(Sec`un*da"tion) n. Prosperity. [R.]
(Sec"un*dine) n. [Cf. F. secondine.]
1. (Bot.) The second coat, or integument, of an ovule, lying within the primine.
In the ripened seed the primine and secundine are usually united to form the testa, or outer seed coat.
When they remain distinct the secundine becomes the mesosperm, as in the castor bean.
2. [Cf. F. secondines.] The afterbirth, or placenta and membranes; generally used in the plural.
(Se*cun`do-gen"i*ture) n. [L. secundus second + genitura a begetting, generation.]
A right of inheritance belonging to a second son; a property or possession so inherited.
The kingdom of Naples . . . was constituted a secundo-geniture of Spain.Bancroft.
(Se*cur"a*ble) a. That may be secured.
(Se*cure") a. [L. securus; pref. se- without + cura care. See Cure care, and cf. Sure, a.]
1. Free from fear, care, or anxiety; easy in mind; not feeling suspicion or distrust; confident.
But thou, secure of soul, unbent with woes.Dryden.
2. Overconfident; incautious; careless; in a bad sense. Macaulay.
3. Confident in opinion; not entertaining, or not having reason to entertain, doubt; certain; sure; commonly
with of; as, secure of a welcome.
Confidence then bore thee on, secureMilton.
Either to meet no danger, or to find
Matter of glorious trial.
4. Not exposed to danger; safe; applied to persons and things, and followed by against or from. "Secure
from fortune's blows." Dryden.
Syn. Safe; undisturbed; easy; sure; certain; assured; confident; careless; heedless; inattentive.
(Se*cure"), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Secured ; p. pr. & vb. n. Securing.]
1. To make safe; to relieve from apprehensions of, or exposure to, danger; to guard; to protect.
I spread a cloud before the victor's sight,Dryden.
Sustained the vanquished, and secured his flight.
2. To put beyond hazard of losing or of not receiving; to make certain; to assure; to insure; frequently
with against or from, rarely with of; as, to secure a creditor against loss; to secure a debt by a mortgage.
It secures its possessor of eternal happiness.T. Dick.
3. To make fast; to close or confine effectually; to render incapable of getting loose or escaping; as, to
secure a prisoner; to secure a door, or the hatches of a ship.
4. To get possession of; to make one's self secure of; to acquire certainly; as, to secure an estate.
Secure arms (Mil.), a command and a position in the manual of arms, used in wet weather, the object
being to guard the firearm from becoming wet. The piece is turned with the barrel to the front and grasped
by the right hand at the lower band, the muzzle is dropped to the front, and the piece held with the guard
under the right arm, the hand supported against the hip, and the thumb on the rammer.