- 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
Examples from the Web for secondary
Over the past three years, Michigan has had an average price close to $200 on the secondary market.Is Any College Football Coach Worth $60 Million? Jim Harbaugh Is|Jesse Lawrence|December 20, 2014|DAILY BEAST
He fooled around a lot, and was asked to leave his secondary school.
More importantly, Medicaid served as a secondary insurance to his primary insurance.Medicaid Will Give You Money for At-Home Care, but You Might Wait Years|Elizabeth Picciuto|December 2, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The realities with which we are engaged in our daily lives are secondary realities.
Jenkins had written entirely from secondary literature—no interviews or excavation of legal documents.How the ‘Witch Hunt’ Myth Undermined American Justice|Jason Berry|July 12, 2014|DAILY BEAST
A secondary result would be a considerable power development and a source of domestic water supply for southern California.State of the Union Addresses of Calvin Coolidge|Calvin Coolidge
That they were originally adjectives, and cases only in a secondary manner.Opuscula|Robert Gordon Latham
The long legs and short arms of man are due, I believe, to a secondary readjustment of proportions.Man, Past and Present|Agustus Henry Keane
Impulse is primary and intelligence is secondary and in some sense derivative.Human Nature and Conduct|John Dewey
In how far the constipation is primary and in how far it is secondary is a question.The Nervous Housewife|Abraham Myerson
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
Medicine definitions for secondary
Science 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.