An example of secondary is the color purple because it is made from two primary colors: red and blue; a secondary color.An example of secondary is the educational level that comes after primary and elementary school; a secondary school.
- second, or below the first, in rank, importance, class, place, etc.; subordinate; minor; not primary
- derived or resulting from something considered primary or original; dependent; derivative
- secondhand; not original: a secondary source of information
- designating colors derived by mixing two primary colors
- coming after that which is first in a series of processes, events, stages, etc., as of growth or development
- coming next in sequence after the primary or elementary level: secondary education
- formed by the replacement of two atoms or radicals in the molecule: secondary sodium phosphate, NaHPO
- characterized by or designating a carbon atom that is directly attached to two other carbon atoms in a closed or open chain
- Elec. designating or of an induced current or its circuit in a transformer, induction coil, etc.
- Geol. formed as a result of the alteration, disintegration, or erosion of preexisting rocks or minerals
- derived from a base that is itself a word, by the addition of a prefix or derivational suffix
- designating a form or a process that is historically relatively late; not original
- Ornithology designating or of the long flight feathers attached to the second joint or segment of a bird's wing
Origin of secondaryMiddle English secundary ; from Classical Latin secundarius
- a person or thing that is secondary, subordinate, or inferior
- any of the secondary colors
- Elec. an output winding of a transformer from which the power is taken
- Football the defensive backfield
- Zool. a secondary feather
- Second or lower in rank or importance; not primary: concerns that are secondary.
- a. Following what is first in time or sequence: secondary fermentation.b. Of or relating to secondary schools.
- a. Derived from what is primary or original: literary criticism viewed as secondary to literature itself.b. Not immediate or direct: a secondary source of information.
- Of, relating to, or being the shorter flight feathers projecting along the inner edge of a bird's wing.
- Electricity Having an induced current that is generated by an inductively coupled primary. Used of a circuit or coil.
- Chemistry a. Relating to, or having a carbon atom that is attached to two other carbon atoms in a molecule.b. Relating to the replacement of two of several atoms or groups in a compound, such as an amine in which two valences of the functional group are taken by carbon atoms.
- Geology Produced from another mineral by decay or alteration.
- Of or relating to a secondary color or colors.
- Being a degree of health care intermediate between primary care and tertiary care, as that typically offered at a community hospital.
- Botany Of, relating to, or derived from a lateral meristem, especially a cambium.
- One that acts in an auxiliary, subordinate, or inferior capacity.
- One of the shorter flight feathers projecting along the inner edge of a bird's wing.
- Electricity A coil or circuit having an induced current.
- a. Astronomy A celestial body that orbits another; a satellite.b. The dimmer star of a binary star.
- A secondary color.
- Football The defensive backfield.
(comparative more secondary, superlative most secondary)
- 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. Compare primary.
- (geology) 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.
- (zootomy) Pertaining to the second joint of the wing of a bird.
- (medicine) 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.
- Of less than primary importance.
- (of a color) Formed by mixing primary colors.
- Yellow is a secondary light color, though a primary CMYK color.
- Used as an abbreviation to refer to items with names containing secondary.
- (ornithology) Any flight feather attached to the ulna (forearm) of a bird.
- (finance) An act of issuing more stock by an already publicly traded corporation.
- (American football, Canadian football) The defensive backs.
- (electronics) An inductive coil or loop that is magnetically powered by a primary in a transformer or similar
- One who occupies a subordinate or auxiliary place; a delegate deputy.
- the secondary, or undersheriff, of the city of London
- (astronomy) A secondary circle.
- (astronomy) A satellite.
Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster's Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
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