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  3  definitions  found 
 
  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 
  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. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  auxiliary 
  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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