Definitions for primepraɪm
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Random House Webster's College Dictionary
primepraɪm(adj.; n.; v.)primed, prim•ing.
(adj.)of the first importance:
a prime requisite.
of the greatest relevance or significance:
a prime example.
of the highest eminence or rank:
a prime authority on Chaucer.
of the greatest commercial value:
prime building lots.
(of meat) of the highest grade or best quality:
prime ribs of beef.
first in order of time, existence, or development.
a prime axiom.
(of any two or more numbers) having no common divisor except unity:
The number 2 is prime to 9.
(n.)the most flourishing stage or state.
the time of early manhood or womanhood:
the prime of youth.
Category: Developmental Biology
the period of greatest vigor of human life:
a man in his prime.
the choicest or best part of anything.
the earliest stage of any period.
the spring of the year.
the hour following sunrise.
Category: Banking, Business
Ref: prime rate.
the second of the seven canonical hours or the service for it, orig. fixed for the first hour of the day.
Math. one of the equal parts into which a unit is primarily divided. the mark (~) indicating such a division:
Ref: prime number.
Music. (in a scale) the tonic or keynote.
Category: Music and Dance
any basic, indivisible unit used in linguistic analysis.
(v.t.)to prepare for a particular purpose or operation.
to supply (a firearm) with powder for igniting a charge.
to pour or admit liquid into (a pump) to expel air and prepare for action.
to put fuel into (a carburetor) before starting an engine, in order to insure a sufficiently rich mixture at the start.
to cover (a surface) with an undercoat of paint or the like.
to supply with needed information, facts, etc.
(v.i.)to harvest the bottom leaves from a tobacco plant.
Category: Common Vocabulary
Idioms for prime:
prime the pump, to increase government expenditure in an effort to stimulate the economy. to support or promote the operation or improvement of something.
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)
prime, prime quantity(noun)
a number that has no factor but itself and 1
flower, prime, peak, heyday, bloom, blossom, efflorescence, flush(noun)
the period of greatest prosperity or productivity
the second canonical hour; about 6 a.m.
prime, prime of life(adj)
the time of maturity when power and vigor are greatest
first in rank or degree
"an architect of premier rank"; "the prime minister"
used of the first or originating agent
choice, prime(a), prize, quality, select(adj)
of superior grade
"choice wines"; "prime beef"; "prize carnations"; "quality paper"; "select peaches"
of or relating to or being an integer that cannot be factored into other integers
being at the best stage of development
"our manhood's prime vigor"- Robert Browning
insert a primer into (a gun, mine, or charge) preparatory to detonation or firing
"prime a cannon"; "prime a mine"
prime, ground, undercoat(verb)
cover with a primer; apply a primer to
fill with priming liquid
"prime a car engine"
Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary
our prime responsibilities; the prime suspect in the case
of the highest quality
prime real estate
first in order of time; original; primeval; primitive; primary
first in rank, degree, dignity, authority, or importance; as, prime minister
first in excellence; of highest quality; as, prime wheat; a prime quality of cloth
early; blooming; being in the first stage
lecherous; lustful; lewd
marked or distinguished by a mark (') called a prime mark
the first part; the earliest stage; the beginning or opening, as of the day, the year, etc.; hence, the dawn; the spring
the spring of life; youth; hence, full health, strength, or beauty; perfection
that which is first in quantity; the most excellent portion; the best part
the morning; specifically (R. C. Ch.), the first canonical hour, succeeding to lauds
the first of the chief guards
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
a prime number. See under Prime, a
an inch, as composed of twelve seconds in the duodecimal system; -- denoted by [']. See 2d Inch, n., 1
to apply priming to, as a musket or a cannon; to apply a primer to, as a metallic cartridge
to lay the first color, coating, or preparation upon (a surface), as in painting; as, to prime a canvas, a wall
to prepare; to make ready; to instruct beforehand; to post; to coach; as, to prime a witness; the boys are primed for mischief
to trim or prune, as trees
to mark with a prime mark
to be renewed, or as at first
to serve as priming for the charge of a gun
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
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.
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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.
- اوَّل، أهَم، رَئيسيArabic
- primeiroPortuguese (BR)
- první; nejdůležitějšíCzech
- vigtigst; første-; højestDanish
- πρώτος, πρώτιστος, πρωταρχικόςGreek
- primer, primeroSpanish
- pea-, esmaneEstonian
- اولیه؛ اصلیFarsi
- मुख्य, प्रधानHindi
- pertama, utamaIndonesian
- megin-, aðal-Icelandic
- primo, primarioItalian
- 가장 중요한Korean
- pirmutinis, svarbiausiasLithuanian
- pirmais; galvenaisLatvian
- perdana; utamaMalay
- hoved-, viktigst, primærNorwegian
- pierwszy, pierwszorzędnyPolish
- اولیه؛ اصلیPersian
- первый, главныйRussian
- prvý; najdôležitejšíSlovak
- främsta, viktigast, huvud-, premiär-Swedish
- asıl, esasTurkish
- 重要的Chinese (Trad.)
- اعلي، اعظمUrdu
- chủ yếu; hàng đầuVietnamese
- 重要的Chinese (Simp.)
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