What does primary mean?

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

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. primary, primary election(noun)

    a preliminary election where delegates or nominees are chosen

  2. primary, primary feather, primary quill(noun)

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

  3. primary(noun)

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

  4. 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"

  5. primary(adj)

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

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

  6. primary(adj)

    not derived from or reducible to something else; basic

    "a primary instinct"

  7. 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"

  8. elementary, elemental, primary(adj)

    of or being the essential or basic part

    "an elementary need for love and nurturing"

  9. basal, primary(adj)

    of primary importance


  1. primary(Noun)

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

  2. primary(Noun)

    The first year of grade school.

  3. primary(Noun)

    A base or fundamental component; something that is irreducible.

  4. primary(Noun)

    The most massive component of a gravitationally bound system.

  5. primary(Noun)

    A primary school.

  6. primary(Noun)

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

  7. primary(Noun)

    A primary colour.

  8. primary(Noun)

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

  9. primary(Verb)

    To take part in a primary election

  10. primary(Adjective)

    The first in a group or series.

    Children attend primary school, teenagers attend secondary school.

  11. primary(Adjective)

    That which is placed ahead of others.

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

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

Webster Dictionary

  1. Primary(adj)

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

  2. Primary(adj)

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

  3. Primary(adj)

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

  4. Primary(adj)

    earliest formed; fundamental

  5. Primary(adj)

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

  6. Primary(noun)

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

  7. Primary(noun)

    a primary meeting; a caucus

  8. Primary(noun)

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

  9. Primary(noun)

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

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


  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.

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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  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. President Trump:

    Must have tough Primary!

  2. Alan Whone:

    The primary outcome was disappointing.

  3. Daniel Kalik:

    There is clearly a Sheldon Adelson primary.

  4. Ramana Pemmaraju:

    Make NOW the primary focus of your life!”

  5. Special Agent Strzok:

    Which party primary did you vote in in 2016 ?

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