
    • 1881 August 27, “In Church”, in Supplement to the Manchester Weekly Times, Manchester, England, page 8:
      And the sloping of the shoulder / From the slender shapely neck / Makes you long to come behind her and to hold her / Just a sec.
    Wait a sec!
  3. (colloquial, politics) Clipping of secretary.
    shadow sec

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Aromanian[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

From Latin siccus. Compare Romanian sec.

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Adjective[edit]

sec

  1. dry
  2. barren, deserted

Etymology 2[edit]

From Latin siccō. Compare Romanian seca, sec.

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Verb[edit]

sec (third-person singular present seacã, past participle sicatã)

  1. I dry, dry up.
  2. I exhaust, wither, drain, empty.
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Catalan[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

From Old Catalan sech, from Latin siccus (dry), from Proto-Indo-European *seyk-.

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Adjective[edit]

sec (feminine seca, masculine plural secs, feminine plural seques)

  1. dry (free from or lacking moisture)
    Synonym: eixut
  2. (of wine) dry (low in sugar)
  3. skinny
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Etymology 2[edit]

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Verb[edit]

sec

  1. first-person singular present indicative form of seure

Etymology 3[edit]

Noun[edit]

sec m (plural secs)

  1. (2016 spelling reform) Alternative form of séc

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French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old French sec, from Latin siccus (dry), from Proto-Indo-European *seyk-.

Pronunciation[edit]

Adjective[edit]

sec (feminine sèche, masculine plural secs, feminine plural sèches)

  1. dry
  2. dried, having had its moisture evaporated
    des abricots secsdried apricots
    du poisson secdried fish
  3. lean, thin, skinny
  4. (of alcohol) bitter, not sweet
  5. (of a person) harsh
    Désolé si j'ai été un peu sec.
    Sorry if I was a bit harsh.

Descendants[edit]

  • Turkish: sek

Noun[edit]

sec m (plural secs)

  1. something that is dry
    • 1883, La Bible, translated by Louis Segond, Genesis 1:9
      Que les eaux qui sont au-dessous du ciel se rassemblent en un seul lieu, et que le sec paraisse.
      Let the waters below the heavens gather in one place, and let the dry stuff (i.e. the land) come forth.

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Lower Sorbian[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From Proto-Slavic *sěťi (to cut, chop).

Pronunciation[edit]

Verb[edit]

sec impf (perfective pósec)

  1. to mow (cut something down)

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Further reading[edit]

  • Muka, Arnošt (1921, 1928), “sec”, in Słownik dolnoserbskeje rěcy a jeje narěcow (in German), St. Petersburg, Prague: ОРЯС РАН, ČAVU; Reprinted Bautzen: Domowina-Verlag, 2008
  • Starosta, Manfred (1999), “sec”, in Dolnoserbsko-nimski słownik / Niedersorbisch-deutsches Wörterbuch (in German), Bautzen: Domowina-Verlag

Occitan[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old Occitan sec, from Latin siccus (dry), from Proto-Indo-European *seyk-.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (file)

Adjective[edit]

sec m (feminine singular seca, masculine plural secs, feminine plural secas)

  1. dry

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Further reading[edit]

  • Joan de Cantalausa (2006) Diccionari general occitan a partir dels parlars lengadocians, 2 edition, →ISBN, page 898.
  • Diccionari General de la Lenga Occitana, L’Academia occitana – Consistòri del Gai Saber, 2008-2016, page 591.

Old English[edit]

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Adjective[edit]

sēc (Anglian)

  1. Alternative form of sēoc

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Old French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin siccus.

Adjective[edit]

sec m (oblique and nominative feminine singular seche)

  1. dry (lacking moisture)

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Romanian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin siccus, from Proto-Indo-European *seyk-.

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Adjective[edit]

sec m or n (feminine singular seacă, plural seci)

  1. dry
  2. barren, empty, deserted; also dried up
  3. (figuratively) missing or deficient in something, lacking; also useless
  4. (figuratively) dull, stupid, empty-headed
  5. (regional, Transylvania) skinny

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Romansch[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin siccus.

Adjective[edit]

sec m (feminine singular secca, masculine plural secs, feminine plural seccas)

  1. (Sursilvan) dry