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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He accepted no information or explanation at second hand, but made himself the master of everything confided to him.
Certainly vain-glory helpeth to perpetuate a man's memory; and virtue was never so beholding to human nature, as it received his due at the second hand.
No,' said Arthur, 'I know your kind offices at second hand, but on the best authority; through Little Dorrit.
They had made themselves also, in a manner, factors for the upper tribes, supplying them at second hand, and at greatly advanced prices, with goods derived from the white men.
Nor was Blifil contented with flattering both these gentlemen to their faces; he took frequent occasions of praising them behind their backs to Allworthy; before whom, when they two were alone, and his uncle commended any religious or virtuous sentiment (for many such came constantly from him) he seldom failed to ascribe it to the good instructions he had received from either Thwackum or Square; for he knew his uncle repeated all such compliments to the persons for whose use they were meant; and he found by experience the great impressions which they made on the philosopher, as well as on the divine: for, to say the truth, there is no kind of flattery so irresistible as this, at second hand.
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I urge all second hand Cycle Retailers to ensure that they check bikes with BikeRegister before purchase to verify legitimacy of sales.
Now a days, rates of second hand clothes have also increased by 25 to 50 percent as compared to the last year.
Second hand shops have been around for generations, supplying all sort of household goods.
It is observed that a large number of low-income people swarmed these bazaars to buy second hand clothes and sweaters.
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The operation, which took place on Thursday, saw 18 second hand shops, antique shops and pawnbrokers in the city centre visited to ensure none were taking in stolen goods, and to check they are abiding by minimum standards.