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Definition of Auxiliary
AuxiliaryAuxiliary 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. AuxiliaryAuxiliary 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
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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