additional; supplementary; reserve:
an auxiliary police force.
used as a substitute or reserve in case of need:
The hospital has an auxiliary power system in case of a blackout.
(of a boat) having an engine that can be used to supplement the sails:
an auxiliary yawl.
giving support; serving as an aid; helpful:
The mind and emotions are auxiliary to each other. Passion is auxiliary to art.
a person or thing that gives aid of any kind; helper.
an organization allied with, but subsidiary to, a main body of restricted membership, especially one composed of members’ relatives:
The men’s club and the ladies’ auxiliary were merged into one organization.
auxiliaries, foreign troops in the service of a nation at war.
Navy. a naval vessel designed for other than combat purposes, as a tug, supply ship, or transport.
Nautical. a sailing vessel carrying an auxiliary propulsion engine or engines.
Their auxiliaries, until the advent of the French, were wholly undisciplined.
Washington in Victory Piers Brendon October 9, 2008
They must be lifted up, and you can be of great service as auxiliaries to the advanced spirits who labor for their redemption.
A Book Written by the Spirits of the So-Called Dead C. G. Helleberg
There are eighty auxiliaries to the State Suffrage Association.
The History of Woman Suffrage, Volume IV Various
Surprised by his sudden arrival, they submit, and even offer him subsidies and auxiliaries.
History of Julius Caesar Vol. 2 of 2 Napoleon III, Emperor of the French, 1808-1873.
The auxiliaries of the Romans; an auxiliary in a good cause; an auxiliary to learning.
English Synonyms and Antonyms James Champlin Fernald
Pictures and descriptions, however valuable as auxiliaries, can never take the place of personal observation.
Birds and All Nature, Vol. III, No. 3, March 1898 Various
There are whispers of “Bavarian auxiliaries” being hired for them, too.
History of Friedrich II. of Prussia, Vol. XV. (of XXI.) Thomas Carlyle
Some of them were rather ashamed to acknowledge that their auxiliaries were inveterate cannibals.
Hernando Cortez John S. C. Abbott
They entered the Chinese dominions as auxiliaries against two rebel chiefs, but soon perceived they might become the principals.
Travels in China, Containing Descriptions, Observations, and Comparisons, Made and Collected in the Course of a Short Residence at the Imperial Palace of Yuen-Min-Yuen, and on a Subsequent Journey through the Country from Pekin to Canton John Barrow
But again, to allow the latter to disembark would be to furnish me with auxiliaries and render mine the stronger side.
The Casque’s Lark Eugne Sue
foreign or allied troops serving another nation; mercenaries
secondary or supplementary
(nautical) (of a sailing vessel) having an engine: an auxiliary sloop
noun (pl) -ries
a person or thing that supports or supplements; subordinate or assistant
a sailing vessel with an engine
the engine of such a vessel
(navy) a vessel such as a tug, hospital ship, etc, not used for combat
c.1600, from Latin auxiliaris “helpful,” from auxilium “aid, help, support,” related to auctus, past participle of augere “to increase” (see augment).
“foreign troops in service of a nation at war,” c.1600, from auxiliary (adj.). Related: Auxiliaries.
auxiliary aux·il·ia·ry (ôg-zĭl’yə-rē, -zĭl’ə-rē)
Functioning in an augmenting capacity; supplementary.
Functioning as a subordinate; secondary.
additional; supplementary; reserve: an auxiliary police force. used as a substitute or reserve in case of need: The hospital has an auxiliary power system in case of a blackout. (of a boat) having an engine that can be used to supplement the sails: an auxiliary yawl. giving support; serving as an aid; helpful: The mind […]
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