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secondary

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adjective sec·ond·ary \ˈse-kən-ˌder-ē\

Simple Definition of secondary

  • : not as important or valuable as something else

  • : of or relating to education of students who have completed primary school

  • : caused by or coming from something else

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of secondary

  1. 1a :  of second rank, importance, or valueb :  of, relating to, or constituting the second strongest of the three or four degrees of stress recognized by most linguists <the fourth syllable of basketball team carries secondary stress>c of a tense :  expressive of past time

  2. 2a :  immediately derived from something original, primary, or basicb :  of, relating to, or being the induced current or its circuit in an induction coil or transformer <secondary voltage>c :  characterized by or resulting from the substitution of two atoms or groups in a molecule <a secondary salt>; especially :  being, characterized by, or attached to a carbon atom having bonds to two other carbon atomsd (1) :  not first in order of occurrence or development (2) :  dependent or consequent on another disease or condition <secondary hypertension> (3) :  produced by activity of formative tissue and especially cambium other than that at a growing point <secondary growth> <secondary phloem>

  3. 3a :  of, relating to, or being the second order or stage in a seriesb :  of, relating to, or being the second segment of the wing of a bird or the quills of this segmentc :  of or relating to a secondary school <secondary education>

secondarily

play \ˌse-kən-ˈder-ə-lē\ adverb

secondariness

play \ˈse-kən-ˌder-ē-nəs\ noun

Examples of secondary in a sentence

  1. Winning is secondary—we play for the fun of the sport.

  2. There are some secondary issues which must be taken into account as well.

  3. I want a car that's reliable; the color is of secondary importance.

  4. The secondary roads are indicated on the map with a green line.

  5. Better gas mileage is a secondary benefit of reduced speed limits.



14th Century

First Known Use of secondary

14th century


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secondary

noun sec·ond·ary

Simple Definition of secondary

  • American football : the players on the defense who are positioned away from the line of scrimmage and who mainly try to stop forward passes by the offense

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of secondary

plural

secondaries

  1. 1 :  one occupying a subordinate or auxiliary position rather than that of a principal

  2. 2 :  a defensive football backfield

  3. 3 :  the coil through which the secondary current passes in an induction coil or transformer —called also secondary coil

  4. 4 :  any of the quill feathers of the forearm of a bird — see wing illustration

Examples of secondary in a sentence

  1. The team has a strong secondary.



15th Century

First Known Use of secondary

15th century

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SECONDARY Defined for Kids

secondary

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adjective sec·ond·ary \ˈse-kən-ˌder-ē\

Definition of secondary for Students

  1. 1 :  second in rank, value, or importance <We need to find water. Food is secondary.>

  2. 2 :  derived from or coming after something original or primary <a secondary effect>

  3. 3 :  relating to secondary school <a secondary education>

  4. 4 :  relating to or being the second of three levels of stress in pronunciation




Medical Dictionary

secondary

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adjective sec·ond·ary \ˈsek-ən-ˌder-ē\

Medical Definition of secondary

  1. 1:  not first in order of occurrence or development: asa:  dependent or consequent on another disease <secondary diabetes> <Bright's disease is often secondary to scarlet fever>b:  occurring or being in the second stage <secondary symptoms of syphilis>c:  occurring some time after the original injury <a secondary hemorrhage>

  2. 2:  characterized by or resulting from the substitution of two atoms or groups in a molecule <a secondary salt>; especially :  being, characterized by, or attached to a carbon atom having bonds to two other carbon atoms

  3. 3:  relating to or being the three-dimensional coiling of the polypeptide chain of a protein especially in the form of an alpha-helix—compare primary 4, tertiary 2c

secondarily

\ˌsek-ən-ˈder-ə-lē\play adverb



Law Dictionary

secondary

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adjective sec·ond·ary \ˈse-kən-ˌder-ē\

Legal Definition of secondary

  1. 1 :  of second rank, status, importance, or value

  2. 2 :  derived from something original or primary

  3. 3 :  of, relating to, or being the second order or stage in a series

secondarily

\ˌse-kən-ˈder-ə-lē\ play adverb

secondariness

\ˈse-kən-ˌder-ē-nəs\ play noun




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