adjective

- An example of an adjective using prime is prime time, a television show on at 8pm.
- An example of an adjective using prime is prime seating, front row center seats at a concert.
- An example of an adjective using prime is prime aging, the best cut of beef.

The definition of prime is someone or something first in time, importance, quality or rank.

## prime

- first in time; original; primitive; primary
- first in rank or authority; chief: the
*prime*minister - first in importance or value; principal; main: a
*prime*advantage - first in quality; of the highest excellence:
*prime*beef - from which others are derived; fundamental; basic
- Math.
- of or being a prime number
- having no factor in common except 1: 9 and 16 are
*prime*to each other

Origin of prime

Middle English ; from Middle French ; from Classical Latin*primus*, first ; from Old Latin

*pri*, before ; from Indo-European base an unverified form

*per-*, beyond from source far, first

- R.C.Ch. a part of the Divine Office orig. assigned to the first hour of daylight (in the Liturgy of the Hours, both Lauds and Prime have been replaced by Morning Prayer)
- the first hour of the daylight, conventionally taken to begin about 6
- the earliest part of something; beginning

- springtime
- the springtime of life; youth

- the best, most vigorous, or most fully mature period or stage of a person or thing: a soprano in her
*prime* - the best part of anything
- the best of several or many; pick; cream

- the best, most vigorous, or most fully mature period or stage of a person or thing: a soprano in her
- a symbol () used
- to distinguish between different values of the same variable
- to distinguish a letter, number, or other character from another of the same kind, as A
- for certain units of measure, as feet or minutes of arc

- Math. prime number
- Music unison

Origin of prime

ME < OE*prim*< L

*prima*(

*hora*), first (hour): see primethe

primed, prim′ing

- to make ready; prepare: a team
*primed*for a game - to prepare (a gun) for firing or (a charge) for exploding by providing with priming or a primer
- to get (a pump) into operation by pouring in water until the suction is established
- to get (a carburetor, etc.) into operation by adding extra fuel

- to undercoat, size, etc. (a surface) in preparation as for painting
- to provide (a person) beforehand with information, answers, etc.

- to prime a person or thing
- to let a spray of water mix with the steam forced into the cylinder, as of a steam engine

## prime

adjective

- First or highest in rank or importance; main:
*Our prime consideration is for the children's safety.*See Synonyms at chief. See Usage Note at perfect. **a.**Highest in quality; excellent:*prime real estate; prime cuts of beef.***b.**Being the most desired or suitable example of something:*a prime candidate for the study.*- First or early in time, order, or sequence:
*the prime action of the drug.* -
*Mathematics*Of, relating to, or being a prime number.

noun

**a.**The period of greatest physical and mental robustness:*athletes in the prime of their lives.***b.**The period of best performance or peak activity:*This car is definitely past its prime.*See Synonyms at**bloom**^{1}.-
*Mathematics*A prime number. - The prime rate.
- A mark (&minute;) appended above and to the right of a character, especially:
**a.**One used to distinguish different values of the same variable in a mathematical expression.**b.**One used to represent a unit of measurement, such as feet or minutes in latitude and longitude. - also
**Prime***Ecclesiastical***a.**The second of the seven canonical hours. No longer in liturgical use.**b.**The time appointed for this service, the first hour of the day or 6 AM. -
*Linguistics*See primitive. - The first position of thrust and parry in fencing.

verb

**primed**,

**prim·ing**,

**primes**

verb

, transitive- To make ready; prepare:
*guard dogs primed for attack.* - To prepare (a gun or mine) for firing by inserting a charge of gunpowder or a primer.
- To prepare for operation, as by pouring water into a pump or gasoline into a carburetor.
- To prepare (a surface) for painting by covering with size, primer, or an undercoat.
- To inform or instruct beforehand; coach.

verb

, intransitive To become prepared for future action or operation.

Origin of prime

Middle English,*first in occurrence*, from Old French, feminine of

*prin*, from Latin

*pr&imacron;mus*; see

*per*

^{1}in Indo-European roots. Noun, sense 5, from Middle English, from Old English

*pr&imacron;m*, from Late Latin

*pr&imacron;ma (h&omacron;ra)*,

*first (hour)*, from Latin, feminine of

*pr&imacron;mus*.

*Related Forms:*

**prime′ly**adverb

**prime′ness**noun

## prime

Adjective

(*not comparable*)

- First in importance, degree, or rank.
*Our prime concern here is to keep the community safe.*

- First in time, order, or sequence
*Both the English and French governments established prime meridians in their capitals.*

- First in excellence, quality, or value.
*This is a prime location for a bookstore.*

- (mathematics, lay) Having exactly two integral factors: itself and unity (1 in the case of integers).
*Thirteen is a prime number.*

- (mathematics, technical) Such that if it divides a product, it divides one of the multiplicands.
- (mathematics) Having its complement closed under multiplication: said only of ideals.
- Marked or distinguished by the
**prime**symbol. - Early; blooming; being in the first stage.

Noun

(*plural* primes)

- (Christianity, historical) One of the daily offices of prayer of the Western Church, associated with the early morning (typically 6 a.m.).
- (now rare) The earliest stage of something.
- The most active, thriving, or successful stage or period.
- The chief or best individual or part.
- (music) The first note or tone of a musical scale.
- (fencing) The first defensive position, with the sword hand held at head height, and the tip of the sword at head height.
- (algebra, number theory) A prime element of a mathematical structure, particularly a prime number.
*3 is a prime.*

- (card games) A four-card hand containing one card of each suit in the game of primero; the opposite of a flush in poker.
- (backgammon) Six consecutive blocks, which prevent the opponent's pieces from passing.
*I'm threatening to build a prime here.*

- The symbol "²
- An inch, as composed of twelve seconds in the duodecimal system.

Origin

From Old French *prime*, from Latin *primus* (“first"), from Old Latin *pri* (“before"), from Proto-Indo-European **per-* (“beyond, before").

Verb

(*third-person singular simple present* primes, *present participle* priming, *simple past and past participle* primed)

- To prepare a mechanism for its main work.
*You'll have to press this button twice to prime the fuel pump.*

- To apply a coat of primer paint to.
*I need to prime these handrails before we can apply the finish coat.*

- (intransitive) To serve as priming for the charge of a gun.
- (intransitive, of a steam boiler) To work so that foaming occurs from too violent ebullition, which causes water to become mixed with, and be carried along with, the steam that is formed.
- To apply priming to (a musket or cannon); to apply a primer to (a metallic cartridge).
- To prepare; to make ready; to instruct beforehand; to coach.
*to prime a witness**The boys are primed for mischief.*

- (mathematics) To mark with a prime mark.

Origin

Origin uncertain; perhaps related to primage.

## prime - Computer Definition

See prime number.