from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Next to the best; of second quality; best except one.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adv. in second place
  • adj. next to the best


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  • But the consequence was that the so-called second-best advocate in Rome, his cordial greeting dead on his lips, was left staring at the retreating back of the so-called best with such an intensity of loathing I was surprised Hortensius did not start rubbing at the skin between his shoulder blades.


  • It was Indiana's second-best scoring effort of the season, behind its NBA season-high, 144-point outburst Nov. 9 against Denver.

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  • But should the best way be blocked, while the enemy draws nearer, then someone will need to find the second-best way.

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  • The second-best option is a case control study, where investigators analyze a group that has been naturally subjected to the issue under examination.

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  • Most experts regard second baseman Danny Espinosa as the Nationals' second-best prospect behind Harper.

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  • SAN FRANCISCO — Last year's net inflows into exchange-traded products backed by gold declined 41% from 2009, but were enough to ensure that 2010 was the second-best year on record for such instruments, a gold industry trade group said Wednesday.

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  • The president spoke of a "We-do-big-things" ideal America, a country on the verge of "our generation's Sputnik moment," a technological wake-up call that taps into our paranoia of being second-best or ninth-best, or 30th-best.

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  • The second-best choice would be to craft an entirely new logo.

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  • The fund, last year's second-best performer among 302 funds in the large-cap value category, is down 10% this year.

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  • Historically, December is the second-best month of the year for stocks after July.

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