second hand

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second hand 1

The hand on a clock or watch that marks the seconds.

second hand 2

An intermediary person or source: heard the news at second hand.

second hand

(Horology) a pointer on the face of a timepiece that indicates the seconds. Compare hour hand, minute hand

sec•ond hand

(ˈsɛk ənd ˌhænd for 1; ˈsɛk ənd ˈhænd for 2,3 )
the hand that indicates the seconds on a clock or watch.
at second hand, through an intermediate source: news heard at second hand.
[1425–75 for definition 3; 1750–60 for definition 1]


(ˈsɛk əndˈhænd)

1. not directly known or experienced: secondhand knowledge.
2. previously used or owned: secondhand clothes.
3. dealing in previously used goods: a secondhand bookseller.
4. after another user or owner: He bought it secondhand.
5. indirectly; at second hand: heard the news secondhand.
sec′ond•hand′ed•ness, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.second hand - an intermediate person; used in the phrase `at second hand'; "he could learn at second hand from books"
go-between, intercessor, intermediary, intermediator, mediator - a negotiator who acts as a link between parties
2.second hand - hand marking seconds on a timepiece
hand - a rotating pointer on the face of a timepiece; "the big hand counts the minutes"
sweep hand, sweep-second - a second hand that is mounted on the same center as the hour and minute hand and is read on the minutes
Adv.1.second hand - from a source of previously owned goods; "I prefer to buy second hand"

second hand

nlancetta dei secondi
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