One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Coming after, less important than, or resulting from someone or something else that is primary.‘luck plays a role, but it's ultimately secondary to local knowledge’
subordinate, lesser, lower, lower-level, minor, peripheral, incidental, tangential, marginal, ancillary, subsidiary, subservient, non-essential, inessential, of little account, unimportant, less importantindirect, non-primary, derived, derivative, resulting, resultant, concomitant, accompanying, consequential, contingent, second-handalternative, spare, extra, additional, another, backup, supporting, relief, fallback, substitute, auxiliaryView synonyms
- ‘There is no doubt that secondary endosymbiosis involves a complicated series of events.’
- ‘But, important as it was, it was still secondary to Johnny's primary concern and that was people.’
- ‘But it seems inexplicable that he used so few primary as well as secondary materials.’
- ‘Similarly, texts have a secondary importance - the primary mode of transmission of knowledge is oral.’
- ‘In some senses, the race is secondary to the social importance of this event.’
- ‘Providing humanitarian aid was secondary to supporting combat operations.’
- ‘The authors conclude that secondary prevention of stroke requires dietary, smoking, medical and, possibly, surgical intervention.’
- ‘In the parts related to these subjects of the study, again, mostly secondary sources were used.’
- ‘The villain is so lacking in character or interest that he seems secondary.’
- ‘The consequence is that secondary bacterial infection is quite common in diseased skin.’
- ‘Ownership is important, but it's secondary to generating competition.’
- ‘As the centuries passed, personal loyalty and service became almost secondary to the acquisition of property.’
- ‘The vascular lesions are probably secondary to chronic inflammation and fibrosis in the adjacent lung.’
- ‘Frequently, sequestration is discovered when a patient develops symptoms that are usually secondary to infection or associated cardiac disease.’
- ‘To maintain growth Ryanair will need to continue seeking out new routes to new secondary airports.’
- ‘Variables such as artist, condition and rarity are secondary in importance.’
- ‘Most of the speakers felt that men had always treated women as secondary beings.’
- ‘Each group or person has individual goals - but in a partnership, they have to be secondary to the primary joint goal.’
- ‘We were doing our best, but our role was becoming distinctly secondary.’
- ‘The plot seems almost secondary to the idea of being offbeat.’
- 1.1attributive Relating to education for children from the age of eleven to sixteen or eighteen.‘a secondary school’
- ‘Primary education lasts until the age of eleven, followed by secondary education.’
- ‘Very few teachers, especially in secondary schools, were funded to develop new curricula for themselves using computers.’
- ‘I did my secondary education at Chibi High School, a boarding school.’
- ‘At least for secondary school teachers, you could crowd all the education stuff that you need on lesson planning and discipline into one class.’
- ‘All but two students had received secondary school education in the United Kingdom.’
- ‘Louis studied at the Lyceé Janson de Sailly in Paris completing his secondary school education in 1909.’
- ‘No, I spent primary school and my secondary education in a State school.’
- ‘I teach them for eight years before they go to boarding school to complete their secondary education.’
- ‘Such a system is needed to make post secondary education more accessible.’
- ‘All four colleges provided training for secondary school teachers on integrated academic curricula.’
- ‘Mr Curtis said he hoped to take a primary school teacher and a secondary school science head teacher with him on his trip, which could be in May.’
- ‘Many students drop out of secondary education or university.’
- ‘In our work as secondary English educators, we know we should routinely consider the literacy practices that best meet the needs of our students.’
- ‘The Schools Minister added that a new secondary school will be built in Swindon by 2011.’
- ‘Alexandra College in Milltown, Dublin, offers kindergarten, junior and secondary level education for girls.’
- ‘As the Secretary of State for Education embarks on secondary curriculum revision, can we hope he will seize a tide?’
- ‘After I felt that my mission had drawn to a close, I was assigned to teach physical education to Taiwanese secondary school students.’
- ‘The pointillist painting method can be adapted to all levels of elementary and secondary art education.’
- ‘About 90 percent of students who finish elementary school continue their education at the secondary level.’
- ‘The new secondary school will open in September.’
- ‘Recommended course series for early childhood educators, elementary educators, and secondary educators have been designed.’
- 1.2 Having a reversible chemical reaction and therefore able to store energy.
- ‘ATP is the power molecule used all over organisms and their cells to power the secondary reactions that keep us alive.’
- 1.3 Relating to or denoting the output side of a device using electromagnetic induction, especially in a transformer.
- ‘The reverse polarity creates a peak current about twice as high as the six amps of coil current on the primary side, and a higher peak-to-peak current on the secondary side.’
- ‘The alternating flux in the core in turn induces an alternating current in each of the secondary coils.’
- ‘The burst in current causes a change in voltage in the secondary coil, which in turn causes a change in voltage in the feedback coil.’
- ‘It's broadly the same way a power transformer works, with a primary coil generating a current in a secondary coil, the difference between the number of loops in each coil governing the change to the voltage.’
- ‘Apply the ac voltage to the primary winding and expect output voltage at the secondary side.’
2Geologyformer term for Mesozoic
- ‘We learn that there was a time when Cephalopoda were the highest types of animal life; and that during the secondary period they were anatomically raised far above any forms of the reptile class now living in the world.’
- ‘These big limestone tables are formed in the secondary era.’
(of an organic compound) having its functional group located on a carbon atom which is bonded to two other carbon atoms.
- ‘In this example, the first molecule is a primary alcohol and the second is a secondary alcohol.’
- ‘Similar to ions, secreted secondary compounds are positioned to be leached to the soil, in some cases for the purpose of contributing to allelopathy.’
- ‘Just aft of the close-coupled catalyst sits a particulate filter and secondary oxidation catalyst.’
- ‘Manufacture of ketones can also be carried out by the dehydrogenation of a secondary alcohol at high temperature.’
- 3.1 (chiefly of amines) derived from ammonia by replacement of two hydrogen atoms by organic groups.
- ‘Reaction with nitrous acid is used to distinguish between primary, secondary, and tertiary amines.’
- ‘Tricyclic antidepressants may be categorized as secondary or tertiary amines.’
- ‘Subsequent synthesis reactions using different primary, secondary, and aromatic amines had similar reaction and precipitation times.’
- ‘The acidic pH of the stomach would favour the nitrosation of secondary and tertiary amines in the quid.’
1A secondary coil or winding in an electrical transformer.
- ‘Each secondary will feature 672 voice-coil actuators, now in the final stages of fabrication in Italy.’
A secondary feather.
- ‘One or more additional layers of shorter feathers may overlie the proximal parts of the flight primaries and secondaries.’
- ‘The white secondaries of each wing were clearly visible, separated by the black back of the bird, and they reached all the way to the trailing edge of the wings.’
- ‘In all cases, we obtained wax extracts from flight feathers, predominantly primaries and secondaries.’
- ‘It is mostly black, with white at the trailing edge of the secondaries, on the sides of the rump, and on the throat, narrowing towards the belly.’
- ‘Characteristics shared with other Apodiformes include: tiny feet, long wings with long primaries, short humeri and short secondaries.’
dated The Secondary or Mesozoic era.
The players in the defensive backfield, or the area these players cover.
- ‘Sure, that trio gave the Eagles perhaps the most formidable secondary in the league.’
- ‘Just as important, he is a stabilizing element in a young secondary.’
- ‘They also don't have the passing game to burn Baltimore's suspect secondary.’
- ‘He's an explosive playmaker who has the speed to get behind opposing secondaries for big plays.’
- ‘Busted assignments, especially by a young secondary, have led to huge plays.’
Late Middle English: from Latin secundarius ‘of the second quality or class’, from secundus (see second).
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