- 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.
Words nearby secondary
Origin of secondary
OTHER WORDS FROM secondarysec·ond·ar·i·ly [sek-uhn-der-uh-lee, sek-uhn-dair-] /ˈsɛk ənˌdɛr ə li, ˌsɛk ənˈdɛər-/, adverbsec·ond·ar·i·ness, noun
Examples from the Web for secondarily
The gains are captured by the immigrants themselves, and secondarily by more affluent Americans.Heritage Immigration Study Gets the Big Things Right|David Frum|May 7, 2013|DAILY BEAST
I have written this account only secondarily and at the instigation of publishers, for Americans.An American Girl in London|Sara Jeannette Duncan
And since he was only secondarily a critic, it is natural that his critical opinions should not have been erected into any system.Sir Walter Scott as a Critic of Literature|Margaret Ball
Conophis lineatus concolor, on which the dark pigmentation on the body apparently is secondarily lost, is an exception.
British Dictionary definitions for secondarily
- 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 secondary cornerbacks and safeties collectively
- their area in the field
Derived forms of secondarysecondarily, adverbsecondariness, noun
Medicine definitions for secondarily
Other words from secondarysec′ond•ar′i•ly (-dâr′ə-lē) adv.
Science definitions for 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.