Definition of second-hand
1. secondhand [ a ] derived from what is primary or original; not firsthand
Examples: "a secondhand report" "a secondhand account of a memory of something once read" "most of our knowledge is secondhand"
(James Boylan, "Mutinity"...)
For hundreds of years , the evidence available consisted_of ( 1 ) the captain 's fragmentary journal , ( 2 ) a highly prejudiced account by one of the survivors , ( 3 ) a note found in a dead man 's desk on_board , and ( 4 ) several second-hand reports .Synonyms secondhand Related Terms secondary
2. secondhand [ r ] by indirect means
Examples: "I heard about it only secondhand or thirdhand" "he prefers to buy secondhand"
(Dan McLachlan, Jr., "Communication Networks and...)
Information beyond nearest neighbor is carried second - , third - , and fourth hand as a distortable rumor .Synonyms secondhand
3. secondhand [ a ] previously used or owned by another
Examples: "bought a secondhand (or used) car"
(Orlin J. Scoville, Part-Time Farming...)
You can keep your machinery investment down by buying good secondhand machinery , by sharing the cost and upkeep of machinery with a neighbor , and by hiring someone with machinery to do certain jobs .Synonyms used secondhand pre-owned Related Terms old
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