- The definition of primary is something that is the most important, among the most important, something that comes early in development or that is original and not derived from something else.
- An example of primary is the main reason why you choose to have a baby.
- An example of primary is the first stage in a child's development.
- An example of primary is a color, such as blue, that cannot be made by mixing other colors.
- An example of primary is an original research study on a subject, rather than a summary of that study.
- Primary is defined as a special election that is used to choose candidates from among a political party for a more major election.
An example of a primary is when the Republicans hold an election to choose which member of their party will run for president.
- first in time or order of development; primitive; original; earliest
- from which others are derived; fundamental; elemental; basic
- designating colors regarded as basic, or as those from which all others may be derived: classification of colors as primary varies
- of or in the first stage of a sequence; elementary: primary school
- first in importance; chief; principal; main: a primary concern
- firsthand; direct: a primary source of information
- characterized by or resulting from the replacement of one atom or radical
- characterized by groups or radicals that are attached to the end carbon atom of a chain, i.e., to a CH group (Ex.: primary alcohols, CHOH; primary amines, CHNH)
- Elec. designating or of an inducing current, input circuit, or input coil in a transformer, induction coil, etc.
- formed directly by sedimentation, solidification, or precipitation and not subsequently altered: said of rocks
- Obsolete designating or of the earliest geological periods, up through the Paleozoic Era
- Linguis. having as its fundamental form a base or other element that cannot be broken down: said of derivation
- Med. designating or having to do with the initial medical care given to a patient, before referral to another doctor, a specialist, etc.
- Zool. designating or of the large, stiff feathers on the last section, or hand, of a bird's wing
Origin: Middle English prymary from Classical Latin primarius from primus, first: see prime
- something first in order, quality, importance, etc.
- ☆ in the U.S.,
- a local meeting of voters of a given political party to nominate candidates for public office, select delegates to a convention, etc.
- direct primary election
- any of the primary colors
- a sun, planet, etc. in relation to its satellites
- the brighter member of a binary star
- Elec. a primary coil
- Zool. a primary feather
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- First or highest in rank, quality, or importance; principal.
- Being or standing first in a list, series, or sequence.
- Occurring first in time or sequence; earliest.
- Being or existing as the first or earliest of a kind; primitive.
- Geology Characteristic of or existing in a rock at the time of its formation.
- Serving as or being an essential component, as of a system; basic. See Synonyms at chief.
- a. Immediate; direct: a primary effect; a primary information source.b. Preliminary to a later stage in a continuing process: primary training.c. Of or relating to a primary school: the primary grades.
- Of or relating to a primary color or colors.
- Linguistics a. Having a word root or other linguistic element as a basis that cannot be further analyzed or broken down. Used of the derivation of a word or word element.b. Referring to present or future time. Used as a collective designation for various present and future verb tenses in Latin, Greek, and Sanskrit.
- Electronics Of, relating to, or constituting an inducting current, circuit, or coil.
- Of, relating to, or designating the main flight feathers projecting along the outer edge of a bird's wing.
- Of or relating to agriculture, forestry, the industries that extract natural materials from the earth, or the products so obtained: a primary commodity.
- Chemistry a. Relating to the replacement of one of several atoms or radicals in a compound by another atom or radical.b. Having a carbon atom attached solely to one other carbon atom in a molecule.
- Botany Of, relating to, or derived from a primary meristem.
- a. One that is first in time, order, or sequence.b. One that is first or best in degree, quality, or importance.c. One that is fundamental, basic, or elemental.
- a. A meeting of the registered voters of a political party for the purpose of nominating candidates and for choosing delegates to their party convention.b. A preliminary election in which the registered voters of a political party nominate candidates for office.
- A primary color.
- A primary flight feather.
- Electronics An inducting current, circuit, or coil.
- Astronomy a. A celestial body, especially a star, relative to other bodies in orbit around it.b. The brighter of two stars that make up a double star.
Origin: Middle English, from Latin prīmārius, chief, from prīmus, first; see per1 in Indo-European roots.
primary - Medical Definition
- Being first or highest in importance; principal.
- Occurring first in time or sequence; earliest.
- Preliminary to a later stage of development; primordial; embryonic.
- Immediate; direct.
- Of, relating to, or being a sequence of amino acids in a protein.
primary - Science Definition
- Relating to a primary color.
- Relating to plant tissues or growth derived from the apical meristem in the tips of roots and shoots, whose cells divide and elongate to cause the plant to grow lengthwise.
- a. Relating to or having a carbon atom that is attached to only one other carbon atom in a molecule.b. Relating to an organic molecule, such as an alcohol, in which the functional group is attached to a primary carbon. A primary alcohol, for example, has the hydroxyl (OH) group attached to the last carbon in a chain.
- a. Arising first and spontaneously, as a disease, disorder, or tumor, and not as a result of a known medical condition or injury.b. Relating to the first set of teeth that develops in humans.
- Relating to the initial medical care given by a healthcare provider to a patient, especially in a setting of ambulatory, continuous care, and sometimes followed by referral to other medical providers. Compare secondary, tertiary.
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