[ UK /sˈɛkəndəɹi/ ]
[ US /ˈsɛkənˌdɛɹi/ ]
  1. the defensive football players who line up behind the linemen
  2. coil such that current is induced in it by passing a current through the primary coil
  1. inferior in rank or status
    petty officialdom
    a subordinate functionary
    the junior faculty
    a lowly corporal
  2. belonging to a lower class or rank
  3. depending on or incidental to what is original or primary
    a secondary infection
  4. being of second rank or importance or value; not direct or immediate
    a secondary issue
    a secondary source
    the stone will be hauled to a secondary crusher
    secondary streams
  5. not of major importance
    played a secondary role in world events
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How To Use secondary In A Sentence

  • During adolescence , boys and girls will take on secondary sexual characteristics.
  • The main component of the Earth's field – which defines the magnetic poles – is a dipole generated by the convection of molten nickel-iron in the outer core the inner core is solid, so its role is secondary; remember that the Earth's core is well above the Curie temperature, so the iron is not ferromagnetic. Does Zonal Swishing Play a Part in Earth's Magnetic Field Reversals? | Universe Today
  • This nascent bleach can also react with primary or secondary amines to form longer lasting, antimicrobial chloramines.
  • My politicization had happened at irregular intervals during my primary and secondary school days.
  • Working with other schools is an effective means of staff training, and academies for secondary pupils will benefit if their feeder schools improve their standards. Times, Sunday Times
  • Education at the primary and secondary levels has always been rules-based: raise your hand, get a hall pass, obey the dress code, show your work, double-space, check your chewing gum at the door. Dov Seidman: Breaking the Ruler
  • In his 1982 "Secondary Currents," which is described in the film's title credits as a "film noir," Rose pushes the sound and image concerns of structuralist filmmakers by creating a work that is "imageless": on a black screen, white subtitles translate the gibberish of the unreliable narrator in the voice-over. Baltimore City Paper
  • I know enough about this issue to know that ESEA is the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, the main federal law authorizing federal financial assistance to schools whose most recent instantiation is also known as No Child Left Behind. Matthew Yglesias » The Pointlessness of Reading Bills
  • Such considerations are secondary to our main aim of improving efficiency.
  • They're then bundled, or syndicated, in the secondary market.
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