### What does **prime** mean?

# Definitions for **prime**

praɪmprime

#### Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word **prime**.

### 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"

### Webster Dictionary

Prime(adj)

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

**Etymology:**[From Prime, a.]Prime(adj)

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

**Etymology:**[From Prime, a.]Prime(adj)

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

**Etymology:**[From Prime, a.]Prime(adj)

early; blooming; being in the first stage

**Etymology:**[From Prime, a.]Prime(adj)

lecherous; lustful; lewd

**Etymology:**[From Prime, a.]Prime(adj)

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

**Etymology:**[From Prime, a.]Prime(noun)

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

**Etymology:**[From Prime, a.]Prime(noun)

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

**Etymology:**[From Prime, a.]Prime(noun)

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

**Etymology:**[From Prime, a.]Prime(adj)

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

**Etymology:**[From Prime, a.]Prime(adj)

the first of the chief guards

**Etymology:**[From Prime, a.]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

**Etymology:**[From Prime, a.]Prime(adj)

a prime number. See under Prime, a

**Etymology:**[From Prime, a.]Prime(adj)

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

**Etymology:**[From Prime, a.]Prime(adj)

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

**Etymology:**[From Prime, a.]Prime(adj)

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

**Etymology:**[From Prime, a.]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

**Etymology:**[From Prime, a.]Prime(adj)

to trim or prune, as trees

**Etymology:**[From Prime, a.]Prime(adj)

to mark with a prime mark

**Etymology:**[From Prime, a.]Prime(verb)

to be renewed, or as at first

**Etymology:**[From Prime, a.]Prime(verb)

to serve as priming for the charge of a gun

**Etymology:**[From Prime, a.]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

**Etymology:**[From Prime, a.]

### 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.

### Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

Prime

prīm,

*adj.*first in order of time, rank, or importance: chief: excellent: original: early: in early manhood: (*Shak.*) eager, bold: (*math.*) incapable of being separated into factors.—*n.*the beginning: the dawn: the spring: the best part: the height of perfection: full health and strength: a religious service during the first hour after sunrise: (*fencing*) the first guard against sword-thrusts, also the first and simplest thrust.—*adj.***Prī′mal**, first: original: chief.—*n.***Primal′ity**.—*adv.***Prime′ly**.—*ns.***Prime′-min′ister**, the chief minister of state;**Prime′-mov′er**, the force which puts a machine in motion: a steam-engine or a water-wheel;**Prime′ness**;**Prime′-num′ber**, a first number—i.e. one divisible only by itself or unity.—**Prime cost**(see**Cost**). [L.*prīmus*(for*pro-i-mus*).]Prime

prīm,

*v.t.*to put powder on the nipple of a firearm: to lay on the first coating of colour: to instruct or prepare beforehand.—*v.i.*to serve for the charge of a gun: in the steam-engine, to carry over hot water with the steam from the boiler into the cylinder.—*ns.***Prī′mer**;**Prī′ming**;**Prī′ming-pow′der**, detonating powder: train of powder connecting a fuse with a charge. [*Prime*(adj.).]

### Dictionary of Nautical Terms

prime

The fore part of the artificial day; that is, the first quarter after sunrise.

### Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

prime

To charge with the powder, percussion-cap, or other device for communicating fire to the charge, as a fire-arm.

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### 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

### Numerology

Chaldean Numerology

The numerical value of prime in Chaldean Numerology is:

**2**Pythagorean Numerology

The numerical value of prime in Pythagorean Numerology is:

**7**

### Examples of prime in a Sentence

The breakthrough at the WTO could not have been possible without the direct and personal engagement of

**Prime**Minister Modi and President Obama.Resignation honors lists are always risky, the purpose of them is very personal. There's the extent to which the ex-

**prime**minister's friends are going to be at a huge advantage over those who were of less importance and less value.The new

**prime**minister would fit almost perfectly in the Democratic Party alongside the American president.Two people that I like very much, the president of Mexico,

**prime**minister of Canada, they called up, they said, can we negotiate? I said, 'yes, we can renegotiate,'.These negotiations are at an absolutely critical time, we need to hold our nerve as a government, get behind the

**prime**minister.

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## Translations for **prime**

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- ممتاز, فاخر, أوليArabic
- primerCatalan, Valencian
- prima, prvočísloCzech
- klargøre, primær, førsteklasses, første, hoved-, primtal-, tidligste, vigtigste, begyndelse, blomstringstid, primtalDanish
- grundieren, ersteGerman
- πρώτος, πρωταρχικός, εκλεκτός, ακμήGreek
- cebar, excelente, primo, primoroso, primero, principalSpanish
- parim, algarv, esimeneEstonian
- بهترینPersian
- alku-, ensimmäinen, primaarinen, ensi-, priima, pää-, jaoton, ensiluokkainen, tärkein, kultakausi, kukoistus, alkulukuFinnish
- principal, excellent, apprêter, premier, amorcer, de premier ordre, nombre premierFrench
- imprimarGalician
- ראשוני, ראשי, מצוייןHebrew
- kiváló, príma, első, prím, fő-, elsődleges, fő, prímszámHungarian
- iniziale, ottimo, primo, primario, di prima qualità, principale, di prima categoria, di prima scelta, all’apice, numero primo, inizi, principio, nel fiore degli anni, tonaleItalian
- רִאשׁוֹנִיHebrew
- 最良, 第一級, 素数, 準備, 用意, 素, 最適, 最高, 第一, 最重要, 最初, 下塗, 最盛期, 主音, 原始, [[第一]][[の]][[構え]], 初期Japanese
- primusLatin
- tetereMāori
- eerste, voornaamste, beste, primen, uitstekend, priem, prima, primair, priemgetalDutch
- pierwsza, pierwszyPolish
- principal, primeiro, de primeira, primeira, primo, número primo, princípio, ápice, augePortuguese
- primRomanian
- пе́рвый, грунтова́ть, превосхо́дный, перви́чный, первокла́ссный, [[гото́вить]] к [[работа, гла́вный, просто́й, основно́й, важне́йший, нача́ло, расцве́т, простое число, зени́тRussian
- prašteviloSlovene
- förnämst, klarställa, grunda, prim-, aptera, förstklassig, först, främst, prima, tidigast, viktigast, förbereda, grundmåla, huvud-, glansperiod, prim, glansdagar, utvald, primtal, början, blomstringstidSwedish
- birincilTurkish
- 主要Chinese

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