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 for Independent seconds watch
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Independent \In`de*pend"ent\, a. [Pref. in- not + dependent: cf.
     F. ind['e]pendant.]
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     1. Not dependent; free; not subject to control by others; not
        relying on others; not subordinate; as, few men are wholly
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              A dry, but independent crust.         --Cowper.
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     2. Affording a comfortable livelihood; as, an independent
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     3. Not subject to bias or influence; not obsequious;
        self-directing; as, a man of an independent mind.
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     4. Expressing or indicating the feeling of independence;
        free; easy; bold; unconstrained; as, an independent air or
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     5. Separate from; exclusive; irrespective.
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              That obligation in general, under which we conceive
              ourselves bound to obey a law, independent of those
              resources which the law provides for its own
              enforcement.                          --R. P. Ward.
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     6. (Eccl.) Belonging or pertaining to, or holding to the
        doctrines or methods of, the Independents.
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     7. (Math.) Not dependent upon another quantity in respect to
        value or rate of variation; -- said of quantities or
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     8. (U. S. Politics) Not bound by party; exercising a free
        choice in voting with either or any party.
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     Independent company (Mil.), one not incorporated in any
     Independent seconds watch, a stop watch having a second
        hand driven by a separate set of wheels, springs, etc.,
        for timing to a fraction of a second.
     Independent variable. (Math.) See Dependent variable,
        under Dependent.
     Syn: Free; uncontrolled; separate; uncoerced; self-reliant;
          bold; unconstrained; unrestricted.
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