Definitions for secondaryˈsɛk ənˌdɛr i

This page provides all possible meanings and translations of the word secondary

Random House Webster's College Dictionary

sec•ond•ar•yˈsɛk ənˌdɛr i(adj.; n.)(pl.)-ar•ies.

  1. (adj.)next after the first in order, rank, or time.

  2. not primary or original:

    secondary sources of historical research.

  3. of minor or lesser importance.

  4. of or pertaining to secondary schools.

  5. Chem. involving or obtained by the replacement of two atoms or groups. noting or containing a carbon atom united to two other carbon atoms in a chain or ring molecule.

    Category: Chemistry

  6. noting or pertaining to the electrical current induced by a primary winding or to the winding in which the current is induced in an induction coil, transformer, or the like.

    Category: Electricity and Magnetism

  7. derived from a word that is itself a derived word: (of Latin, Greek, or Sanskrit tenses) having reference to past time.

    a secondary derivative.

    Category: Grammar

    Ref: Compare primary (def. 10). 13 2

  8. pertaining to any of a set of flight feathers on the second segment of a bird's wing.

    Category: Ornithology

  9. (n.)a person or thing that is secondary.

  10. a subordinate, assistant, deputy, or agent.

  11. a secondary feather.

    Category: Ornithology

  12. Football. the defensive unit that lines up behind the linemen.

    Category: Sport

Origin of secondary:

1350–1400; < L secundārius

sec′ond•ar`i•ness(n.)

Princeton's WordNet

  1. secondary(noun)

    the defensive football players who line up behind the linemen

  2. secondary coil, secondary winding, secondary(adj)

    coil such that current is induced in it by passing a current through the primary coil

  3. secondary(adj)

    being 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"

  4. junior-grade, lower-ranking, lowly, petty(a), secondary, subaltern(adj)

    inferior in rank or status

    "the junior faculty"; "a lowly corporal"; "petty officialdom"; "a subordinate functionary"

  5. secondary(adj)

    depending on or incidental to what is original or primary

    "a secondary infection"

  6. secondary(adj)

    not of major importance

    "played a secondary role in world events"

  7. secondary(adj)

    belonging to a lower class or rank

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. secondary(adjective)ˈsɛk ənˌdɛr i

    less important than the most important things

    We believe that profits should be secondary to saving the environment.

  2. secondaryˈsɛk ənˌdɛr i

    coming after sth else

    a secondary cancer

  3. secondaryˈsɛk ənˌdɛr i

    relating to education for children between 11 and 18 years of age

    secondary studies/education/schools

Wiktionary

  1. secondary(Noun)

    Any flight feather attached to the ulna (forearm) of a bird.

  2. secondary(Noun)

    An act of issuing more stock by an already publicly traded corporation.

  3. secondary(Noun)

    , The defensive backs.

  4. secondary(Noun)

    An inductive coil or loop that is magnetically powered by a primary in a transformer or similar

  5. secondary(Adjective)

    Succeeding next in order to the first; of second place, origin, rank, rank, etc.; not primary; subordinate; not of the first order or rate.

  6. secondary(Adjective)

    Acting by deputation or delegated authority; as, the work of secondary hands.

  7. secondary(Adjective)

    Possessing some quality, or having been subject to some operation (as substitution), in the second degree; as, a secondary salt, a secondary amine, etc. Compare primary.

  8. secondary(Adjective)

    Subsequent in origin; -- said of minerals produced by alteration 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.

  9. secondary(Adjective)

    Pertaining to the second joint of the wing of a bird.

  10. secondary(Adjective)

    Dependent or consequent upon another disease; as, Bright's disease is often secondary to scarlet fever; or occurring in the second stage of a disease; as, the secondary symptoms of syphilis.

  11. secondary(Adjective)

    Of less than primary importance.

  12. secondary(Adjective)

    Formed by mixing primary colors.

    Yellow is a secondary light color, though a primary CMYK color.

  13. Origin: From the secundarius, from secundus (whence the second) + -arius (whence the English suffix -ary); compare the secondaire, the secondario, the secundari, the secundario, and the secundario.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Secondary(adj)

    suceeding next in order to the first; of second place, origin, rank, rank, etc.; not primary; subordinate; not of the first order or rate

  2. Secondary(adj)

    acting by deputation or delegated authority; as, the work of secondary hands

  3. Secondary(adj)

    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. primary

  4. Secondary(adj)

    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. Secondary(adj)

    pertaining to the second joint of the wing of a bird

  6. Secondary(adj)

    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

  7. Secondary(noun)

    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

  8. Secondary(noun)

    a secondary circle

  9. Secondary(noun)

    a satellite

  10. Secondary(noun)

    a secondary quill

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'secondary' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2368

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'secondary' in Written Corpus Frequency: #3303

  3. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'secondary' in Adjectives Frequency: #312


Translations for secondary

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

secondary(adjective)

coming after, and at a more advanced level than, primary

secondary education.

Get even more translations for secondary »

Translation

Find a translation for the secondary definition in other languages:

Select another language:

Discuss these secondary definitions with the community:


Citation

Use the citation below to add this definition to your bibliography:

Style:MLAChicagoAPA

"secondary." Definitions.net. STANDS4 LLC, 2014. Web. 18 Apr. 2014. <http://www.definitions.net/definition/secondary>.

Are we missing a good definition for secondary?


The Web's Largest Resource for

Definitions & Translations


A Member Of The STANDS4 Network


Nearby & related entries:

Alternative searches for secondary: