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Definition 1: coil such that current is induced in it by passing a current through the primary coil - [noun denoting artifact]

Synonyms for secondary in the sense of this definition

(secondary is a kind of ...) reactor consisting of a spiral of insulated wire that introduces inductance into a circuit

(... is part of secondary) an electrical device by which alternating current of one voltage is changed to another voltage

Definition 2: the defensive football players who line up behind the linemen - [noun denoting group]

(secondary is a kind of ...) an arrangement of people or things acting as a unit

"a defensive formation" "a formation of planes"

(secondary is a member of ...) (American football) the position of a player on a football team who is stationed behind the line of scrimmage

(... is a member of secondary) a team that plays football

Definition 3: being of second rank or importance or value; not direct or immediate - [adjective denoting all]

Samples where secondary or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the stone will be hauled to a secondary crusher
  • a secondary source
  • a secondary issue
  • secondary streams

(secondary is similar to ...) experienced at secondhand

"read about mountain climbing and felt vicarious excitement"

(secondary is similar to ...) capable of substituting in any of several positions on a team

"a utility infielder"

(secondary is similar to ...) (of a stream) flowing into a larger stream

(secondary is similar to ...) derived from what is primary or original by two intermediate steps

"a thirdhand report"

(secondary is similar to ...) ready for emergency use

"a standby generator" "a standby crew"

(secondary is similar to ...) being a replacement or substitute for a regular member of a team

"a second-string pitcher"

(secondary is similar to ...) derived from what is primary or original; not firsthand

"a secondhand report" "a secondhand account of a memory of something once read" "most of our knowledge is secondhand"

(secondary is similar to ...) not as a direct effect or consequence

"indirect benefits" "an indirect advantage"

(secondary is similar to ...) additional but secondary; auxiliary

(secondary is similar to ...) functioning in a supporting capacity

"the main library and its auxiliary branches"

(secondary is similar to ...) serving or used in place of another

"an alternative plan"

(means also ...) not original; not being or productive of something fresh and unusual

"the manuscript contained unoriginal emendations" "his life had been unoriginal, conforming completely to the given pattern"

(means also ...) not basic or fundamental

Definition 4: depending on or incidental to what is original or primary - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where secondary or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • a secondary infection

(secondary is similar to ...) (sometimes followed by `to') minor or casual or subordinate in significance or nature or occurring as a chance concomitant or consequence

"incidental expenses" "the road will bring other incidental advantages" "extra duties incidental to the job" "labor problems incidental to a rapid expansion" "confusion incidental to a quick change"

Definition 5: inferior in rank or status - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where secondary or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the junior faculty
  • a lowly corporal
  • petty officialdom
  • a subordinate functionary

Synonyms for secondary in the sense of this definition

(secondary is similar to ...) younger; lower in rank; shorter in length of tenure or service

Definition 6: not of major importance - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where secondary or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • played a secondary role in world events

(secondary is similar to ...) of lesser importance or stature or rank

"a minor poet" "had a minor part in the play" "a minor official" "many of these hardy adventurers were minor noblemen" "minor back roads"

Definition 7: belonging to a lower class or rank - [adjective satellite denoting all]

(secondary is similar to ...) lower in rank or importance

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