- sec|ond|ar|y «SEHK uhn DEHR ee», adjective, noun, plural -ar|ies.–adj.1. next after the first in order, place, time, or importance: »
a secondary layer of tissue. Other industries, especially the lighter ones, are called secondary because they employ the products of previous manufacture as their raw materials (Finch and Trewartha).2. having less importance; not main or chief: »
Reading fast is secondary to reading well.SYNONYM(S): subordinate, subsidiary, auxiliary, inferior, minor.4. Electricity. of or having to do with a coil or circuit in which a current is produced by induction.5. Chemistry. involving the substitution of two atoms or groups.6. Geology. produced from another mineral by decay, alteration, or the like.7. (of suffixes, derivation, and the like) added to or based on a form which is itself a derivative.–n.1. a person or thing that is secondary, second in importance, or subordinate.2. the defensive backfield in football.3. = secondary accent. (Cf. ↑secondary accent)4. = secondary coil. (Cf. ↑secondary coil)5. = secondary feather. (Cf. ↑secondary feather)6. a heavenly body that revolves around another, especially a satellite of a planet: »
The moon is a secondary that revolves in an orbit around the earth, a primary. The earth, in turn, is a secondary that travels in an orbit around the sun (Eric D. Carlson).
Useful english dictionary. 2012.