Meaning of secondary
Pronunciation: (sek'un-der"ē), [key]
— adj., n., pl. -ar•ies.
- next after the first in order, place, time, etc.
- belonging or pertaining to a second order, division, stage, period, rank, grade, etc.
- derived or derivative; not primary or original: secondary sources of historical research.
- of minor or lesser importance; subordinate; auxiliary.
- of or pertaining to secondary schools.
- involving or obtained by the replacement of two atoms or groups.
- noting or containing a carbon atom united to two other carbon atoms in a chain or ring molecule.
- noting or pertaining to the current induced by a primary winding or to the winding in which the current is induced in an induction coil, transformer, or the like.
- noting or pertaining to a mineral produced from another mineral by decay, alteration, or the like.
- a secondary derivative.
- derived from a word that is itself a derived word:a secondary derivative.
- having reference to past time; noting or pertaining to a past tense:the Latin, Greek, or Sanskrit secondary tenses.Cf.primary(def. 13).
- pertaining to any of a set of flight feathers on the second segment of a bird's wing.
- of, pertaining to, or characteristic of a secondary accent: secondary stress.
- a person or thing that is secondary.
- a subordinate, assistant, deputy, or agent.
- a winding in a transformer or the like in which a current is induced by a primary winding.
- a secondary feather.
- the defensive unit that lines up behind the linemen.
- secondary (Thesaurus)