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She won the 400 metres race in 51 seconds.
Each commercial lasts for 30 seconds.
Just give me a second to put my coat on.
I'll be with you in two seconds.
The computer crashed seconds later.
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a generation … who are balancing working life with caring for both their teenage children and elderly parents
a type of cake shaped like a tube with chocolate on top and cream inside
to gossip or share personal information with someone …
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Definition of second from the online English dictionary from Macmillan Publishers Limited.