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  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 
  enterprise. 
 
  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. 




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