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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  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.
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              Wheresoever there is moral right on the one hand, no
              secondary right can discharge it.     --L'Estrange.
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              Two are the radical differences; the secondary
              differences are as four.              --Bacon.
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     2. Acting by deputation or delegated authority; as, the work
        of secondary hands.
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     3. (Chem.) Possessing some quality, or having been subject to
        some operation (as substitution), in the second degree;
        as, a secondary salt, a secondary amine, etc. Cf.
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     Note: A primary amine has the general formula R.NH2; a
           secondary amine has the general formula R.NH.R',
           where R and R' are alkyl or aryl groups. A primary
           alcohol has the general formula R.CH2.OH; a secondary
           alcohol has the general formula R.CHOH.R'. Tertiary
           amines and alcohols have the general formulas
           R.CR'N.R' and R.CR'OH.R', respectively.
     4. (Min.) Subsequent in origin; -- said of minerals produced
        by alteration or deposition subsequent to the formation of
        the original rock mass; also of characters of minerals (as
        secondary cleavage, etc.) developed by pressure or other
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     5. (Zool.) Pertaining to the second joint of the wing of a
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     6. (Med.)
        (a) Dependent or consequent upon another disease; as,
            Bright's disease is often secondary to scarlet fever.
        (b) Occurring in the second stage of a disease; as, the
            secondary symptoms of syphilis.
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     Secondary accent. See the Note under Accent, n., 1.
     Secondary age. (Geol.) The Mesozoic age, or age before the
        Tertiary. See Mesozoic, and Note under Age, n., 8.
     Secondary alcohol (Chem.), any one of a series of alcohols
        which contain the radical CH.OH united with two
        hydrocarbon radicals. On oxidation the secondary alcohols
        form ketones.
     Secondary amputation (Surg.), an amputation for injury,
        performed after the constitutional effects of the injury
        have subsided.
     Secondary axis (Opt.), any line which passes through the
        optical center of a lens but not through the centers of
        curvature, or, in the case of a mirror, which passes
        through the center of curvature but not through the center
        of the mirror.
     Secondary battery. (Elec.) See under Battery, n., 4.
     Secondary circle (Geom. & Astron.), a great circle that
        passes through the poles of another great circle and is
        therefore perpendicular to its plane.
     Secondary circuit, Secondary coil (Elec.), a circuit or
        coil in which a current is produced by the induction of a
        current in a neighboring circuit or coil called the
        primary circuit or coil.
     Secondary color, a color formed by mixing any two primary
        colors in equal proportions.
     Secondary coverts (Zool.), the longer coverts which overlie
        the basal part of the secondary quills of a bird. See
        Illust. under Bird.
     Secondary crystal (Min.), a crystal derived from one of the
        primary forms.
     Secondary current (Elec.), a momentary current induced in a
        closed circuit by a current of electricity passing through
        the same or a contiguous circuit at the beginning and also
        at the end of the passage of the primary current.
     Secondary evidence, that which is admitted upon failure to
        obtain the primary or best evidence.
     Secondary fever (Med.), a fever coming on in a disease
        after the subsidence of the fever with which the disease
        began, as the fever which attends the outbreak of the
        eruption in smallpox.
     Secondary hemorrhage (Med.), hemorrhage occuring from a
        wounded blood vessel at some considerable time after the
        original bleeding has ceased.
     Secondary planet. (Astron.) See the Note under Planet.
     Secondary qualities, those qualities of bodies which are
        not inseparable from them as such, but are dependent for
        their development and intensity on the organism of the
        percipient, such as color, taste, odor, etc.
     Secondary quills or Secondary remiges (Zool.), the quill
        feathers arising from the forearm of a bird and forming a
        row continuous with the primaries; -- called also
        secondaries. See Illust. of Bird.
     Secondary rocks or Secondary strata (Geol.), those lying
        between the Primary, or Paleozoic, and Tertiary (see
        Primary rocks, under Primary); -- later restricted to
        strata of the Mesozoic age, and at present but little
     Secondary syphilis (Med.), the second stage of syphilis,
        including the period from the first development of
        constitutional symptoms to the time when the bones and the
        internal organs become involved.
     Secondary tint, any subdued tint, as gray.
     Secondary union (Surg.), the union of wounds after
        suppuration; union by the second intention.
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     Syn: Second; second-rate; subordinate; inferior.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  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.
