(Sometimes, more euphoniously, “second-system syndrome”) When one is designing the successor to a relatively small, elegant, and successful system, there is a tendency to become grandiose in one’s success and design an elephantine feature-laden monstrosity. The term was first used by Fred Brooks in his classic “The Mythical Man-Month. It described the jump from a set of nice, simple operating systems on the IBM 70xx series to OS/360 on the 360 series. A similar effect can also happen in an evolving system; see Brooks’s Law, creeping elegance, creeping featurism. See also Multics, OS/2, X, software bloat.
or second-thought noun 1. Often, second thoughts. reservation about a previous action, position, decision, judgment, or the like: He had second thoughts about his decision. Idioms 2. on second thought, after reconsideration: On second thought, I don’t think I’ll go. second thought noun 1. (usually pl) a revised opinion or idea on a matter already […]
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second tooth n. See permanent tooth.
noun, Movies. 1. an additional crew on a film production, usually used at a second location for filming crowd scenes, exteriors, and other shots that do not require the principal actors.
noun 1. the twenty-first Roman Catholic ecumenical council (1962–65) convened by Pope John XXIII. Its 16 documents redefined the nature of the church, gave bishops greater influence in church affairs, and increased lay participation in liturgy.