# Definitions for **prime**praɪm

### This page provides all possible meanings and translations of the word **prime**

### 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.

first-rate.

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

prime ribs of beef.

**Category:**Cookingfirst in order of time, existence, or development.

basic; fundamental:

a prime axiom.

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

The number 2 is prime to 9.

**Category:**Math(n.)the most flourishing stage or state.

the time of early manhood or womanhood:

the prime of youth.

**Category:**Developmental Biologythe 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.

**Category:**ReligionMath. 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.Music. (in a scale) the tonic or keynote.

**Category:**Music and Danceany basic, indivisible unit used in linguistic analysis.

**Category:**Language/Linguistics(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.

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

**Category:**Automotiveto 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.

**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)

prime′ness(n.)

### Princeton's WordNet

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

prime(noun)

the second canonical hour; about 6 a.m.

prime, prime of life(adj)

the time of maturity when power and vigor are greatest

premier(a), prime(a)(adj)

first in rank or degree

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

prime(a)(adj)

used of the first or originating agent

"prime mover"

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

of superior grade

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

prime(adj)

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

"prime number"

prime, meridian(verb)

being at the best stage of development

"our manhood's prime vigor"- Robert Browning

prime(verb)

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

prime(verb)

fill with priming liquid

"prime a car engine"

### Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

prime(adjective)ɪm

main

our prime responsibilities; the prime suspect in the case

primeɪm

of the highest quality

prime real estate

### Webster Dictionary

Prime(adj)

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

Prime(adj)

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

Prime(adj)

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

Prime(adj)

early; blooming; being in the first stage

Prime(adj)

lecherous; lustful; lewd

Prime(adj)

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

Prime(noun)

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

Prime(noun)

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

Prime(noun)

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

Prime(adj)

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

Prime(adj)

the first of the chief guards

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

Prime(adj)

a prime number. See under Prime, a

Prime(adj)

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

Prime(adj)

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

Prime(adj)

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

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

Prime(adj)

to trim or prune, as trees

Prime(adj)

to mark with a prime mark

Prime(verb)

to be renewed, or as at first

Prime(verb)

to serve as priming for the charge of a gun

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

### Freebase

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

Spoken Corpus Frequency

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

Written Corpus Frequency

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

Adjectives Frequency

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

# Translations for **prime**

### Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

- grootAfrikaans
- اوَّل، أهَم، رَئيسيArabic
- първоначаленBulgarian
- primeiroPortuguese (BR)
- první; nejdůležitějšíCzech
- wichtigstGerman
- vigtigst; første-; højestDanish
- πρώτος, πρώτιστος, πρωταρχικόςGreek
- primer, primeroSpanish
- pea-, esmaneEstonian
- اولیه؛ اصلیFarsi
- pää-Finnish
- premierFrench
- עִיקָרִיHebrew
- मुख्य, प्रधानHindi
- első(rendű)Hungarian
- pertama, utamaIndonesian
- megin-, aðal-Icelandic
- primo, primarioItalian
- 第一のJapanese
- 가장 중요한Korean
- pirmutinis, svarbiausiasLithuanian
- pirmais; galvenaisLatvian
- perdana; utamaMalay
- eerstDutch
- hoved-, viktigst, primærNorwegian
- pierwszy, pierwszorzędnyPolish
- اولیه؛ اصلیPersian
- لومړنى،اصليPashto
- primeiroPortuguese
- primRomanian
- первый, главныйRussian
- prvý; najdôležitejšíSlovak
- prviSlovenian
- glavniSerbian
- främsta, viktigast, huvud-, premiär-Swedish
- ที่มาลำดับแรกThai
- asıl, esasTurkish
- 重要的Chinese (Trad.)
- головнийUkrainian
- اعلي، اعظمUrdu
- chủ yếu; hàng đầuVietnamese
- 重要的Chinese (Simp.)

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