(Astron.), the algebraic or numerical expression of the magnitude of the inequalities in a planet's motion that remain after the inequalities of a short period have been allowed for.Secular games(Rom. Antiq.), games celebrated, at long but irregular intervals, for three days and nights, with sacrifices, theatrical shows, combats, sports, and the like.Secular music, any music or songs not adapted to sacred uses.Secular hymnor poem, a hymn or poem composed for the secular games, or sung or rehearsed at those games.

(Sec"u*lar), n.

1. (Eccl.) A secular ecclesiastic, or one not bound by monastic rules. Burke.

2. (Eccl.) A church official whose functions are confined to the vocal department of the choir. Busby.

3. A layman, as distinguished from a clergyman.

(Sec"u*lar*ism) n.

1. The state or quality of being secular; a secular spirit; secularity.

2. The tenets or principles of the secularists.

(Sec"u*lar*ist), n. One who theoretically rejects every form of religious faith, and every kind of religious worship, and accepts only the facts and influences which are derived from the present life; also, one who believes that education and other matters of civil policy should be managed without the introduction of a religious element.

(Sec`u*lar"i*ty) n. [Cf.F. sécularité, LL. saecularitas.] Supreme attention to the things of the present life; worldliness.

A secularity of character which makes Christianity and its principal doctrines distasteful or unintelligible.
I. Taylor.

(Sec`u*lar*i*za"tion) n. [Cf. F. sécularisation.] The act of rendering secular, or the state of being rendered secular; conversion from regular or monastic to secular; conversion from religious to lay or secular possession and uses; as, the secularization of church property.

(Sec"u*lar*ize) v. t. [imp. & p. p. Secularized ; p. pr. & vb. n. Secularizing ] [Cf. F. séculariser.]

1. To convert from regular or monastic into secular; as, to secularize a priest or a monk.

2. To convert from spiritual to secular or common use; as, to secularize a church, or church property.

At the Reformation the abbey was secularized.
W. Coxe.

3. To make worldly or unspiritual. Bp. Horsley.

(Sec"u*lar*ly), adv. In a secular or worldly manner.

(Sec"u*lar*ness), n. The quality or state of being secular; worldliness; worldly-mindedness.

(Se"cund) a. [L. secundus following the course or current of wind or water. See Second, a.] (Bot.) Arranged on one side only, as flowers or leaves on a stalk. Gray.

(Se*cun"date) v. t. [L. secundatus, p. p. of secundare to direct favorably.] To make prosperous. [R.]

Secular equation

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