Definition of second hand in US English:

second hand


  • An extra hand in some watches and clocks that moves around to indicate the seconds.

    • ‘I woke up in the hospital at three in the morning and I could see the second hand on the clock wasn't moving.’
    • ‘Try positioning yourself in view of a wall clock or use a watch with a second hand or timer.’
    • ‘If you use the second hand of your watch, you will need to convert minutes and seconds into a decimal value.’
    • ‘Wear a watch that has a second hand and be sure to keep an eye on it between sets.’
    • ‘The man spots another clock, where the second hand has not moved at all.’


second hand

/ˈsɛkən(d) hænd//ˈsekən(d) hand/