- 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
Example sentences from the Web for secondary
Those “secondary structures” can make some RNAs more fragile than others.Here’s why COVID-19 vaccines like Pfizer’s need to be kept so cold|Tina Hesman Saey|November 20, 2020|Science News
Early adoption is also found in uses in which the harder technical or social problems are secondary, or, at least, the challenges make fewer people nervous.
He’s somebody that has great potential as a wing, secondary playmaker.Wizards opt for versatility with Israel’s Deni Avdija at No. 9 pick|Ava Wallace|November 19, 2020|Washington Post
The Seahawks entered the season thinking they had a talented secondary, but injuries have limited cornerbacks Shaquill Griffin, Quinton Dunbar and Ugo Amadi, along with star safety Jamal Adams, the team’s major trade acquisition.Drew Brees still rules the NFC South, and more NFL Week 9 takeaways|John Clayton|November 10, 2020|Washington Post
The Virginia Tech football team has been playing with a patchwork secondary because of the novel coronavirus pandemic, injuries and off-the-field issues, leading opponents to target the Hokies in the passing game, particularly on deep throws.Virginia Tech defense willing to give up rushing yards to avoid big passing plays|Gene Wang|October 28, 2020|Washington Post
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
The nature of the vegetation of any tract depends on rainfall and temperature, and only secondarily on soil.The Panjab, North-West Frontier Province, and Kashmir|Sir James McCrone Douie
A thing may come under the contemplative life in two ways: either primarily, or secondarily—that is, dispositively.On Prayer and The Contemplative Life|St. Thomas Aquinas
They are only secondarily, if at all, instruments for dealing with new and perplexing social situations.The Behavior of Crowds|Everett Dean Martin
The tonal accents, which were only secondarily stress phenomena, helped to give the syllable its quantitative individuality.Language|Edward Sapir
It has little value, as these stamps were made for the purpose of selling to collectors primarily, and for postal use secondarily.
British Dictionary definitions for secondary
- 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 secondary
Other words from secondarysec′ond•ar′i•ly (-dâr′ə-lē) adv.
Scientific definitions for secondary
- 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.