## primes

Noun

- plural form of
*prime*

Verb

- third-person singular simple present indicative form of prime

*See also:*

**primés**

- In 1717 Abraham Sharp published in his Geometry Improv'd the Briggian logarithms of numbers from 1 to 100, and of
**primes**from 100 to 1100, to 61 places; these were copied into the later editions of Sherwin and other works. - To Napier seems to be due the first use of the decimal point in arithmetic. Decimal fractions were first introduced by Stevinus in his tract La Disme, published in 1585, but he used cumbrous exponents (numbers enclosed in circles) to distinguish the different denominations,
**primes**, seconds, thirds, &c. Thus, for example, he would have written 123.456 as 123@4050603. - (1) he saw that a point or separatrix was quite enough to separate integers from decimals, and that no signs to indicate
**primes**, seconds, &c., were required; (2) he used ciphers after the decimal point and preceding the first significant figure; and (3) he had no objection to a decimal standing by itself without any integer. - In the old times the grand-prince was simply
**primes**inter pares among the minor princes, and these lived with their boyars almost on a footing of equality. - The seventh article provided that bountied sugars (sucres
**primes**) must be excluded from import into the territories of the signatory powers, by absolute prohibition of entry or by levying thereon a special duty in excess of the amount of the bounties, from which duty sugars coming from the contracting countries, and not bountyfed, must be free.

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