1 As noun: interval in melody or harmony, being 2 steps in major or minor scale. Minor second is a semitone, e.g. C up to D♭; major second is 2 semitones, e.g. C up to D; augmented second is 3 semitones, e.g. C up to D♯.
2 As adjective: term denoting perf. of lower‐pitched part, such as 2nd vn., 2nd tb.
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