Hypertext Webster Gateway: "auxiliary"

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Auxiliary \Aux*il"ia*ry\ (?; 106), a. [L. auxiliarius, fr.
auxilium help, aid, fr. augere to increase.]
Conferring aid or help; helping; aiding; assisting;
subsidiary; as auxiliary troops.

{Auxiliary scales} (Mus.), the scales of relative or
attendant keys. See under {Attendant}, a.

{Auxiliary verbs} (Gram.). See {Auxiliary}, n., 3.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Auxiliary \Aux*il"ia*ry\, n.; pl. {Auxiliaries}.
1. A helper; an assistant; a confederate in some action or

2. (Mil.) pl. Foreign troops in the service of a nation at
war; (rarely in sing.), a member of the allied or
subsidiary force.

3. (Gram.) A verb which helps to form the voices, modes, and
tenses of other verbs; -- called, also, an auxiliary verb;
as, have, be, may, can, do, must, shall, and will, in
English; [^e]tre and avoir, in French; avere and essere,
in Italian; estar and haber, in Spanish.

4. (Math.) A quantity introduced for the purpose of
simplifying or facilitating some operation, as in
equations or trigonometrical formul[ae]. --Math. Dict.

From WordNet (r) 1.7 (wn)

adj 1: functioning in a subsidiary or supporting capacity; "the
main library and its auxiliary branches" [syn: {subsidiary},
{supplemental}, {supplementary}]
2: relating to something that is added but is not essential;
"an ancillary pump"; "an adjuvant discipline to forms of
mysticism"; "The mind and emotions are auxilliary to each
other" [syn: {accessory}, {adjunct}, {ancillary}, {adjuvant},
{appurtenant}, {subsidiary}]
n : someone who acts as assistant [syn: {aide}]

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