secondary meaning

[ 'sekəndəri ] Pronunciation:   "secondary" in a sentence
  • Adjective: secondary  'sekun`deree [N. Amer], sekund(u)ree [Brit]
    1. Being of second rank or importance or value; not direct or immediate
      "the stone will be hauled to a secondary crusher"; "a secondary source"; "a secondary issue"; "secondary streams" 
    2. Inferior in rank or status
      - junior-grade, lower-ranking, lowly, petty, subaltern 
    3. Depending on or incidental to what is original or primary
      "a secondary infection" 
    4. Not of major importance
      "played a secondary role in world events" 
    5. Belonging to a lower class or rank
    Noun: secondary  'sekun`deree [N. Amer], sekund(u)ree [Brit]
    1. The defensive football players who line up behind the linemen 
    2. Coil such that current is induced in it by passing a current through the primary coil
      - secondary coil, secondary winding

    Derived forms: secondaries

    See also: alternate, alternative, auxiliary, collateral, incident, incidental, indirect, inessential, junior, low-level, minor, secondarily, secondhand, second-string, standby, subordinate, subsidiary, substitute, supplemental, supplementary, thirdhand, tributary, unessential, unoriginal, utility, vicarious

    Type of: coil, formation

    Antonym: primary

    Part of: eleven, football team, transformer

    Encyclopedia: Secondary

  • [Business]
    AmE / adjective


    less important than sth else:

    secondary airports

    Attractive design is of secondary importance to quality.

    I love my job-the money is only secondary.

    IT management played a secondary role in deciding company strategy.


    used to describe sth that happens as a result of sth else:

    Leather is a secondary product of farming goats.

    3 (Finance )

    used to describe the buying and selling of shares, bonds, etc. that already exist rather than new ones:

    Secondary trading was at low levels.

    the secondary corporate bond market


    secondarily /; AmE / adverb:

    Selling the company was primarily a personal decision and secondarily a business decision.

  • [Medicine]
    1 : not first in order of occurrence or development: as
    a : dependent or consequent on another disease ‹secondary hypertension› ‹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 : characterized by or resulting from the substitution of two atoms or groups in a molecule ‹a secondary salt›; esp : being, characterized by, or attached to a carbon atom having bonds to two other carbon atoms
    3 : relating to or being the three-dimensional coiling of the polypeptide chain of a protein esp. in the form of an alpha-helix —compare PRIMARY 4 TERTIARY 2csec·ond·ari·ly adv


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  1. the breast is a secondary sex organ.
  2. a secondary nitramide is then formed.
  3. sludge liquor is recirculated in the secondary system.
  4. lignin is a characteristic component of secondary walls.
  5. secondary interstices develop after the rock is formed.

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