Definitions for primepraɪm

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

primepraɪm(adj.; n.; v.)primed, prim•ing.

  1. (adj.)of the first importance:

    a prime requisite.

  2. of the greatest relevance or significance:

    a prime example.

  3. of the highest eminence or rank:

    a prime authority on Chaucer.

  4. of the greatest commercial value:

    prime building lots.

  5. first-rate.

  6. (of meat) of the highest grade or best quality:

    prime ribs of beef.

    Category: Cooking

  7. first in order of time, existence, or development.

  8. basic; fundamental:

    a prime axiom.

  9. (of any two or more numbers) having no common divisor except unity:

    The number 2 is prime to 9.

    Category: Math

  10. (n.)the most flourishing stage or state.

  11. the time of early manhood or womanhood:

    the prime of youth.

    Category: Developmental Biology

  12. the period of greatest vigor of human life:

    a man in his prime.

  13. the choicest or best part of anything.

  14. the earliest stage of any period.

  15. the spring of the year.

  16. the hour following sunrise.

  17. Category: Banking, Business

    Ref: prime rate.

  18. the second of the seven canonical hours or the service for it, orig. fixed for the first hour of the day.

    Category: Religion

  19. Math. one of the equal parts into which a unit is primarily divided. the mark (~) indicating such a division:

    a, a~.

    Category: Math

    Ref: prime number.

  20. Music. (in a scale) the tonic or keynote.

    Category: Music and Dance

  21. any basic, indivisible unit used in linguistic analysis.

    Category: Language/Linguistics

  22. (v.t.)to prepare for a particular purpose or operation.

  23. to supply (a firearm) with powder for igniting a charge.

  24. to pour or admit liquid into (a pump) to expel air and prepare for action.

    Category: Hydraulogy

  25. to put fuel into (a carburetor) before starting an engine, in order to insure a sufficiently rich mixture at the start.

    Category: Automotive

  26. to cover (a surface) with an undercoat of paint or the like.

  27. to supply with needed information, facts, etc.

  28. (v.i.)to harvest the bottom leaves from a tobacco plant.

    Category: Common Vocabulary

Idioms for prime:

  1. prime the pump, to increase government expenditure in an effort to stimulate the economy. to support or promote the operation or improvement of something.

    Category: Idiom

Origin of prime:

bef. 1000; (adj.) ME (< OF prim) < L prīmusfirst (superl. corresponding to priorprior1); (n.) in part der. of the adj., in part continuing ME prim(e) first canonical hour, OE prim < L prīma(hōra) first (hour)


Princeton's WordNet

  1. prime, prime quantity(noun)

    a number that has no factor but itself and 1

  2. flower, prime, peak, heyday, bloom, blossom, efflorescence, flush(noun)

    the period of greatest prosperity or productivity

  3. prime(noun)

    the second canonical hour; about 6 a.m.

  4. prime, prime of life(adj)

    the time of maturity when power and vigor are greatest

  5. premier(a), prime(a)(adj)

    first in rank or degree

    "an architect of premier rank"; "the prime minister"

  6. prime(a)(adj)

    used of the first or originating agent

    "prime mover"

  7. choice, prime(a), prize, quality, select(adj)

    of superior grade

    "choice wines"; "prime beef"; "prize carnations"; "quality paper"; "select peaches"

  8. prime(adj)

    of or relating to or being an integer that cannot be factored into other integers

    "prime number"

  9. prime, meridian(verb)

    being at the best stage of development

    "our manhood's prime vigor"- Robert Browning

  10. prime(verb)

    insert a primer into (a gun, mine, or charge) preparatory to detonation or firing

    "prime a cannon"; "prime a mine"

  11. prime, ground, undercoat(verb)

    cover with a primer; apply a primer to

  12. prime(verb)

    fill with priming liquid

    "prime a car engine"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. prime(adjective)ɪm


    our prime responsibilities; the prime suspect in the case

  2. primeɪm

    of the highest quality

    prime real estate

Webster Dictionary

  1. Prime(adj)

    first in order of time; original; primeval; primitive; primary

  2. Prime(adj)

    first in rank, degree, dignity, authority, or importance; as, prime minister

  3. Prime(adj)

    first in excellence; of highest quality; as, prime wheat; a prime quality of cloth

  4. Prime(adj)

    early; blooming; being in the first stage

  5. Prime(adj)

    lecherous; lustful; lewd

  6. Prime(adj)

    marked or distinguished by a mark (') called a prime mark

  7. Prime(noun)

    the first part; the earliest stage; the beginning or opening, as of the day, the year, etc.; hence, the dawn; the spring

  8. Prime(noun)

    the spring of life; youth; hence, full health, strength, or beauty; perfection

  9. Prime(noun)

    that which is first in quantity; the most excellent portion; the best part

  10. Prime(adj)

    the morning; specifically (R. C. Ch.), the first canonical hour, succeeding to lauds

  11. Prime(adj)

    the first of the chief guards

  12. Prime(adj)

    any number expressing the combining weight or equivalent of any particular element; -- so called because these numbers were respectively reduced to their lowest relative terms on the fixed standard of hydrogen as 1

  13. Prime(adj)

    a prime number. See under Prime, a

  14. Prime(adj)

    an inch, as composed of twelve seconds in the duodecimal system; -- denoted by [']. See 2d Inch, n., 1

  15. Prime(adj)

    to apply priming to, as a musket or a cannon; to apply a primer to, as a metallic cartridge

  16. Prime(adj)

    to lay the first color, coating, or preparation upon (a surface), as in painting; as, to prime a canvas, a wall

  17. Prime(adj)

    to prepare; to make ready; to instruct beforehand; to post; to coach; as, to prime a witness; the boys are primed for mischief

  18. Prime(adj)

    to trim or prune, as trees

  19. Prime(adj)

    to mark with a prime mark

  20. Prime(verb)

    to be renewed, or as at first

  21. Prime(verb)

    to serve as priming for the charge of a gun

  22. Prime(verb)

    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; -- said of a steam boiler


  1. Prime

    Prime is a 2005 American romantic comedy film starring Uma Thurman, Meryl Streep and Bryan Greenberg. It was written and directed by Ben Younger. The film grossed $67,937,503 worldwide.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'prime' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #789

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'prime' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2061

  3. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'prime' in Adjectives Frequency: #95

Translations for prime

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


first or most important

the prime minister; a matter of prime importance.

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