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Adjective: secondary  'se-kun,de-ree [N. Amer], se-kun-d(u-)ree [Brit]
  1. Being of second rank or importance or value; not direct or immediate
    "the stone will be hauled to a secondary crusher"; "a secondary source"; "a secondary issue"; "secondary streams"
  2. Inferior in rank or status
    "a secondary corporal";
    - junior-grade, lower-ranking, lowly, petty, subaltern
  3. Depending on or incidental to what is original or primary
    "a secondary infection"
  4. Not of major importance
    "played a secondary role in world events"
  5. Belonging to a lower class or rank
Noun: secondary  'se-kun,de-ree [N. Amer], se-kun-d(u-)ree [Brit]
  1. The defensive football players who line up behind the linemen
  2. Coil such that current is induced in it by passing a current through the primary coil
    - secondary coil, secondary winding

Derived forms: secondaries

See also: accidental, alternate, alternative, auxiliary, collateral, incident, incidental, indirect, inessential, junior, low-level, minor, secondhand, second-hand, second-string, standby, subordinate, subsidiary, substitute, supplemental, supplementary, thirdhand, tributary, unessential, unoriginal, utility, vicarious

Type of: coil, formation

Antonym: primary

Part of: eleven, football team, transformer

Encyclopedia: Secondary