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  • n. Any device that is less common than the normal ordinaries

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One of several heraldic bearings somewhat less common than an ordinary. See ordinary.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In heraldry, a bearing of simple figure, often appearing, but not considered so common or so important as one of the ordinaries. See ordinary, 9.


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sub- +‎ ordinary


  • Minor geometric charges (subordinaries) are those which (except for the border) do not reach the edge of the shield; if used with an ordinary, the subordinary is placed on top.

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  • There are central and subordinary fire stations, all connected together by telegraph and telephone.

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