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.

    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. 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.

    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. secondaryadjective

    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. 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.

    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. 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.

    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. secondaryadjective

    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. 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.

    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. secondaryadjective

    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. secondaryadjective

    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. secondarynoun

    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. secondarynoun

    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. secondarynoun

    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. secondarynoun

    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. secondarynoun

    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. secondarynoun

    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. secondarynoun

    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. secondarynoun

    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. secondarynoun

    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. 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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  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. Michael Shapiro:

    Larger new-issue premiums impact future bond pricing to a greater extent than we have seen in the past, due to the illiquidity in the secondary market, the existing secondary curve can widen because of a larger new-issue premium and the result is wider pricing points when an issuer or one of its peers seeks to return to the market.

  2. David Boies:

    The Free Exercise Clause of the First Amendment prohibits the Government from imposing religious-based restrictions on the personal decisions of individual citizens, here, the State attempts to use religious criteria to decree to which secondary school parents may send their children simply because the parents receive generally available tuition assistance. This law strikes at the heart of, and is clearly prohibited by, the Free Exercise Clause.

  3. Brian Bluhm:

    A proper, effective and strong cleaning program is often seen as secondary by many businesses. But in many if not most cases, it is the first thing a customer experiences.

  4. Holly Phillips:

    When you lie on your back, mucus collects in your sinus cavities, which can lead to secondary infections or chronic sinusitis.

  5. Chang Lee:

    I truly thought I was a part of mainstream society, nothing in my life indicated I was a secondary citizen until the LA riots. The LAPD powers that be decided to protect the 'haves' and the Korean community did not have any political voice or power. They left us to burn.

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    pleasing in appearance especially by reason of conformity to ideals of form and proportion
    • A. dangerous
    • B. tight
    • C. handsome
    • D. abrupt

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