additional; supplementary; reserve: an auxiliary police force.
used as a substitute or reserve in case of need: The hospital has an auxiliary power system in case of a blackout.
(of a boat) having an engine that can be used to supplement the sails: an auxiliary yawl.
giving support; serving as an aid; helpful: The mind and emotions are auxiliary to each other. Passion is auxiliary to art.
a person or thing that gives aid of any kind; helper.
an organization allied with, but subsidiary to, a main body of restricted membership, especially one composed of members' relatives: The men's club and the ladies' auxiliary were merged into one organization.
auxiliaries, foreign troops in the service of a nation at war.
Navy. a naval vessel designed for other than combat purposes, as a tug, supply ship, or transport.
Nautical. a sailing vessel carrying an auxiliary propulsion engine or engines.
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How to use auxiliary in a sentence
Yet their ability to create layups and open threes in transition helps keep auxiliary scoring options involved, and both are capable of drawing double teams and finding the open man.So much for Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving needing time to jell. The Nets have come out firing. | Ben Golliver | December 26, 2020 | Washington Post
The app would help enrol and deploy the 154,000 auxiliary nurse midwives for delivering the vaccine, according to the health ministry’s plan.India’s app for Covid-19 vaccine delivery must avoid the government’s legacy of privacy issues | Manavi Kapur | December 15, 2020 | Quartz
For the Great American Beer Festival, which regularly draws 60,000 people to Denver, organizers pivoted to a virtual event this year after their usual home was designated an auxiliary field hospital.How major conventions like SXSW and CES are working around the extended pandemic timeline | Chris Morris | October 10, 2020 | Fortune
The former auxiliaries are now fully fleshed-out character brands and the marketing cornerstones of billion-dollar franchises.For Aspiring Performers, The NBA Is The Best Place To Be A Mascot | Josh Planos | July 17, 2020 | FiveThirtyEight
Context has always been an auxiliary marketing tool – creating demand, brand, remarketing.
We retooled music, which sounds sort of small and auxiliary, but I think we figured out a way to help the audience.‘Michael J. Fox Show’ Creator: We’re Not Canceled…Yet | Kevin Fallon | February 6, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
None of this will be easily accomplished, and America has only an auxiliary role.
General Monet operated in the north against the rebels with Spanish and native auxiliary forces.The Philippine Islands | John Foreman
The stars were auxiliary lights, and had all been specially, and at the same time, created for the good of man.God and my Neighbour | Robert Blatchford
In Preston we have three churches, besides an auxiliary chapel, wherein priests of the Jesuit order labour.Our Churches and Chapels | Atticus
She behaved nobly, but with her small auxiliary steam power she could scarcely hold her own.The British Expedition to the Crimea | William Howard Russell
For a very long period the schools in connection with St. Mary's have formed an excellent auxiliary of the church.Our Churches and Chapels | Atticus
British Dictionary definitions for auxiliary
secondary or supplementary
nautical (of a sailing vessel) having an engine: an auxiliary sloop
a person or thing that supports or supplements; subordinate or assistant
a sailing vessel with an engine
the engine of such a vessel
navy a vessel such as a tug, hospital ship, etc, not used for combat
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