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second

noun (TIME)    /ˈsek.ənd/
A2 [C] (abbreviation sec., s) a short unit of time that is equal to a 60th of a minute : There are 60 seconds in a minute . These computers process millions of instructions per second. The new system can trace a phone call in a fraction of a second.Specific periods of time B1 [C] a very short period of time : "Come on, hurry up!" "I'll just/only be a second - I've got to lock the back door ." Do you have a second, Paul? I'd like to have a word with you. It won't take a second (= it will be very quick ). Wait a couple of/a few seconds before trying again.Short in timeTemporary
(Definition of second noun (TIME) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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