secondary

  • 1 Secondary — Sec ond*a*ry, a. [Cf. F. secondaire, L. secundaire. See {Second}, a.] 1. Succeeding next in order to the first; of second place, origin, rank, etc.; not primary; subordinate; not of the first order or rate. [1913 Webster] Wheresoever there is… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2 secondary — deleted sense 3 so little evidence old fashioned? sec‧ond‧a‧ry [ˈsekəndri ǁ deri] adjective 1. secondary shares/​bonds etc FINANCE shares, stocks etc in companies that are not considered to be the biggest or most important; = SECOND TIER: • The… …

    Financial and business terms

  • 3 Secondary — is an adjective meaning second or second hand . It may refer to: * Secondary education * A secondary consumer in an ecological sense * Secondary dominant, in music * Secondary, in American football and Canadian football, the group of (usually at… …

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  • 4 secondary — sec·ond·ary / se kən ˌder ē/ adj 1: of second rank, status, importance, or value 2: derived from something original or primary 3: of, relating to, or being the second order or stage in a series sec·ond·ar·i·ly /ˌse kən der ə lē/ adv se …

    Law dictionary

  • 5 secondary — [sek′ən der΄ē] adj. [ME secundary < L secundarius] 1. second, or below the first, in rank, importance, class, place, etc.; subordinate; minor; not primary 2. a) derived or resulting from something considered primary or original; dependent;… …

    English World dictionary

  • 6 Secondary — Sec ond*a*ry, n.; pl. {Secondaries}. 1. One who occupies a subordinate, inferior, or auxiliary place; a delegate or deputy; one who is second or next to the chief officer; as, the secondary, or undersheriff of the city of London. [1913 Webster]… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 7 secondary — (adj.) late 14c., from L. secundarius pertaining to the second class, inferior, from secundus (see SECOND (Cf. second) (adj.)). Of colors, from 1831; of education, from 1809. Secondary succession attested from 1905 …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 8 secondary — [adj1] subordinate; less important accessory, alternate, auxiliary, backup, bushleague*, collateral, consequential, contingent, dependent, dinky*, extra, inconsiderable, inferior, insignificant, lesser, lower, minor, minor league*, petty, relief …

    New thesaurus

  • 9 secondary — adj *subordinate, dependent, subject, tributary, collateral Analogous words: *auxiliary, accessory, subservient, subsidiary, contributory: incidental, *accidental, adventitious Antonyms: primary …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 10 secondary — A second mail sorting operation that separates mail into finer levels. (Compare with primary and tertiary) …

    Glossary of postal terms

  • 11 secondary — ► ADJECTIVE 1) coming after, less important than, or resulting from something primary. 2) relating to education for children from the age of eleven to sixteen or eighteen. DERIVATIVES secondarily adverb …

    English terms dictionary

  • 12 secondary — In English practice, an officer of the courts of king s bench and common pleas; so called because he was second or next to the chief officer. In the king s bench he was called Master of the King s Bench Office, and was a deputy of the… …

    Black's law dictionary

  • 13 secondary — I. adjective Date: 14th century 1. a. of second rank, importance, or value b. of, relating to, or constituting the second strongest of the three or four degrees of stress recognized by most linguists < the fourth syllable of basketball team… …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 14 secondary — secondarily /sek euhn der euh lee, sek euhn dair /, adv. secondariness, n. /sek euhn der ee/, adj., n., pl. secondaries. adj. 1. next after the first in order, place, time, etc. 2. belonging or pertaining to a second order, division, stage,… …

    Universalium

  • 15 secondary — sec|ond|ar|y [ sekən,deri ] adjective * 1. ) less important than something else: His feelings in the matter are of secondary importance. He only played a secondary role. secondary to: The color of the car is secondary to its quality and price. 2 …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 16 secondary */*/*/ — UK [ˈsekənd(ə)rɪ] / US [ˈsekənˌderɪ] adjective 1) relating to the education of children between the ages of 11 and 16 or 18 primary and secondary education secondary teachers/pupils 2) less important than something else His feelings in the matter …

    English dictionary

  • 17 secondary — [[t]se̱kəndri, AM deri[/t]] 1) ADJ: usu ADJ n, also v link ADJ to n If you describe something as secondary, you mean that it is less important than something else. The street erupted in a huge explosion, with secondary explosions in the adjoining …

    English dictionary

  • 18 secondary — adjective 1 secondary education/schooling/teaching etc the education, teaching etc of children between the ages of 11 and 16 2 not as important or urgent as something else: a secondary role | be of secondary importance/be a secondary… …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 19 secondary — sec|ond|a|ry W2 [ˈsekəndəri US deri] adj 1.) secondary education/schooling/teaching etc the education, teaching etc of children between the ages of 11 and 16 or 18 2.) not as important as something else ▪ the novel s secondary characters… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 20 secondary — adj. & n. adj. 1 coming after or next below what is primary. 2 derived from or depending on or supplementing what is primary. 3 (of education, a school, etc.) for those who have had primary education, usu. from 11 to 18 years. 4 Electr. a (of a… …

    Useful english dictionary


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