of lesser or minor quality, importance, or the like:
a second-rate poet.
a second-rate performance.
not of the highest quality; mediocre
second in importance, etc
noun, Christian Science. 1. the elected official of a church or society who conducts services and reads from the Scriptures.
noun 1. the stage in the consideration of a legislative bill that provides an opportunity for debate and amendment. second reading noun 1. the second presentation of a bill in a legislative assembly, as to approve its general principles (in Britain), or to discuss a committee’s report on it (in the US)
noun 1. the German Empire 1871–1919.
noun 1. the republic established in France in 1848 and replaced by the Second Empire in 1852. Second Republic noun 1. the republican government of France from the deposition of Louis Philippe (1848) until the Second Empire (1852) 2. the period during which this form of government existed (1848–52)