Definition of "secondary" []

  • Of the second rank; not primary. (adjective)
  • Inferior. (adjective)
  • Minor; lesser. (adjective)
  • Derived from what is primary or original: a secondary source; a secondary infection. (adjective)
  • Of, relating to, or being the shorter flight feathers projecting along the inner edge of a bird's wing. (adjective)
  • One grade or step after the first; not primary (adjective)

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  • Derived from or depending on what is primary, original, or first (adjective)
  • Below the first in rank, importance, etc; not of major importance (adjective)
  • Of or relating to the education of young people between the ages of 11 and 18 (adjective)
  • (of the flight feathers of a bird's wing) growing from the ulna (adjective)
  • 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 coil (adjective)
  • (of a current) flowing in such a circuit (adjective)
  • (of an industry) involving the manufacture of goods from raw materials (adjective)
  • (of minerals) formed by the alteration of pre-existing minerals (adjective)
  • (of an organic compound) having a functional group attached to a carbon atom that is attached to one hydrogen atom and two other groups (adjective)
  • (of an amine) having only two organic groups attached to a nitrogen atom; containing the group NH (adjective)
  • (of a salt) derived from a tribasic acid by replacement of two acidic hydrogen atoms with metal atoms or electropositive groups (adjective)
  • Derived from a word that is itself a derivation from another word. Thus, lovably comes from lovable and is a secondary derivative from love (adjective)
  • A person or thing that is secondary (noun)
  • A subordinate, deputy, or inferior (noun)
  • A secondary coil, winding, inductance, or current in an electric circuit (noun)
  • Any of the flight feathers that grow from the ulna of a bird's wing (noun)
  • A celestial body that orbits around a specified primary body (noun)
  • A cancerous growth in some part of the body away from the site of the original tumour (noun)
  • Their area in the field (noun) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "secondary" in a sentence
  • "Lorrie Norrington, President of eBay Marketplaces, defined what eBay meant by the term secondary market in answering a two-part question from one of the analysts in attendance."
  • "After exactly two decades, Dr Melvyn Kershaw has packed up his rucksack and left the comprehensive whose stewardship has earned him the title secondary school headteacher of the year."
  • "The defense loses five starters, but defensive tackle Jared Crick anchors a strong line, and the secondary is the deepest it's been in years."