- 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).
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
How to use secondary in a sentence
Soon they will start producing honey, collecting nectar from nearby plants and holding it in a secondary stomach in order to get it back to the hive.Bee theft is almost a perfect crime—but there’s a new sheriff in town|Andrew Zaleski|February 9, 2021|Popular-Science
All the way back in 2011, companies like SecondMarket were seeing nine-figures’ worth of shares being traded on their secondary share platforms.Carta’s startup liquidity service CartaX conducts first transactions on its own cap table|Danny Crichton|February 4, 2021|TechCrunch
Instead, the Internet has become our primary mechanism for socializing, rather than a secondary one.A brutal, isolating year leads to baffling battles between good and evil|Philip Bump|February 4, 2021|Washington Post
That’s when I came up with the idea for what I like to call my secondary pantry.Homemade condiments, dressings and toppings are a pathway to fast, flavorful cooking|Todd Kliman|February 2, 2021|Washington Post
Considerable differences still exist in how the various modeling systems are handling the location, evolution and track of the secondary low.D.C. area sees increasing snow chances Sunday and Monday|Jason Samenow, Wes Junker|January 27, 2021|Washington Post
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 plot of the film runs secondary to the spectacle, and is denser than a TED conference.‘Interstellar’ Is Wildly Ambitious, Very Flawed, and Absolutely Worth Seeing|Marlow Stern|November 7, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The realities with which we are engaged in our daily lives are secondary realities.
(b) In secondary anemia plaques are generally increased, although sometimes decreased.
Severe secondary anemia sometimes gives an identical picture.
The red corpuscles show the changes usual in severe secondary anemia.
The secondary storms of cyclones, such as are above noted, receive the name of tornadoes.
There are many secondary influences of a less important nature which are due to the ocean streams.
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)
- 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.