- the act of a person or thing that primes
- the explosive used to set off the charge in a gun or in blasting
- primer (sense )
- The act of one that primes.
- The explosive used to ignite a charge.
- A preliminary coat of paint or size applied to a surface.
- (psychology) The implicit memory effect in which exposure to a stimulus influences response to a subsequent stimulus.
- A substance used as a primer.
- The powder or other combustible used to communicate fire to a charge of gunpowder, as in a firearm.
- The first coating of colour, size, etc. laid on canvas, or on a building or other surface.
- The carrying over of water, with the steam, from the boiler, as into the cylinder.
- Present participle of prime.
Variant of 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
- of or being a prime number
- having no factor in common except 1: 9 and 16 are prime to each other
Origin of primeMiddle 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 assigned to the first hour of daylight (in the Liturgy of the Hours, both Lauds and Prime have been replaced by Morning Prayer)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 a.m.
- the earliest part of something; beginning
- 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
- 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 primeME < OE prim < L prima (hora), first (hour): see primethe
transitive verbprimed, priming
- 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