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.
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second hand

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

nlancetta dei secondi
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References in classic literature ?
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. Neither had the fame of Cicero, Seneca, Plinius Secundus, borne her age so well, if it had not been joined with some vanity in themselves; like unto varnish, that makes ceilings not only shine but last.
The remainder of this scene consisted entirely of raptures, excuses, and compliments, very pleasant to have heard from the parties; but rather dull when related at second hand. Here, therefore, we shall put an end to this dialogue, and hasten to the fatal hour when everything was prepared for the destruction of poor Sophia.
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Irish provider of financial services Bank of Ireland on Wednesday revealed that with its franchise partners it is launching a new Personal Contract Purchase (PCP) product for second hand cars.
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An Electronic Arts executive has revealed that the video game developer will be scrapping its controversial Online Pass system, which forced buyers of second hand games to pay EA for a code to play them online.