Main definitions of sec in English

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sec1

  • Secant.

Pronunciation:

sec

/sɛk/

Main definitions of sec in English

: sec1sec2sec3

sec2

noun

informal
  • A second; a very short space of time.

    ‘stay put, I'll be back in a sec’
    • ‘I stared at my feet for a few secs until someone came up behind me.’
    • ‘‘Hang on a sec babe,’ Jack answered the phone again.’
    • ‘‘Ok, back in a sec guys,’ I called as I went out the door and started down the steps.’
    • ‘‘Hold on a sec okay,’ she said turning and walking out.’
    • ‘He came back to me after saying, ‘Hold on a sec Colie.’’
    • ‘I held my breath there for a sec wondering if they'd be able to hold onto the notes.’
    • ‘He began placing some of the medicines back into the first-aid kit ‘Wait here, I'll be back in a few sec.’’
    • ‘It takes a few secs to adjust to the unfamiliar Indian customs and British accents, but once you do, you're hooked.’
    • ‘Okay, one sec I just gotta let my parents know I'm leaving.’
    • ‘We'll be back in a sec girlies; Devon can keep you entertained awhile.’
    • ‘Just look at him, hold it for a couple secs, and then you're free to bolt.’
    • ‘That's it for a short sec - back again shortly.’
    moment, bit, little while, short time, instant, split second
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Origin

Late 19th century: abbreviation.

Pronunciation:

sec

/sɛk/

Main definitions of sec in English

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sec3

adjective

  • (of wine) dry.

    • ‘As it was, Holder gave us Jardin aux Lilas, not in an Edwardian garden, but perhaps in a penthouse drenched with the champagne sec of Cole Porter.’

Origin

French, from Latin siccus.

Pronunciation:

sec

/sɛk/

Main definitions of sec in English

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SEC

  • Securities and Exchange Commission, a US governmental agency which monitors trading in securities and company takeovers.

Pronunciation:

SEC

/ɛsiːˈsiː/