[ adjective ] derived from what is primary or original; not firsthand
"a secondhand report" "a secondhand account of a memory of something once read" "most of our knowledge is secondhand"
Used in print(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 .
[ adverb ] by indirect means
"I heard about it only secondhand or thirdhand" "he prefers to buy secondhand"
Used in print(Dan McLachlan, Jr., "Communication Networks and...)
Information beyond nearest neighbor is carried second - , third - , and fourth hand as a distortable rumor .
[ adjective ] previously used or owned by another
"bought a secondhand (or used) car"
Used in print(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 .