Secondary meaning

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Second or lower in rank or importance; not primary.

Concerns that are secondary.

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The definition of secondary is below the first, or coming from something original.

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.

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Having an induced current that is generated by an inductively coupled primary. Used of a circuit or coil.
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Produced from another mineral by decay or alteration.
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Of or relating to a secondary color or colors.
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Being a degree of health care intermediate between primary care and tertiary care, as that typically offered at a community hospital.
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Of, relating to, or derived from a lateral meristem, especially a cambium.
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One that acts in an auxiliary, subordinate, or inferior capacity.
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One of the shorter flight feathers projecting along the inner edge of a bird's wing.
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A coil or circuit having an induced current.
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A secondary color.
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The defensive backfield.
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Second, or below the first, in rank, importance, class, place, etc.; subordinate; minor; not primary.
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Coming after that which is first in a series of processes, events, stages, etc., as of growth or development.
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Coming next in sequence after the primary or elementary level.

Secondary education.

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Designating or of an induced current or its circuit in a transformer, induction coil, etc.
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Formed as a result of the alteration, disintegration, or erosion of preexisting rocks or minerals.
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Designating or of the long flight feathers attached to the second joint or segment of a bird's wing.
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A person or thing that is secondary, subordinate, or inferior.
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Any of the secondary colors.
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An output winding of a transformer from which the power is taken.
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The defensive backfield.
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A secondary feather.
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Second or lower in rank or importance; not primary.

Concerns that are secondary.

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Relating to or being the shorter flight feathers projecting along the inner edge of a bird's wing.
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Being a degree of health care intermediate between primary care and tertiary care, as that typically offered at a community hospital.
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One that acts in an auxiliary, subordinate, or inferior capacity.
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One of the shorter flight feathers projecting along the inner edge of a bird's wing.
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Relating to a secondary color.
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Relating to or derived from either of the lateral meristems (the cork cambium or the vascular cambium ) of vascular plants. For example, secondary xylem in a stem is produced by the vascular cambium, as opposed to primary xylem produced by the apical meristem during the original growth of the stem from a seedling.
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Relating to a medical condition that arises as a result of another disorder, disease process, or injury.
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Subordinate; not of primary importance; subsequent.
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Succeeding next in order to the first; of second place, origin, rank, rank, etc.; not primary; subordinate; not of the first order or rate.
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Acting by deputation or delegated authority; as, the work of secondary hands.
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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.
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(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.
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(zootomy) Pertaining to the second joint of the wing of a bird.
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(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.
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Of less than primary importance.
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(of a color) Formed by mixing primary colors.

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

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Used as an abbreviation to refer to items with names containing secondary.
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(ornithology) Any flight feather attached to the ulna (forearm) of a bird.
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(finance) An act of issuing more stock by an already publicly traded corporation.
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(American football, Canadian football) The defensive backs.
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(electronics) An inductive coil or loop that is magnetically powered by a primary in a transformer or similar.
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One who occupies a subordinate or auxiliary place; a delegate deputy.

The secondary, or undersheriff, of the city of London.

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(astronomy) A secondary circle.
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(astronomy) A satellite.
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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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Of, relating to, or being the shorter flight feathers projecting along the inner edge of a bird's wing.
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Origin of secondary

  • From the 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.

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