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Secondary meaning

secondary - 9 dictionary results

  1. 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.
  2. 2. Acting by deputation or delegated authority; as, the work of secondary hands.
  3. 3. 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. primary.
  4. 4. 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.
  5. 5. A secondary circle.
  6. 6. A satellite.
  7. 7. A secondary quill.
  8. 8. 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.
  9. 9. Second in position or importance; inferior.

secondary - examples of usage

  1. During the course of infectious diseases secondary diseases or complications may arise which are largely caused by bacteria other than those producing the original malady. - "Special Report on Diseases of Cattle", U.S. Department of Agriculture J.R. Mohler.
  2. The knowledge may be useful; pleasure is with him a secondary object. - "Afoot in England", W.H. Hudson.
  3. The main purpose of the telegram was to prove that here he was in London, where he had been last Friday, and where he had remained during all the intervening time; its secondary purpose was to put on record at the earliest possible moment his surprise- surprise so complete that he could scarcely believe the sad news. - "The Devil's Garden", W. B. Maxwell.
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