Definitions for Primaryˈpraɪ mɛr i, -mə ri
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
pri•ma•ryˈpraɪ mɛr i, -mə ri(adj.; n.)(pl.)-ries.
(adj.)first in rank or importance; chief:
one's primary goal in life.
first in order in any series, sequence, etc.
first in time; earliest.
of or pertaining to primary school:
the primary grades.
being of the simplest or most basic order of its or their kind:
a primary constituent; a primary classification.
immediate or direct; not involving intermediate agency:
pertaining to any of the set of flight feathers situated on the outermost segment of a bird's wing.
noting or pertaining to the circuit, coil, winding, or current that induces electric current in secondary windings in an induction coil, transformer, or the like.
Category: Electricity and Magnetism
Chem. involving or obtained by replacement of one atom or group. noting or containing a carbon atom united to no other or to only one other carbon atom in a molecule.
Gram. (of a derivative) having a root or other unanalyzable element as the underlying form. (of Latin, Greek, or Sanskrit tenses) having reference to present or future time.
Ref: Compare secondary (def. 7). 9 3
(n.)something that is first in order or importance.
a preliminary election in which voters of each political party nominate candidates for office, party officers, etc. a local meeting of party members to select candidates or delegates; caucus.
Ref: primary color.
a primary feather.
a body in relation to a smaller body or smaller bodies revolving around it, as a planet in relation to its satellites. the brighter of the two stars comprising a double star.
Ref: Compare companion1 (def. 7). 1 6
Origin of primary:
1425–75; late ME < L prīmārius of the first rank. See prime , -ary
primary, primary election(noun)
a preliminary election where delegates or nominees are chosen
primary, primary feather, primary quill(noun)
one of the main flight feathers projecting along the outer edge of a bird's wing
(astronomy) a celestial body (especially a star) relative to other objects in orbit around it
primary coil, primary winding, primary(adj)
coil forming the part of an electrical circuit such that changing current in it induces a current in a neighboring circuit
"current through the primary coil induces current in the secondary coil"
of first rank or importance or value; direct and immediate rather than secondary
"primary goals"; "a primary effect"; "primary sources"; "a primary interest"
not derived from or reducible to something else; basic
"a primary instinct"
chief(a), main(a), primary(a), principal(a), master(a)(adj)
most important element
"the chief aim of living"; "the main doors were of solid glass"; "the principal rivers of America"; "the principal example"; "policemen were primary targets"; "the master bedroom"; "a master switch"
elementary, elemental, primary(adj)
of or being the essential or basic part
"an elementary need for love and nurturing"
of primary importance
Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary
primary(adjective)ˈpraɪ mɛr i, -mə ri
main or most important
the primary reason for childhood obesity
primaryˈpraɪ mɛr i, -mə ri
first or initial
a primary tumor
A primary election; a preliminary election to select a political candidate of a political party.
The first year of grade school.
A base or fundamental component; something that is irreducible.
The most massive component of a gravitationally bound system.
A primary school.
Any flight feather attached to the manus (hand) of a bird.
A primary colour.
A directly driven inductive coil, as in a transformer or induction motor that is magnetically coupled to a secondary
To take part in a primary election
The first in a group or series.
Children attend primary school, teenagers attend secondary school.
That which is placed ahead of others.
Preferred stock has primary claim on dividends, ahead of common stock.
Origin: From the primarius, from primus (“first”; whence the adjective prime) + -arius (whence the suffix -ary); compare the primaire, primer, and premier.
first in order of time or development or in intention; primitive; fundamental; original
first in order, as being preparatory to something higher; as, primary assemblies; primary schools
first in dignity or importance; chief; principal; as, primary planets; a matter of primary importance
earliest formed; fundamental
illustrating, possessing, or characterized by, some quality or property in the first degree; having undergone the first stage of substitution or replacement
that which stands first in order, rank, or importance; a chief matter
a primary meeting; a caucus
one of the large feathers on the distal joint of a bird's wing. See Plumage, and Illust. of Bird
a primary planet; the brighter component of a double star. See under Planet
The Standard Electrical Dictionary
A term used to designate the inducing coil in an induction coil or transformer; it is probably an abbreviation for primary coil.
Translations for Primary
Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary
first or most important
his primary concern.
- الأوَّ��، الأهَمArabic
- principalPortuguese (BR)
- اصلی؛ اولیهFarsi
- आदिम, आदिHindi
- (leg)első, fő, elsődlegesHungarian
- fyrstur, megin-Icelandic
- galvenais; svarīgākaisLatvian
- først, opprinnelig, hoved-Norwegian
- اصلی؛ اولیهPersian
- لومړنى، اصلىPashto
- первостепенный, главныйRussian
- primär, förstaSwedish
- asıl, esasTurkish
- 主要的Chinese (Trad.)
- основний; найважливішийUkrainian
- اہم ترين، اولينUrdu
- chủ yếu; hàng đầuVietnamese
- 主要的Chinese (Simp.)
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