SEC'ONDARY, a. [L. secundarius, from secundus.]
1. Succeeding next in order to the first; subordinate.
Where there is moral right on the one hand, not secondary right can discharge it.
SEC'OND-A-RY, a. [L. secundarius, from secundus.]
- Succeeding next in order to the first; subordinate.
Where there is moral right on the one hand, no secondary right can discharge it. – L'Estrange.
- Not primary; not of the first intention.
Two are the radical differences; the secondary differences are as four. – Bacon.
- Not of the first order or rate; revolving about a primary planet. Primary planets revolve about the sun; secondary planets revolve about the primary.
- Acting by deputation or delegated authority; as, the work of secondary hands. – Milton.
- Acting in subordination, or as second to another; as, a secondary officer. – Encyc.
Secondary rocks, in geology, are those which were formed after the primary. They are always situated over or above the primitive and transition rocks; they abound with organic remains or petrifactions, and are supposed to be mechanical deposits from water. Cleaveland.
A secondary fever, is that which arises after a crisis, or a critical effort, as after the declension of the small pox or measles.
Secondary circles, or secondaries, in astronomy, circles passing through the poles of any of the great circles of the sphere, perpendicular to the planes of those circles.
Secondary qualities, are the qualities of bodies which are not inseparable from them, but which proceed from casual circumstances, such as color, taste, odor, &c.
Secondary formations, in geology, formations of substances, subsequent to the primitive.
- A delegate or deputy; one who acts in subordination to another; as, the secondaries of the court of king's bench and of common pleas. – Encyc.
- A feather growing on the second bone of a fowl's wing.
- Succeeding next in order
to the first; of second place, origin, rank, etc.; not primary;
subordinate; not of the first order or rate.
- 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.
- Acting by deputation or delegated
authority; as, the work of secondary hands.
- Possessing some quality, or
having been subject to some operation (as substitution), in the second
degree; as, a secondary salt, a secondary amine, etc.
- A secondary
- 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
- Pertaining to the
second joint of the wing of a bird.
or consequent upon another disease; as, Bright's disease is often
secondary to scarlet fever.