What does primary mean?

Definitions for primary
ˈpraɪ mɛr i, -mə ripri·ma·ry

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. primary, primary electionnoun

    a preliminary election where delegates or nominees are chosen

  2. primary, primary feather, primary quillnoun

    one of the main flight feathers projecting along the outer edge of a bird's wing

  3. primarynoun

    (astronomy) a celestial body (especially a star) relative to other objects in orbit around it

  4. primary coil, primary winding, primaryadjective

    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"

  5. primaryadjective

    of first rank or importance or value; direct and immediate rather than secondary

    "primary goals"; "a primary effect"; "primary sources"; "a primary interest"

  6. primaryadjective

    not derived from or reducible to something else; basic

    "a primary instinct"

  7. chief(a), main(a), primary(a), principal(a), master(a)adjective

    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"

  8. elementary, elemental, primaryadjective

    of or being the essential or basic part

    "an elementary need for love and nurturing"

  9. basal, primaryadjective

    of primary importance

Wiktionary

  1. primarynoun

    A primary election; a preliminary election to select a political candidate of a political party.

    Etymology: From the primarius, from primus (“first”; whence the adjective prime) + -arius (whence the suffix -ary); compare the primaire, primer, and premier.

  2. primarynoun

    The first year of grade school.

    Etymology: From the primarius, from primus (“first”; whence the adjective prime) + -arius (whence the suffix -ary); compare the primaire, primer, and premier.

  3. primarynoun

    A base or fundamental component; something that is irreducible.

    Etymology: From the primarius, from primus (“first”; whence the adjective prime) + -arius (whence the suffix -ary); compare the primaire, primer, and premier.

  4. primarynoun

    The most massive component of a gravitationally bound system.

    Etymology: From the primarius, from primus (“first”; whence the adjective prime) + -arius (whence the suffix -ary); compare the primaire, primer, and premier.

  5. primarynoun

    A primary school.

    Etymology: From the primarius, from primus (“first”; whence the adjective prime) + -arius (whence the suffix -ary); compare the primaire, primer, and premier.

  6. primarynoun

    Any flight feather attached to the manus (hand) of a bird.

    Etymology: From the primarius, from primus (“first”; whence the adjective prime) + -arius (whence the suffix -ary); compare the primaire, primer, and premier.

  7. primarynoun

    A primary colour.

    Etymology: From the primarius, from primus (“first”; whence the adjective prime) + -arius (whence the suffix -ary); compare the primaire, primer, and premier.

  8. primarynoun

    A directly driven inductive coil, as in a transformer or induction motor that is magnetically coupled to a secondary

    Etymology: From the primarius, from primus (“first”; whence the adjective prime) + -arius (whence the suffix -ary); compare the primaire, primer, and premier.

  9. primaryverb

    To take part in a primary election

    Etymology: From the primarius, from primus (“first”; whence the adjective prime) + -arius (whence the suffix -ary); compare the primaire, primer, and premier.

  10. primaryadjective

    The first in a group or series.

    Children attend primary school, teenagers attend secondary school.

    Etymology: From the primarius, from primus (“first”; whence the adjective prime) + -arius (whence the suffix -ary); compare the primaire, primer, and premier.

  11. primaryadjective

    That which is placed ahead of others.

    Preferred stock has primary claim on dividends, ahead of common stock.

    Etymology: From the primarius, from primus (“first”; whence the adjective prime) + -arius (whence the suffix -ary); compare the primaire, primer, and premier.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Primaryadjective

    first in order of time or development or in intention; primitive; fundamental; original

    Etymology: [L. primarius, fr. primus first: cf. F. primaire. See Prime, a., and cf. Premier, Primero.]

  2. Primaryadjective

    first in order, as being preparatory to something higher; as, primary assemblies; primary schools

    Etymology: [L. primarius, fr. primus first: cf. F. primaire. See Prime, a., and cf. Premier, Primero.]

