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 (s) [sek´und]
the base SI unit of time, equal to ¹⁄₆₀ of a minute, and defined in terms of the periodicity of specific radiation of cesium 133.


verb To temporarily transfer a person to the employ of another, as typically used in the UK, to gain work experience.


the SI unit of time. Symbol s. Abbreviated sec.

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Q. second wind My cousin is an experienced aerobic for nearly 2 years. She does vigorous exercises. How a ''second wind'' affects her and what is it?

A. The term ‘second wind is mostly known to the people who are related to the fitness. No matter how fit you are, the first few minutes into vigorous exercise you'll feel out of breath, and your muscles may ache. Your body isn't able to transport oxygen to the active muscles quickly enough. As a result, your muscles burn carbohydrates an aerobically, causing an increase in lactic acid production. Gradually, your body makes the transition to aerobic metabolism and begins to burn nutrients (carbohydrates and fats) aerobically. This shift over to aerobic metabolism coincides with your getting ''back in stride'' (a.k.a. the ''second wind''). The more you train and the more fit you become, the sooner you will get your ''breath'' back and reach an aerobic steady state that you can maintain for a relatively extended duration.

Q. What is the second phase of alcohol rehab? I guess the first one is well known... admitting you are addicted, but then what?

A. anybody??? advises about the second phase of rehab??

Q. what to expect from second month of pregnancy? My wife is pregnant for the first time and I'm knowledgeless...what should I expect from her second month? pain? moods? anything else I should know??

A. Thanks zoe2008, you've helped a lot! The craving thing is indeed happening, I've never bought so many sweet potato in my life!!!

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Nobody likes to consider the hegemony of the first-rate universities or even to characterize the "subjugated status" of the second-rate ones.
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Callng Palmer a "scrubber in a Puffa jacket" is fair enough, but calling EastEnders "a second-rate soap"?
I am old enough to remember Hitler classifying some people as second-rate citizens: homosexuals, gypsies, disabled people and mentally retarded people - and we all know what happened to them.
If Johnny Rotten has a second-rate mind, Roy, then that puts your pea-sized noggin in the Vauxhall Conference League.
Because Arnold is a genuine international movie star--and because France, whatever its eccentricities, is not in the habit of electing the stars of second-rate action movies to senior political positions--Arnold got much more coverage in the French press than the typical candidate for governor in California.
Approaching this book and reading it is like being attracted from a distance by the gaunt splendour of the Tate Modern, but emerging from it irritated by its labyrinthine, badly-lit galleries in idiotic places, leaving one with the impression of a second-rate power station tarted up by fashionable shopfitters.
In today's environment hotels are not doing very well and the Roosevelt is distinctively a second-rate hotel," said Lawrence Fiedler, president of JRM Development Enterprises.
For anyone at all interested in how racing works, with its intricate web of owners, trainers, breeders, jockeys, veterinarians, horse auctions, tracks, and sports reporters, the book has a wealth of detail as it follows the gray colt from his birth to seemingly second-rate parents to his stunning victory at Churchill Downs.
A Cambridge-educated presenter for a second-rate British television station, Wilson moonlighted as the impresario behind the musical explosion that put England's second city on the cultural map.
Chapter four narrates the last five years of Stradella's life, another mixture of first-rate music and second-rate intrigue.
In fact, Wolverton says, compared with the Gerbera daisy, potted mum and banana (Musa oriana), the spider plant is only second-rate.