second-string

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj second-string being a replacement or substitute for a regular member of a team "a second-string pitcher"
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Usage

In literature:

The second melody or answer (in low octaves of strings) is a scant disguise of the lower tune in the stormy duet of the first movement.
"Symphonies and Their Meaning; Third Series, Modern Symphonies" by Philip H. Goepp
LET DOWNE THAT HAUGHTIE STRING, etc., cease that high-pitched strain and sing a second (or tenor) to my (lower) tune.
"Spenser's The Faerie Queene, Book I" by Edmund Spenser
To be hanged by Glugs with second-hand string.
"The Glugs of Gosh" by C. J. Dennis
He took the strings off one wheel, letting Mun Bun play with that, and then tied more strings on the second wheel.
"Six Little Bunkers at Grandpa Ford's" by Laura Lee Hope
But this second string to my bow is better.
"Conjuror's House" by Stewart Edward White
A second string was added to our bow by a worthy Armenian of Smyrna.
"Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, No. CCCLXXVI. February, 1847. Vol. LXI." by Various
So now he had come to Westmoreland with this second string to his bow.
"Can You Forgive Her?" by Anthony Trollope
The first-string men were given easy practice and faced the second for only ten minutes in scrimmage.
"Left End Edwards" by Ralph Henry Barbour
It's a second string to the bow I had a thought about.
"The Lone Ranche" by Captain Mayne Reid
It did not take a second to fasten the string at each end; and then, grasping their sticks, the boys sprang upstairs.
"Held Fast For England" by G. A. Henty
The downward pressure of the second string is about 2/3 the Treble Foot of the Bridge, and 1/3 on the Bass Foot.
"The Violin" by George Hart
You are my second string, my reserve.
"Robert Elsmere" by Mrs. Humphry Ward
Rodney Shaw's second string made the pace a cracker and sailed round the first bend with a long lead.
"Settling Day" by Nat Gould
She was a second string to his bow.
"World's End" by Richard Jefferies
Lightner, the second-string end, was effectually boxed, and the runner, turning wide, was off down the field at top speed.
"The Turner Twins" by Ralph Henry Barbour
After a pause Wilhelmj came down and began again, but the string was so out of tune that he retired a second time.
"Music-Study in Germany" by Amy Fay
Mrs. Ray now untied the second package, and hung up that string.
"In a Mysterious Way" by Anne Warner
We won't need to use any of the second strings now.
"Loaded Dice" by Ellery H. Clark
Now bend the second stick (the cross piece) into a bow and tie a piece of twine from end to end like a bow-string.
"Home Occupations for Boys and Girls" by Bertha Johnston
But the Captain had more than one string to his bow, and we began a second one.
"The Weird of the Wentworths, Vol. 2" by Johannes Scotus
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In poetry:

Second one — he liked the wind from South,
Every noise for him was strings' accord,
He believed that life is just his spouse,
And the rag under his feet — the world.
"Only Serpents" by Nikolai Stepanovich Gumilev

In news:

The second installment of Rye's Back Porch Sessions is this Saturday night featuring the local 23 String Band.
Caribou will return to North America next month for the second string of dates in support of the fantastic Swim, released earlier this year on Merge.
The first half of Shandy Phillips' "Concertino for Violin, Viola, Piano and String Orchestra" is slow, while the second half is speedy.
In its last home game of the season, Humboldt State struggled to string together passes in the first half and didn't get a chance on goal until the second half.
Georges St-Pierre has not lost a fight since 2007, a string of nine straight UFC welterweight title defenses – the second most in company history.
Jennifer Whittle, first violin, cellist Jacob Saunders, Michael Sabatka, viola, and Alvin Tran, second violin - form the Ezra String Quartet.
Marty Mornhinweg was attempting to explain Friday how, even though Trent Edwards doesn't get many practice reps, he still has a good shot at making it with the Eagles as the second- or third-string quarterback.
It's taken nearly 20 years and a string of gun nut-sparked wildfires for state leaders to rethink their less-is-more approach to the Second Amendment.
(AP) — First string, second string or third string, Oklahoma State's quarterbacks have produced this season.
The Gophers largely spent those decades serving as target practice for the league's higher powers, yet they weren't without occasional bursts of second-string glory.
Eagles quarterback Trent Edwards will elevate from third string to second string if Michael Vick cannot play on Sunday.
Ian Moore and the Second-Hand String Band will perform at 7 pm on March 14 in the community room of the Jackson County Public Library in Sylva.
BUFFALO, NY (WKBW) Dale Gabler, 39, has pleaded guilty to four counts of Burglary in the Second Degree, following a string of break-ins in Buffalo's Elmwood Village.
Tie a second string just above the stick 's bottom.
In Kenya's second largest city, Mombasa, a string of alleged extrajudicial killings and disappearances of suspected terrorists has raised tensions between the police and the Muslim community.
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In science:

These spectra were interpreted as describing the normal modes of a relativistic string: an open string (with ends) in the first case and a closed string (loop) in the second case.
The Early History of String Theory and Supersymmetry
The second transduction distance ds φ (xT , yV ), which we call the stochastic edit distance , is the negative logarithm of the probability of the string pair hxT , yV i according to the transducer φ.
Learning string edit distance
This second distance differs from the first in that it considers the contribution of all ways to simultaneously generate the two strings.
Learning string edit distance
Second, just as for more conventional string actions, it has Weyl invariance: gαβ → λgαβ is a local symmetry.
The M Theory Five-Brane
With increasing disorder there is then the second critical disorder strength for which the string order vanishes.
Phases of random antiferromagnetic spin-1 chains
This means that the theory automatically contains multi-string ob jects living in a second quantized Hilbert space.
Lectures on D-branes, Gauge Theory and M(atrices)
How come string theory prefers the second way out? In order to explain this I have to open a parenthesis and tell you about some striking properties of quantum (super)strings.
A Simple/Short Introduction to Pre-Big-Bang Physics/Cosmology
The second way of thinking describes both halves as sections of a closed string.
On Second-Quantized Open Superstring Theory
One last property of our second quantized Fock space is that the open string end–points carry SO(32) gauge symmetry.
On Second-Quantized Open Superstring Theory
The second class involves the creation or destruction of string end–points, and is controlled by a boundary operator which is a “descendant” of the bulk interaction twist operator, in the sense that it is the part of it restricted to the boundary.
On Second-Quantized Open Superstring Theory
Permutation orbifold techniques have been applied in to the computation of the free-energy of the second quantized string, and in to matrix string theory.
Orbifoldization, covering surfaces and uniformization theory
The second, and most important difference is that the action of the string, namely the area A[σstring ] depends on the target space metric, and therefore depends on the precise location of σstring in the target space.
The century of the incomplete revolution: searching for general relativistic quantum field theory
When we divided the data from the second part of observations into smaller time intervals we have observed that the pulse shape begins to disappear for data strings covering less than 30000 seconds.
Post-Glitch RXTE-PCA Observations of the Vela Pulsar
Second, it is clear that the relation of K-theory to RR charges should have a profound generalization to include fundamental string and NS 5-brane charges.
Some Comments on Branes, G-flux, and K-theory
The code showed long term stability and second order convergence in vacuum tests based upon exact Weber-Wheeler waves [154], Xanthopoulos’ rotating solution [157] and in tests of wave scattering by a string.
Characteristic Evolution and Matching
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