Definition of second position in English:

second position


  • 1Ballet
    A posture in which the feet form a straight line, being turned out to either side with the heels separated by the distance of a small step.

    • ‘Finding the right pointe shoe accessories, like finding your second position, takes practice.’
    • ‘If you can only maintain the first and second positions for 30 seconds (but not positions three and four), your balance is fair.’
    • ‘One partner hoists the other on one hip or across the shoulders, or balances him on legs spread in a wide second position.’
    • ‘From the first position, big jump into the second position plié.’
    • ‘For second position, open the legs to slightly more than hip-width.’
    • ‘Once you're warm, you can stretch your groin muscles doing the straddle position by standing up with feet parallel in second position, bending one leg while leaving the other straight.’
    1. 1.1 A position of the arms in which they are held out to each side of the body, curving forward and slightly upward.
      • ‘The students place their fingers at the base of their ribs and then extend their arms out to a second position that is somewhat low.’
      • ‘And another where a woman in a deep plié in second position with hands on hips propels herself in a circle, again using the heels to give the momentum.’
      • ‘In second position, you have to get the elbow up.’
      • ‘The arms are usually in an extended second position with the wrists slightly lifted when she is in the air.’
  • 2Music
    A position of the left hand on the fingerboard of a stringed instrument nearer to the bridge than the first position, enabling a higher-pitched set of notes to be played.

    • ‘Technical issues include some position work, with a couple well-chosen opportunities to access second position through finger substitutions or half-step shifts.’