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secondary

  

      adj  
1    one grade or step after the first; not primary  
2    derived from or depending on what is primary, original, or first  
a secondary source     
3    below the first in rank, importance, etc.; not of major importance  
4    prenominal   of or relating to the education of young people between the ages of 11 and 18  
secondary education     
5    (of the flight feathers of a bird's wing) growing from the ulna  
6   
a    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  
a secondary coil     
b    (of a current) flowing in such a circuit  
   Compare       primary       7  
7    (of an industry) involving the manufacture of goods from raw materials  
   Compare       primary       8b       tertiary       2  
8      (Geology)   (of minerals) formed by the alteration of pre-existing minerals  
9      (Chem)  
a    (of an organic compound) having a functional group attached to a carbon atom that is attached to one hydrogen atom and two other groups  
b    (of an amine) having only two organic groups attached to a nitrogen atom; containing the group NH  
c    (of a salt) derived from a tribasic acid by replacement of two acidic hydrogen atoms with metal atoms or electropositive groups  
10      (Linguistics)  
a    derived from a word that is itself a derivation from another word. Thus, lovably comes from lovable and is a secondary derivative from love  
b       (of a tense in Latin, Greek, or Sanskrit) another word for       historic       3  
      n   pl   , -aries  
11    a person or thing that is secondary  
12    a subordinate, deputy, or inferior  
13    a secondary coil, winding, inductance, or current in an electric circuit  
14      (Ornithol)   any of the flight feathers that grow from the ulna of a bird's wing  
   See       primary       6  
15      (Astronomy)   a celestial body that orbits around a specified primary body  
the moon is the secondary of the earth     
16      (Med)   a cancerous growth in some part of the body away from the site of the original tumour  
17      (American football)  
a    usually preceded by: the   cornerbacks and safeties collectively  
b    their area in the field  
18       short for       secondary colour  
  secondarily      adv  
  secondariness      n  


Certificate of Secondary Education  
      n      See       CSE  
General Certificate of Secondary Education  
      n      See       GCSE  
secondary accent   , stress  
      n     (Phonetics)   (in a system of transcribing utterances recognizing three levels of stress) the accent on a syllable of a word or breath group that is weaker than the primary accent but stronger than the lack of stress  
in the word ``agriculture'' the secondary accent falls on the third syllable         Compare       primary accent  
secondary cell  
      n   an electric cell that can be recharged and can therefore be used to store electrical energy in the form of chemical energy  
   See also       accumulator       1  
  
Compare  
    primary cell  
secondary colour  
      n   a colour formed by mixing two primary colours,   (Sometimes shortened to)    secondary  
secondary emission  
      n     (Physics)   the emission of electrons (secondary electrons) from a solid as a result of bombardment with a beam of electrons, ions, or metastable atoms: used in electron multipliers  
secondary modern school  
      n     (Brit)   (formerly) a secondary school offering a more technical or practical and less academic education than a grammar school  
secondary picketing  
      n   the picketing by strikers of a place of work that supplies goods to or distributes goods from their employer  
  secondary picket      n  
secondary processes  
      pl n     (Psychoanal)   the logical conscious type of mental functioning, guided by external reality  
   Compare       primary processes  
secondary qualities  
      pl n   (in empiricist philosophy) those properties of objects that are explained in terms of the primary properties of their parts, such as heat in terms of the motion of molecules  
secondary school  
      n   a school for young people, usually between the ages of 11 and 18  
secondary sexual characteristic  
      n   any of various features distinguishing individuals of different sex but not directly concerned in reproduction. Examples are the antlers of a stag and the beard of a man  
secondary stress  
      n      another term for       secondary accent  
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