auxiliary

auxiliary (adj.) c.1600, from L. auxiliaris "helpful," from auxilium "aid, help, support," related to auctus, pp. of augere "to increase" (see AUGMENT (Cf. augment)). Military noun meaning "foreign troops in service of a nation at war" is from c.1600.

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  • Auxiliary — may refer to:*A backup system *An auxiliary input. See Scart and Jack (connector). *An auxiliary verb *International auxiliary language *Auxiliary police *Troops supporting the main force of an army see auxiliaries **Armed Forces auxiliary… …   Wikipedia

  • auxiliary — auxiliary, subsidiary, accessory, contributory, subservient, ancillary, adjuvant mean supplying aid or support. Auxiliary may imply subordinate rank or position {an auxiliary organization} {an auxiliary bishop} {the conclusion that the humanistic …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 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. [1913 Webster] {Auxiliary scales} (Mus.), the scales of relative or… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • auxiliary — [ôg zil′yə rē; ôgzil′ē ə rē, ôg zilē er΄ē; ] often [, ôgzil′ə rē] adj. [L auxiliaris, helpful < auxilium, aid < pp. of augere, to increase: see WAX2] 1. giving help or aid; assisting or supporting 2. acting in a subsidiary, or subordinate,… …   English World dictionary

  • auxiliary — Ⅰ. auxiliary UK US /ɔːgˈzɪliəri/ adjective ► used in addition to the main team, organization, system, etc. in order to give extra help and support: auxiliary staff/police/nurses »About 4800 unarmed auxiliary police officers work on a volunteer… …   Financial and business terms

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  • Auxiliary — Aux*il ia*ry, n.; pl. {Auxiliaries}. 1. A helper; an assistant; a confederate in some action or enterprise. [1913 Webster] 2. (Mil.) pl. Foreign troops in the service of a nation at war; (rarely in sing.), a member of the allied or subsidiary… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • auxiliary — [adj] supplementary abetting, accessory, adjuvant, ancillary, appurtenant, backup, complementary, contributory, extra, reserve, secondary, spare, subordinate, subservient, subsidiary, supporting; concepts 546,824 Ant. body, main auxiliary [n]… …   New thesaurus

  • auxiliary — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ providing supplementary or additional help and support. ► NOUN (pl. auxiliaries) ▪ an auxiliary person or thing. ORIGIN Latin auxiliarius, from auxilium help …   English terms dictionary

  • auxiliary — /awg zil yeuh ree, zil euh /, adj., n., pl. auxiliaries. adj. 1. additional; supplementary; reserve: an auxiliary police force. 2. used as a substitute or reserve in case of need: The hospital has an auxiliary power system in case of a blackout.… …   Universalium

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