  3. Primaryadjective

    first in dignity or importance; chief; principal; as, primary planets; a matter of primary importance

    Etymology: [L. primarius, fr. primus first: cf. F. primaire. See Prime, a., and cf. Premier, Primero.]

  4. Primaryadjective

    earliest formed; fundamental

    Etymology: [L. primarius, fr. primus first: cf. F. primaire. See Prime, a., and cf. Premier, Primero.]

  5. Primaryadjective

    illustrating, possessing, or characterized by, some quality or property in the first degree; having undergone the first stage of substitution or replacement

    Etymology: [L. primarius, fr. primus first: cf. F. primaire. See Prime, a., and cf. Premier, Primero.]

  6. Primarynoun

    that which stands first in order, rank, or importance; a chief matter

    Etymology: [L. primarius, fr. primus first: cf. F. primaire. See Prime, a., and cf. Premier, Primero.]

  7. Primarynoun

    a primary meeting; a caucus

    Etymology: [L. primarius, fr. primus first: cf. F. primaire. See Prime, a., and cf. Premier, Primero.]

  8. Primarynoun

    one of the large feathers on the distal joint of a bird's wing. See Plumage, and Illust. of Bird

    Etymology: [L. primarius, fr. primus first: cf. F. primaire. See Prime, a., and cf. Premier, Primero.]

  9. Primarynoun

    a primary planet; the brighter component of a double star. See under Planet

    Etymology: [L. primarius, fr. primus first: cf. F. primaire. See Prime, a., and cf. Premier, Primero.]

Freebase

  1. Primary

    "Primary" is the only single from The Cure's third studio album Faith, released in 1981 on Fiction Records. It was the first song by The Cure to be remixed as a separate extended mix for release on 12" single. In fact, the original 12" extended mix is, to this day, still only available on the original 12" single, which has never been reproduced on any other album, making it quite a rare item. The main difference between the 7" mix, and 12" mix is that the extended mix lengthens the instrumental introductions to the song's verses.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Primary

    prī′mar-i, adj. first: original: chief: primitive: elementary, preparatory.—n. that which is highest in rank or importance: a planet in relation to its satellite or satellites.—adv. Prī′marily.—ns. Prī′mariness, the state of being first in time, act, or intention; Prī′mary-ac′cent, the accent immediately after a bar in music.—ns.pl. Prī′mary-col′ours, the colours obtained by passing the sun's rays through a prism: the colours of the rainbow—red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, and violet; Prī′mary-plan′ets, planets revolving round the sun—not satellites; Prī′mary-quills, the largest feathers of a bird's wing; Prī′mary-rocks, the rocks which seem to have been first formed and contain no animal remains, as granites, &c.

The Standard Electrical Dictionary

  1. Primary

    A term used to designate the inducing coil in an induction coil or transformer; it is probably an abbreviation for primary coil.

Editors Contribution

  1. primary

    A perfect, accurate and specific facet.

    Primary school is vital for every child.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 4, 2020  

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'primary' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1166

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'primary' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2105

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'primary' in Nouns Frequency: #3003

  4. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'primary' in Adjectives Frequency: #145

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of primary in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of primary in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of primary in a Sentence

  1. Collin Chan:

    If you don't have a plan [for risk retention] at this point, investors will be worried managers are going to go away, that is a primary driver of our 25% lower forecast next year.

  2. California President Janet Napolitano:

    A primary goal in our efforts at the University of California to prevent and respond to sexual violence and sexual assault has been to make sure law enforcement agencies are more fully engaged with us.

  3. Jonathan Felts:

    Both of them have suggested that President Trump doesn't really know who supported President Trump America First agenda, it appears their new strategy in a GOP primary is to insult President Trump. Good luck with that.

  4. Morgan Jackson:

    It's going to be a large personality field, the more candidates you get, it gets hard to get heard in the primary.

  5. John Richardson:

    We have to be sophisticated in how we approach this so that we don’t force any of our partners into an uncomfortable position where they have to make tradeoffs that are not in their best interest, we would hope to have an approach that would ... include us a primary partner but not necessarily to the exclusion of other partners in the region.

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