Synonyms/Hypernyms (Ordered by Estimated Frequency) of noun secondary

2 senses of secondary

Sense 1
secondary -- (the defensive football players who line up behind the linemen)
       => formation -- (an arrangement of people or things acting as a unit; "a defensive formation"; "a formation of planes")

Sense 2
secondary coil, secondary winding, secondary -- (coil such that current is induced in it by passing a current through the primary coil)
       => coil -- (reactor consisting of a spiral of insulated wire that introduces inductance into a circuit)

Antonyms of adj secondary

5 senses of secondary

Sense 1
secondary (vs. primary) -- (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")

primary (vs. secondary) -- (of first rank or importance or value; direct and immediate rather than secondary; "primary goals"; "a primary effect"; "primary sources"; "a primary interest")
        => capital -- (of primary importance; "our capital concern was to avoid defeat")
        => direct -- (being an immediate result or consequence; "a direct result of the accident")
        => firsthand -- (received directly from a source; "firsthand information")
        => first-string -- (being a regular member of a team; "first-string players")
        => original -- ((of e.g. information) not secondhand or by way of something intermediary; "his work is based on only original, not secondary, sources")
        => particular, special -- (first and most important; "his special interest is music"; "she gets special (or particular) satisfaction from her volunteer work")

Sense 2
junior-grade, lower-ranking, lowly, petty (prenominal), secondary, subaltern -- (inferior in rank or status; "the junior faculty"; "a lowly corporal"; "petty officialdom"; "a subordinate functionary")

INDIRECT (VIA junior) -> senior -- (older; higher in rank; longer in length of tenure or service; "senior officer")

Sense 3
secondary -- (depending on or incidental to what is original or primary; "a secondary infection")

INDIRECT (VIA incidental) -> basic -- (pertaining to or constituting a base or basis; "a basic fact"; "the basic ingredients"; "basic changes in public opinion occur because of changes in priorities")

Sense 4
secondary -- (not of major importance; "played a secondary role in world events")

INDIRECT (VIA minor) -> major -- (of greater importance or stature or rank; "a major artist"; "a major role"; "major highways")

Sense 5
secondary -- (belonging to a lower class or rank)

INDIRECT (VIA subordinate) -> dominant -- (exercising influence or control; "television plays a dominant role in molding public opinion"; "the dominant partner in the marriage")

Similarity of adj secondary

5 senses of secondary

Sense 1
secondary (vs. primary) -- (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")
       => alternate, alternative, substitute -- (serving or used in place of another; "an alternative plan")
       => auxiliary, subsidiary, supplemental, supplementary -- (functioning in a supporting capacity; "the main library and its auxiliary branches")
       => collateral -- (accompany, concomitant; "collateral target damage from a bombing run")
       => indirect -- (not as a direct effect or consequence; "indirect benefits"; "an indirect advantage")
       => secondhand -- (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")
       => second-string -- (being a replacement or substitute for a regular member of a team; "a second-string pitcher")
       => standby -- (ready for emergency use; "a standby generator"; "a standby crew")
       => thirdhand -- (derived from what is primary or original by two intermediate steps; "a thirdhand report")
       => tributary -- ((of a stream) flowing into a larger stream)
       => utility (prenominal), substitute (prenominal) -- (capable of substituting in any of several positions on a team; "a utility infielder")
       => vicarious -- (experienced at secondhand; "read about mountain climbing and felt vicarious excitement")
          Also See-> inessential#1, unessential#1; unoriginal#1

Sense 2
junior-grade, lower-ranking, lowly, petty (prenominal), secondary, subaltern -- (inferior in rank or status; "the junior faculty"; "a lowly corporal"; "petty officialdom"; "a subordinate functionary")
       => junior (vs. senior) -- (younger; lower in rank; shorter in length of tenure or service)

Sense 3
secondary -- (depending on or incidental to what is original or primary; "a secondary infection")
       => incidental (vs. basic), incident -- ((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")

Sense 4
secondary -- (not of major importance; "played a secondary role in world events")
       => minor (vs. major) -- (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")

Sense 5
secondary -- (belonging to a lower class or rank)
       => subordinate (vs. dominant), low-level -- (lower in rank or importance)

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