1 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" [ant: primary]
2 inferior in rank or status; "the junior faculty"; "a lowly corporal"; "petty officialdom"; "a subordinate functionary" [syn: junior-grade, inferior, lower, lower-ranking, lowly, petty(a), subaltern, subordinate]
3 depending on or incidental to what is original or primary; "a secondary infection"
4 not of major importance; "played a secondary role in world events"
5 belonging to a lower class or rank
1 the defensive football players who line up behind the linemen
2 coil such that current is induced in it by passing a current through the primary coil [syn: secondary coil, secondary winding]
- Succeeding next in order to the first; of second place, origin, rank, rank, etc.; not primary; subordinate; not of the first order or rate.
- Acting by deputation or delegated authority; as, the work of secondary hands.
- 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.
- 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.
- Pertaining to the second joint of the wing of a bird.
- 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.
- Greek: δευτερεύων (defterévon)
- Dutch: secundair
acting by deputation
Secondary is an adjective meaning "second" or "second hand". It may refer to:
- Secondary education
- A secondary consumer in an ecological sense
- Secondary dominant, in music
- Secondary, in American football and Canadian football, the group of (usually at least four) defensive backs
- A Secondary functional group (or usually ion) attached to carbon atom connected to 2 other Carbon atoms in organic chemistry
- Secondaries, the second-largest group of remiges (wing feathers), which attach to the inner lower arm
- Secondary circuit, electrical circuit in a Transformer in which current is produced by electromagnetic induction, as opposed to a primary circuit
secondary in Spanish: Secundario
secondary in Persian: ثانوی
secondary in French: Secondaire
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