What does secondary mean?

Definitions for secondary
ˈsɛk ənˌdɛr isec·ondary

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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

Wiktionary

  1. secondary(Noun)

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

    Etymology: 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.

  2. 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.

    Etymology: 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.

  3. secondary(Adjective)

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

    Etymology: 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.

  4. 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.

    Etymology: 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.

  5. 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.

    Etymology: 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.

  6. secondary(Adjective)

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

    Etymology: 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.

  7. 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.

    Etymology: 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.

  8. secondary(Adjective)

    Of less than primary importance.

    Etymology: 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.

  9. secondary(Adjective)

    Formed by mixing primary colors.

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

    Etymology: 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.

  10. secondary(Noun)

    Any flight feather attached to the ulna of a bird.

    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.

  11. secondary(Noun)

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

    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.

  12. secondary(Noun)

    The defensive backs.

    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.

  13. secondary(Noun)

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

    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.

  14. secondary(Noun)

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

    the secondary, or undersheriff, of the city of London

    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.

  15. secondary(Noun)

    A secondary circle.

    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.

  16. secondary(Noun)

    A satellite.

    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.

  17. secondary(Noun)

    A secondary school.

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

    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.

  18. secondary(Noun)

    Anything secondary or of lesser importance.

    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.

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

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How to say secondary in sign language?

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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. Subodh Chandra:

    The issue of secondary employment is of no real interest to us, and it is an example of the city providing the appearance of doing something when it actually doesn't hold anyone accountable.

  2. Leonard Peikoff:

    Contrary to the Marxists, the Nazis did not advocate public ownership of the means of production. They did demand that the government oversee and run the nation’s economy. The issue of legal ownership, they explained, is secondary; what counts is the issue of control. Private citizens, therefore, may continue to hold titles to property—so long as the state reserves to itself the unqualified right to regulate the use of their property.

  3. Michael Farias:

    I found out there was no secondary market for ambulances, so I bought my first one for $2,500 because that was all I could afford.

  4. Heather Jensen:

    We will begin clearing secondary routes as quickly as we can. We will work until the job is done, but this will likely be a sustained effort through Monday into Tuesday. We ask motorists to please limit travel during this period.

  5. Mira Sorvino:

    Primary and especially secondary education is extremely important in preventing trafficking, it allows children to develop critical thinking skills to be able to defend themselves from traffickers and to have the skills that will enable them to have gainful employment to be able to support their families in other ways than being sexually exploited.

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