Definition:Second/Linguistic Note

From ProofWiki
Jump to navigation Jump to search

Linguistic Note on Second

The word second, in the context of the measurement of time and of angle, derives from the fact that it was originally specified as a second minute part of an hour or of a degree of arc.

The minute had already been defined as a minute part of an hour.

The use of the word second in English, in this specific context, started near the end of the $16$th century.