- 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.
- (of a derivative) having a root or other unanalyzable element that is itself a word or free form: The word “glazier” is a secondary derivative formed by adding a suffix to “glaze.” The word "debatably" is formed directly from "debatable" and is therefore a secondary derivative from "debate."
- having reference to past time; noting or pertaining to a past tense: the Latin, Greek, or Sanskrit secondary tenses.Compare primary(def 13).
noun, plural sec·ond·ar·ies.
Origin of secondary
Synonyms for secondary
Examples from the Web for secondarily
Contemporary Examples of secondarily
The gains are captured by the immigrants themselves, and secondarily by more affluent Americans.Heritage Immigration Study Gets the Big Things Right
May 7, 2013
Historical Examples of secondarily
A man may marry whom he will, and the family is only secondarily affected.The Coryston Family
Mrs. Humphry Ward
It must take place in a personal encounter, and only secondarily is it transmissive.Herein is Love
Reuel L. Howe
The value of instruments is, secondarily, in their aid to abstract sciences.
The cat was sacred to her; or rather to the sun, and secondarily to her.
Her duty is conceived of as first to him and only secondarily to her children and the State.First and Last Things
H. G. Wells
- being the part of an electric circuit, such as a transformer or induction coil, in which a current is induced by a changing current in a neighbouring coila secondary coil
- (of a current) flowing in such a circuitCompare primary (def. 7)
- (of an organic compound) having a functional group attached to a carbon atom that is attached to one hydrogen atom and two other groups
- (of an amine) having only two organic groups attached to a nitrogen atom; containing the group NH
- (of a salt) derived from a tribasic acid by replacement of two acidic hydrogen atoms with metal atoms or electropositive groups
- derived from a word that is itself a derivation from another word. Thus, lovably comes from lovable and is a secondary derivative from love
- (of a tense in Latin, Greek, or Sanskrit) another word for historic (def. 3)
noun plural -aries
- the secondarycornerbacks and safeties collectively
- their area in the field
late 14c., from Latin secundarius "pertaining to the second class, inferior," from secundus (see second (adj.)). Of colors, from 1831; of education, from 1809. Of sex characteristics from 1780. Opposed to primary or principal. Related: Secondarily.
- Relating to or having a carbon atom that is attached to two other carbon atoms in a molecule.
- Relating to an organic molecule, such as an alcohol, in which the functional group is attached to a secondary carbon.