Definitions for: Secondary

[n] coil such that current is induced in it by passing a current through the primary coil
[n] the defensive football players who line up behind the linemen
[adj] belonging to a lower class or rank
[adj] not of major importance; "played a secondary role in world events"
[adj] 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"
[adj] depending on or incidental to what is original or primary; "a secondary infection"
[adj] inferior in rank or status; "the junior faculty"; "a lowly corporal"; "petty officialdom"; "a subordinate functionary"

Webster (1913) Definition: Sec"ond*a*ry, a. [Cf. F. secondaire, L. secundaire.
See Second, a.]
1. Suceeding next in order to the first; of second place,
origin, rank, rank, etc.; not primary; subordinate; not of
the first order or rate.

Wheresoever there is normal right on the one hand,
no secondary right can discharge it. --L'Estrange.

Two are the radical differences; the secondary
differences are as four. --Bacon.

2. Acting by deputation or delegated authority; as, the work
of secondary hands.

3. (Chem.) Possessing some quality, or having been subject to
some operation (as substitution), in the second degree;
as, a secondary salt, a secondary amine, etc. Cf.

4. (Min.) Subsequent in origin; -- said of minerals produced
by alteertion or deposition subsequent to the formation of
the original rocks mass; also of characters of minerals
(as secondary cleavage, etc.) developed by pressure or
other causes.

5. (Zo["o]l.) Pertaining to the second joint of the wing of a

6. (Med.) Dependent or consequent upon another disease; as,
Bright's disease is often secondary to scarlet fever.
(b) Occuring in the second stage of a disease; as, the
secondary symptoms of syphilis.

Secondary accent. See the Note under Accent, n., 1.

Secondary age. (Geol.) The Mesozoic age, or age before the
Tertiary. See Mesozoic, and Note under Age, n., 8.

Secondary alcohol (Chem.), any one of a series of alcohols
which contain the radical CH.OH united with two
hydrocarbon radicals. On oxidation the secondary alcohols
form ketones.

Secondary amputation (Surg.), an amputation for injury,
performed after the constitutional effects of the injury
have subsided.

Secondary axis (Opt.), any line which passes through the
optical center of a lens but not through the centers of
curvature, or, in the case of a mirror, which passes
through the center of curvature but not through the center
of the mirror.

Secondary battery. (Elec.) See under Battery, n., 4.

Secondary circle (Geom. & Astron.), a great circle passes
through the poles of another great circle and is therefore
perpendicular to its plane.

Secondary circuit, Secondary coil (Elec.), a circuit or
coil in which a current is produced by the induction of a
current in a neighboring circuit or coil called the
primary circuit or coil.

Secondary color, a color formed by mixing any two primary
colors in equal proportions.

Secondary coverts (Zo["o]l.), the longer coverts which
overlie the basal part of the secondary quills of a bird.
See Illust. under Bird.

Secondary crystal (Min.), a crystal derived from one of the
primary forms.

Secondary current (Elec.), a momentary current induced in a
closed circuit by a current of electricity passing through
the same or a contiguous circuit at the beginning and also
at the end of the passage of the primary current.

Secondary evidence, that which is admitted upon failure to
obtain the primary or best evidence.

Secondary fever (Med.), a fever coming on in a disease
after the subsidence of the fever with which the disease
began, as the fever which attends the outbreak of the
eruption in smallpox.

Secondary hemorrhage (Med.), hemorrhage occuring from a
wounded blood vessel at some considerable time after the
original bleeding has ceased.

Secondary planet. (Astron.) See the Note under Planet.

Secondary qualities, those qualities of bodies which are
not inseparable from them as such, but are dependent for
their development and intensity on the organism of the
percipient, such as color, taste, odor, etc.

Secondary quills or remiges (Zo["o]l.), the quill
feathers arising from the forearm of a bird and forming a
row continuous with the primaries; -- called also
secondaries. See Illust. of Bird.

Secondary rocks or strata (Geol.), those lying between
the Primary, or Paleozoic, and Tertiary (see {Primary
rocks}, under Primary); -- later restricted to strata of
the Mesozoic age, and at but little used.

Secondary syphilis (Med.), the second stage of syphilis,
including the period from the first development of
constitutional symptoms to the time when the bones and the
internal organs become involved.

Secondary tint, any subdued tint, as gray.

Secondary union (Surg.), the union of wounds after
suppuration; union by the second intention.

Syn: Second; second-rate; subordinate; inferior.

Sec"ond*a*ry, n.; pl. Secondaries.
1. One who occupies a subordinate, inferior, or auxiliary
place; a delegate deputy; one who is second or next to the
chief officer; as, the secondary, or undersheriff of the
city of London.

Old Escalus . . . is thy secondary. --Shak.

2. (Astron.)
(a) A secondary circle.
(b) A satellite.

3. (Zo["o]l.) A secondary quill.

Synonyms: alternate, alternative, auxiliary, collateral, incident, incidental, indirect, inferior, junior, junior-grade, lower, lower-ranking, low-level, lowly, minor, petty(a), secondary coil, secondary winding, secondhand, second-string, standby, subaltern, subordinate, subsidiary, substitute(a), supplemental, supplementary, thirdhand, tributary, utility(a), vicarious

Antonyms: primary

See Also: back, coil, eleven, football team, formation, inessential, transformer, unessential, unoriginal

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