secondary (not comparable)
- Next in order to the first or primary; of second place in origin, rank, etc.
- Originating from a deputy or delegated person or body
- the work of secondary hands
- (organic chemistry) Derived from a parent compound by replacement of two atoms of hydrogen by organic radicals
- (geology) Produced by alteration or deposition subsequent to the formation of the original rock mass.
- (geology) Developed by pressure or other causes.
- secondary cleavage
- (anatomy) Pertaining to the second joint of the wing of a bird.
- (medicine) Dependent or consequent upon another disease, or occurring in the second stage of a disease.
- Bright's disease is often secondary to scarlet fever.
- the secondary symptoms of syphilis
- Of less than primary importance.
- a secondary issue
- (education) Related to secondary education, i.e. schooling between the ages of (approximately) 11 and 18.
- (manufacturing) Relating to the manufacture of goods from raw materials.
- (of a color) Formed by mixing primary colors.
- Yellow is a secondary light color, though a primary CMYK color.
- (taxonomy, not comparable) Representing a reversion to an ancestral state.
- French: secondaire
- German: sekundär
- Italian: secondario, secondaria
- Portuguese: secundário
- Russian: втори́чный
- Spanish: secundario
- Spanish: suplente
secondary (plural secondaries)
- (ornithology) Any flight feather attached to the ulna (forearm) of a bird.
- (finance) An act of issuing more stock by an already publicly traded corporation.
- (American football, Canadian football) The defensive backs.
- (electronics) An inductive coil or loop that is magnetically powered by a primary in a transformer or similar
- One who occupies a subordinate or auxiliary place; a delegate deputy.
- the secondary, or undersheriff, of the city of London
- c. 1603–1604, William Shakespeare, “Measvre for Measure”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358 ↗, [Act I, scene i]:
- Old Escalus […] is thy secondary.
- (astronomy) A secondary circle.
- (astronomy) A satellite.
- (education) A secondary school.
- There are four secondaries in this district, each with several thousand pupils.
- Anything secondary or of lesser importance.
- German: Armschwinge