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Meaning of SECONDARY

Pronunciation:  'sekun`deree

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  1. [n]  coil such that current is induced in it by passing a current through the primary coil
  2. [n]  the defensive football players who line up behind the linemen
  3. [adj]  belonging to a lower class or rank
  4. [adj]  not of major importance; "played a secondary role in world events"
  5. [adj]  of second rank or importance or value; not direct or immediate; "the stone will be hauled to a secondary crusher"; "a secondary source"; "a secondary issue"; "secondary streams"
  6. [adj]  depending on or incidental to what is original or primary; "a secondary infection"
  7. [adj]  inferior in rank or status; "the junior faculty"; "a lowly corporal"; "petty officialdom"; "a subordinate functionary"

SECONDARY is a 9 letter word that starts with S.


 Synonyms: alternate, alternative, auxiliary, collateral, incident, incidental, indirect, inferior, junior, junior-grade, lower, lower-ranking, low-level, lowly, minor, petty(a), secondary coil, secondary winding, secondhand, second-string, standby, subaltern, subordinate, subsidiary, substitute(a), supplemental, supplementary, thirdhand, tributary, utility(a), vicarious
 Antonyms: primary
 See Also: back, coil, eleven, football team, formation, inessential, transformer, unessential, unoriginal



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Sec"ond*a*ry\, a. [Cf. F. secondaire, L. secundaire.
    See {Second}, a.]
    1. Suceeding next in order to the first; of second place,
       origin, rank, rank, etc.; not primary; subordinate; not of
       the first order or rate.
             Wheresoever there is normal right on the one hand,
             no secondary right can discharge it.  --L'Estrange.
             Two are the radical differences; the secondary
             differences are as four.              --Bacon.
    2. Acting by deputation or delegated authority; as, the work
       of secondary hands.
    3. (Chem.) Possessing some quality, or having been subject to
       some operation (as substitution), in the second degree;
       as, a secondary salt, a secondary amine, etc. Cf.
    4. (Min.) Subsequent in origin; -- said of minerals produced
       by alteertion or deposition subsequent to the formation of
       the original rocks mass; also of characters of minerals
       (as secondary cleavage, etc.) developed by pressure or
       other causes.
    5. (Zo["o]l.) Pertaining to the second joint of the wing of a
    6. (Med.) Dependent or consequent upon another disease; as,
       Bright's disease is often secondary to scarlet fever.
       (b) Occuring in the second stage of a disease; as, the
           secondary symptoms of syphilis.
    {Secondary accent}. See the Note under {Accent}, n., 1.
    {Secondary age}. (Geol.) The Mesozoic age, or age before the
       Tertiary. See {Mesozoic}, and Note under {Age}, n., 8.
    {Secondary alcohol} (Chem.), any one of a series of alcohols
       which contain the radical {CH.OH} united with two
       hydrocarbon radicals. On oxidation the secondary alcohols
       form ketones.
    {Secondary amputation} (Surg.), an amputation for injury,
       performed after the constitutional effects of the injury
       have subsided.
    {Secondary axis} (Opt.), any line which passes through the
       optical center of a lens but not through the centers of
       curvature, or, in the case of a mirror, which passes
       through the center of curvature but not through the center
       of the mirror.
    {Secondary battery}. (Elec.) See under {Battery}, n., 4.
    {Secondary circle} (Geom. & Astron.), a great circle passes
       through the poles of another great circle and is therefore
       perpendicular to its plane.
    {Secondary circuit}, {Secondary coil} (Elec.), a circuit or
       coil in which a current is produced by the induction of a
       current in a neighboring circuit or coil called the
       primary circuit or coil.
    {Secondary color}, a color formed by mixing any two primary
       colors in equal proportions.
    {Secondary coverts} (Zo["o]l.), the longer coverts which
       overlie the basal part of the secondary quills of a bird.
       See Illust. under {Bird}.
    {Secondary crystal} (Min.), a crystal derived from one of the
       primary forms.
    {Secondary current} (Elec.), a momentary current induced in a
       closed circuit by a current of electricity passing through
       the same or a contiguous circuit at the beginning and also
       at the end of the passage of the primary current.
    {Secondary evidence}, that which is admitted upon failure to
       obtain the primary or best evidence.
    {Secondary fever} (Med.), a fever coming on in a disease
       after the subsidence of the fever with which the disease
       began, as the fever which attends the outbreak of the
       eruption in smallpox.
    {Secondary hemorrhage} (Med.), hemorrhage occuring from a
       wounded blood vessel at some considerable time after the
       original bleeding has ceased.
    {Secondary planet}. (Astron.) See the Note under {Planet}.
    {Secondary qualities}, those qualities of bodies which are
       not inseparable from them as such, but are dependent for
       their development and intensity on the organism of the
       percipient, such as color, taste, odor, etc.
    {Secondary quills} or {remiges} (Zo["o]l.), the quill
       feathers arising from the forearm of a bird and forming a
       row continuous with the primaries; -- called also
       {secondaries}. See Illust. of {Bird}.
    {Secondary rocks} or {strata} (Geol.), those lying between
       the Primary, or Paleozoic, and Tertiary (see {Primary
       rocks}, under {Primary}); -- later restricted to strata of
       the Mesozoic age, and at but little used.
    {Secondary syphilis} (Med.), the second stage of syphilis,
       including the period from the first development of
       constitutional symptoms to the time when the bones and the
       internal organs become involved.
    {Secondary tint}, any subdued tint, as gray.
    {Secondary union} (Surg.), the union of wounds after
       suppuration; union by the second intention.
    Syn: Second; second-rate; subordinate; inferior.
  2. \Sec"ond*a*ry\, n.; pl. {Secondaries}.
    1. One who occupies a subordinate, inferior, or auxiliary
       place; a delegate deputy; one who is second or next to the
       chief officer; as, the secondary, or undersheriff of the
       city of London.
             Old Escalus . . . is thy secondary.   --Shak.
    2. (Astron.)
       (a) A secondary circle.
       (b) A satellite.
    3. (Zo["o]l.) A secondary quill.