- 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
How to use secondary in a sentence
Like many trans users, Transartist often gets used as a source of information more than anything else.
According to a Yemeni intelligence source, Saïd met with the notorious U.S. preacher Anwar al Awlaki.
Jettison your lawyers as a source of prison-yard guidance, Abramoff said.Abramoff’s Advice for Virginia’s New Jailhouse Guv|Tim Mak, Jackie Kucinich|January 7, 2015|DAILY BEAST
She claims the FBI tried to enlist her as a cooperating source in their investigation.
It was getting to create jokes at the source, and to get to hang out with comedians.Patton Oswalt on Fighting Conservatives With Satire|William O’Connor|January 6, 2015|DAILY BEAST
The old earl's property, the source of his wealth, as from his title the reader will have shrewdly guessed, was in collieries.The Pit Town Coronet, Volume I (of 3)|Charles James Wills
An extraordinary eruption of mount Vesuvius commenced, which in ten days had advanced ten miles from its original source.The Every Day Book of History and Chronology|Joel Munsell
That Lawrence, whom he looked upon almost as a son, should take up arms against the South was to him a source of endless regret.The Courier of the Ozarks|Byron A. Dunn
From this one source of misery, where was a promise or a chance of a final rescue?
Their usual source is the deeper layers of the urinary tract, especially of the bladder.A Manual of Clinical Diagnosis|James Campbell Todd
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.