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second +‎ -er


seconder (plural seconders)

  1. (in combination) Something that lasts or takes a specified number of seconds.
    • 2003, Constance Rhodes, Life Inside the “Thin” Cage: A Personal Look into the Hidden World of the Chronic Dieter, Colorado Springs, CO: WaterBrook Press, →ISBN, page 149:
      I'm a post-first-weight-gain-in-ten-years, post-obsessing-about-food-every-minute-of-every-day, and life is different. It really is. I still struggle sometimes, but I can honestly say that the tapes are no longer playing. Once in a while I hear a little “commercial,” a brief ten-seconder: Are you sure you don't want to lose a little weight? Wouldn't you rather skip that high-fat meal?
  2. The person who makes a second to a motion in any formal procedure, such as a parliamentary procedure.
    He's been the seconder on many motions, but I don't think he's ever made a motion himself.
  3. (scouting) A Cub Scout serving as a second-in-command to a sixer.
    Synonym: second
  4. (climbing) A person who seconds; a person who climbs after the leader




From second +‎ -er, from Old French segonder.


  • IPA(key): /sə.ɡɔ̃.de/
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  1. (transitive) to assist
    Elle surveillait d'un œil profondément attentif le travail sanglant du bistouri, sa main adroite (...) employant tour à tour, pour seconder l'opérateur, les éponges, les fils (...) les crochets. (Feuillet, Morte, 1886)
  2. to help, ease
    Le principe protestant seconda d'abord l'essor scientifique et le développement industriel, en stimulant les efforts personnels et brisant des règles oppressives. (Comte, Catéchisme positiviste, 1852)


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