Apparently, Rhodes's agents were seconding their efforts—in fact wearing out the telegraph wires trying to hold him back.
And seconding words with blows, he fell upon his tall countryman.
These were the speeches made on the proposing and seconding of the address.
Dr. Blair, we are told, relieved their confusion by seconding Burns's praise.
She found me ready in seconding her wishes, and I was delighted to have so early an opportunity to make a display of our wealth.
You need not fear that you will offend them by seconding the address.
To Puppo was confided the direction of the orchestra; and to Bréval, the office of seconding Viotti.
This was a seconding of her brother's proposition with a vengeance.
There were too many distractions out of school, and parents were apt to be slow in seconding her efforts.
"No, we aren't tired," said Mollie, seconding Betty's efforts.
"next after first," c.1300, from Old French second, secont, and directly from Latin secundus "following, next in time or order," also "secondary, subordinate, inferior," from root of sequi "follow" (see sequel). Replaced native other in this sense because of the ambiguousness of the earlier word. Second sight is from 1610s; an etymologically perverse term, because it means in reality the sight of events before, not after, they occur. Second fiddle first attested 1809:
A metaphor borrowed from a musical performer who plays the second or counter to one who plays the first or the "air." [Bartlett, "Dictionary of Americanisms," 1848]
"one-sixtieth of a minute of degree," also "sixtieth part of a minute of time," late 14c. in geometry, from Old French seconde, from Medieval Latin secunda, short for secunda pars minuta "second diminished part," the result of the second division of the hour by sixty (the first being the "prime minute," now called the minute), from Latin secunda, fem. of secundus (see second (adj.)). The second hand of a clock is attested from 1759.
1580s, "to support or represent in a duel, fight, etc.," from Middle French seconder, from Latin secundare "to assist, make favorable," from secundus "assisting, favorable, following, second" (see second (adj.)). The noun in this sense is first recorded 1580s. The verb in the parliamentary sense is first recorded 1590s. Related: Seconded; seconding.
second sec·ond2 (sěk'ənd)
Coming next after the first in order, place, rank, time, or quality.
Being the next closest to the innermost digit, especially on the foot.