What does secondary mean?

Definitions for secondary
ˈsɛk ənˌdɛr isec·onda·ry

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. secondarynoun

    the defensive football players who line up behind the linemen

  2. secondary coil, secondary winding, secondaryadjective

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

  3. secondaryadjective

    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, subalternadjective

    inferior in rank or status

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

  5. secondaryadjective

    depending on or incidental to what is original or primary

    "a secondary infection"

  6. secondaryadjective

    not of major importance

    "played a secondary role in world events"

  7. secondaryadjective

    belonging to a lower class or rank

Wiktionary

  1. secondarynoun

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

  2. secondaryadjective

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

  3. secondaryadjective

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

  4. secondaryadjective

    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.

  5. secondaryadjective

    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.

  6. secondaryadjective

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

  7. secondaryadjective

    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.

  8. secondaryadjective

    Of less than primary importance.

  9. secondaryadjective

    Formed by mixing primary colors.

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

  10. secondarynoun

    Any flight feather attached to the ulna of a bird.

  11. secondarynoun

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

  12. secondarynoun

    The defensive backs.

  13. secondarynoun

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

  14. secondarynoun

    One who occupies a subordinate or auxiliary place; a delegate deputy.

    the secondary, or undersheriff, of the city of London

  15. secondarynoun

    A secondary circle.

  16. secondarynoun

    A satellite.

  17. secondarynoun

    A secondary school.

    There are four secondaries in this district, each with several thousand pupils.

  18. secondarynoun

    Anything secondary or of lesser importance.

  19. Etymology: From Middle English secundarie, from Latin secundārius ("of the second class or quality"), from secundus (whence the English second) + -ārius (whence the English suffix -ary); compare the French secondaire, the Italian secondario, the Occitan secundari, the Portuguese secundario, and the Spanish secundario.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. SECONDARYadjective

    Etymology: secundarius, Latin.

    Two are the radical differences: the secondary differences are as four. Francis Bacon, Natural History.

    Wheresoever there is moral right on the one hand, no secondary right can discharge it. Roger L'Estrange.

    Gravitation is the powerful cement which holds together this magnificent structure of the world, which stretcheth the North over the empty space, and hangeth the earth upon nothing, to transfer the words of Job from the first and real cause to the secondary. Richard Bentley.

    If the system had been fortuitously formed by the convening matter of a chaos, how is it conceivable that all the planets, both primary and secondary, should revolve the same way from the West to the East, and that in the same plane? Richard Bentley.

    That we were form’d then, say’st thou? and the work
    Of secondary hands, by task transfer’d
    From father to his son? John Milton, Paradise Lost, b. v.

    As in a watch’s fine machine,
    Though many artful springs are seen,
    The added movements which declare
    How full the moon, how old the year,
    Derive their secondary pow’r
    From that which simply points the hour. Matthew Prior.

  2. Secondarynoun

    A delegate; a deputy.

    Etymology: from the adjective.

ChatGPT

  1. secondary

    Secondary refers to something that is less important than or subsequent to something else. It could also refer to something that is indirectly derived from a primary source or occurring as a secondary process or consequence. In addition, in terms of position, secondary can refer to something that is not first or primary.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Secondaryadjective

    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. Secondaryadjective

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

  3. Secondaryadjective

    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. Secondaryadjective

    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. Secondaryadjective

    pertaining to the second joint of the wing of a bird

  6. Secondaryadjective

    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. Secondarynoun

    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. Secondarynoun

    a secondary circle

  9. Secondarynoun

    a satellite

  10. Secondarynoun

    a secondary quill

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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

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of secondary in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of secondary in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of secondary in a Sentence

  1. Alef Education CEO Geoffrey Alphonso:

    Wouldn't it be great if you could look at artificial intelligence and data to drive kids into the right careers, into the right choices for post secondary education ? if a student is doing really well at science, why not pique their interest in what it's like to be a scientist or an astronaut ?

  2. Sarah Leshner Carvalho:

    They (could) push out US$6bn in maturities...It alleviates short term funding pressures, once the tender offer is completed (secondary prices) will look better. We maintain our overweight (on Petrobras).

  3. Jeffrey Lewis:

    The connection of the cooling loop helps explain other activities seen at the 50MW( e) reactor in recent years, connecting the secondary cooling loop suggests, in hindsight, that the demolition of the apparent spent-fuel building was an early sign that North Korea intends to complete construction of the reactor.

  4. Doug Kass:

    With the stocks down so big, (it) seems to be an intermediate opportunity in the group, i'm trying to stick with Exxon, Chevron, Devon, the ones with rock-solid balance sheets. I'm not buying stocks down 16 to 17 percent, the secondary and tertiary companies.

  5. Jonathan DeSimone:

    I would say generically that it's a fair fight between the two asset classes right now, on the primary side, there's probably a slight edge to loans. From a pure secondary to secondary standpoint, I think there is probably a slight edge to high-yield.

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