- 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.
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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
Words nearby secondary
Example sentences 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
Medical definitions for secondarily
Other words from secondarysec′ond•ar′i•ly (-dâr′ə-lē) adv.
Scientific 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.