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              Old Escalus . . . is thy secondary.   --Shak.
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     2. (Astron.)
        (a) A secondary circle.
        (b) A satellite.
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     3. (Zool.) A secondary quill.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Reptilian \Rep*til"i*an\ (-an), a.
     Belonging to the reptiles.
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     Reptilian age (Geol.), that part of geological time
        comprising the Triassic, Jurassic, and Cretaceous periods,
        and distinguished as that era in which the class of
        reptiles attained its highest expansion; -- called also
        the Secondary or Mezozoic age.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      adj 1: being of second rank or importance or value; not direct
             or immediate; "the stone will be hauled to a secondary
             crusher"; "a secondary source"; "a secondary issue";
             "secondary streams" [ant: primary]
      2: inferior in rank or status; "the junior faculty"; "a lowly
         corporal"; "petty officialdom"; "a subordinate functionary"
         [syn: junior-grade, lower-ranking, lowly, petty(a),
         secondary, subaltern]
      3: depending on or incidental to what is original or primary; "a
         secondary infection"
      4: not of major importance; "played a secondary role in world
      5: belonging to a lower class or rank
      n 1: the defensive football players who line up behind the
      2: coil such that current is induced in it by passing a current
         through the primary coil [syn: secondary coil, secondary
         winding, secondary]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  275 Moby Thesaurus words for "secondary":
     Janus-like, Maxwell triangle, Munsell scale, accessory, accident,
     accidental, addendum, addition, additional, adjunct, adscititious,
     adventitious, advocate, agent, alter ego, alternate, alternative,
     ambidextrous, amicus curiae, analogy, ancillary, appendage,
     appurtenance, appurtenant, ascititious, assistant, attorney,
     auxiliary, backup, backup man, bifacial, bifold, biform, bilateral,
     binary, binate, biparous, bivalent, borrowed, casual, champion,
     change, changeling, chromatic circle, chromatic spectrum,
     chromaticity diagram, circumstantial, cog, collateral,
     color circle, color cycle, color index, color mixture curve,
     color solid, color spectrum, color system, color triangle, coming,
     common, commonality, commonalty, comparison, complementary color,
     conduplicate, consequent, contingency, contingent, copied, copy,
     counterfeit, covert, creature, demeaning, demitint, dependent,
     deputy, derivational, derivative, derived, dinky, disadvantaged,
     disomatous, double, double-faced, dual, dummy, duple, duplex,
     duplicate, employee, equal, equivalent, ersatz, eventual, exchange,
     executive officer, exponent, extra, fake, feather, feathers,
     figurehead, fill-in, final, flunky, follower, fortuitous,
     full color, fundamental colors, geminate, geminated, ghost,
     ghostwriter, hackle, half tint, halftone, happenstance, helper,
     hoi polloi, hue cycle, humble, imitated, imitation, in the shade,
     incidental, indirect, inessential, inferior, infra dig,
     insignificant, junior, last, less, lesser, lieutenant, lightweight,
     locum, locum tenens, low, low-priority, lower, lower class,
     lower orders, lowly, mail, makeshift, marginal, masses,
     mere chance, metamer, metaphor, metonymy, minor, mock, modest,
     monochrome, next best thing, no great shakes, nonessential,
     not-self, of no account, of no consequence, of no matter,
     of no significance, ordinary, other, paranymph, pawn, personnel,
     phony, pinch, pinch hitter, pleader, plumage, poor relation,
     primary, primary color, procurator, provisional, proxy, pure color,
     relief, replacement, representative, reserve, reserves, resultant,
     right-hand man, ringer, scrub, second, second fiddle,
     second in command, second rank, second string, secondary color,
     secondhand, servant, servile, sign, small, small-fry, small-time,
     solar spectrum, spare, spares, spectral color, spectrum,
     spectrum color, speculum, stand-in, stopgap, sub, subaltern,
     subject, subordinate, subsequent, subservient, subsidiary,
     substituent, substitute, substitution, succedaneum, superadded,
     superaddition, superfluous, superseder, supervenient, supplanter,
     supplement, supplemental, supplementary, supporting, supportive,
     surrogate, symbol, synecdoche, temporary, tentative, tertiary,
     tertiary color, third rank, third string, third stringer, token,
     tributary, twin, twinned, two-faced, two-level, two-ply, two-sided,
     two-story, twofold, ultimate, under, underling, underprivileged,
     understrapper, understudy, unessential, unimportant, unoriginal,
     utility, utility man, utility player, vicar, vicar general,
     vicarious, vice, vice-president, vice-regent, vicegerent, vulgar,

From Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856) :

  SECONDARY, English law. An officer who is second or next to the chief 
  officer; as secondaries to the prothonotaries of the courts of king's bench, 
  or common pleas; secondary of the remembrancer in the exchequer, &c. Jacob, 
  L. D. h.t. 

From Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856) :

  SECONDARY, construction. That which comes after the first, which is primary: 
  as, the primary law of, nations the secondary law of nations. 

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