Sorry, no definitions found. Check out and contribute to the discussion of this word!


Sorry, no etymologies found.


  • Before long he came to a section of branch devoid of animal or sec-ondary plant life.

    Mid Flinx

  • Mythology always fascinated me in school, but all we were ever exposed to by the Anglocentric American sec-ondary curriculum was the mythlore of Greece and Rome.

    The Metrognome and Other Stories

  • He begins a litany which includes primary, sec-ondary, and emergency tubes; elbows; valves; junctions; skins; generators; control circuits; and display functions.

    Passage at Arms

  • Brutality and violence are merely sec-ondary (and not in the least indispensable) characteristics.

    The Unbearable Lightness of Being

  • Peering through his mask (no need of the sec-ondary goggles during the night), Ethan saw spread out among wood and soil a treasure trove of metal objects.

    Mission to Moulokin

  • Purpose's sec - ondary mounts were turning toward them.

    The Heirs of Babylon

  • The argument of immediacy, moreover, is used polemically against theories that beauty is no primary datum, but is the result of sec - ondary factors, such as utility, education, habit, or custom.

    Dictionary of the History of Ideas

  • D. Ingres (1780-1867), color was sec - ondary to line, mass, and perspective.


  • He is credited with introducing the distinction between primary and sec - ondary qualities of objects into modern philosophy, thereby attacking the Aristotelian view that scientific knowledge can both be based on sense perception and be necessarily true.

    Dictionary of the History of Ideas

  • Newton's Opticks, by contrast, deals with the “sec - ondary qualities” of things: chiefly color and — if we take the famous Queries into consideration — those attributes which differentiate various kinds of bodies: chemical behavior, phenomena associated with heat, and such physical properties as cohesion, surface ten - sion, and capillary rise (I.B. Cohen [1956], pp. 115-17).

    Dictionary of the History of Ideas


Log in or sign up to get involved in the conversation. It's quick and easy.