Auxiliary meaning

ôg-zĭl'yə-rē, -zĭl'ə-rē
Foreign or allied armed forces aiding those of a country at war.
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An auxiliary vessel or ship.
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A marching band colorguard.
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Giving assistance or support; helping.
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Auxiliary is defined as something or someone used in a supporting role or used in reserve.

An example of an auxiliary generator is one that gives power to a building when the main generators stop working.

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Acting as a subsidiary; supplementary.

The main library and its auxiliary branches.

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Held in or used as a reserve.

Auxiliary troops; an auxiliary power generator.

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Equipped with a motor as well as sails.
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Of, relating to, or being an auxiliary verb.
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An individual or group that assists or functions in a supporting capacity.

A volunteers' auxiliary at a hospital.

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A member of a foreign body of troops serving a country in war.
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An auxiliary verb.
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A sailing vessel equipped with a motor.
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A vessel, such as a supply ship or a tug, that is designed for and used in instances and services other than combat.
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Giving help or aid; assisting or supporting.
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Acting in a subsidiary, or subordinate, capacity.
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Additional; supplementary; reserve.
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Having an engine that can be used for supplementary power, as a sailing vessel.
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Designating or of any of the noncombat ships, as tankers or tenders, that form the service fleet of a navy.
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An auxiliary person or thing.
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An assisting or supplementary group or organization.

This club has a women's auxiliary.

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Auxiliary troops.

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(nautical) Of a ship, having both sails and an engine.
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(grammar) Relating to an auxiliary verb.
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A person or group that acts in an auxiliary manner.
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A sailing vessel equipped with an engine.
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(grammar) An auxiliary verb.
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Origin of auxiliary

From Latin auxiliārius (“assistant, ally”), equiv. to auxiliāris (“helping, aiding”), from auxilium (“help, aid”), from augēre (“to increase”).