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Second, subst. 1) one next in order to another: “where each second stood heir to the first,” Oth. I, 1, 37. “such a place as is his own s.” II, 3, 144.
2) one who, or that which, assists and supports: “I'll be thy s.” Tp. III, 3, 103. “now prove good --s,” Cor. I, 4, 43. “you have shamed me in your condemned --s,” I, 8, 15.* “this project should have a back or s., that might hold, if this should blast in proof,” Hml. IV, 7, 154. “no --s? all myself?” Lr. IV, 6, 198. “if --s had answered him,” Cymb. V, 3, 90.
3) Plur. --s, a provincial term for the second kind of flour, collected after the smaller bran is sifted: “my oblation which is not mixed with --s,” Sonn. 125, 11 (== not mixed with baser matter).*
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