What does prime mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. prime, prime quantitynoun

    a number that has no factor but itself and 1

  2. flower, prime, peak, heyday, bloom, blossom, efflorescence, flushnoun

    the period of greatest prosperity or productivity

  3. primenoun

    the second canonical hour; about 6 a.m.

  4. prime, prime of lifeadjective

    the time of maturity when power and vigor are greatest

  5. premier(a), prime(a)adjective

    first in rank or degree

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

  6. prime(a)adjective

    used of the first or originating agent

    "prime mover"

  7. choice, prime(a), prize, quality, selectadjective

    of superior grade

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

  8. primeadjective

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

    "prime number"

  9. prime, meridianverb

    being at the best stage of development

    "our manhood's prime vigor"- Robert Browning

  10. primeverb

    insert a primer into (a gun, mine, or charge) preparatory to detonation or firing

    "prime a cannon"; "prime a mine"

  11. prime, ground, undercoatverb

    cover with a primer; apply a primer to

  12. primeverb

    fill with priming liquid

    "prime a car engine"

Webster Dictionary

  1. Primeadjective

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

    Etymology: [From Prime, a.]

  2. Primeadjective

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

    Etymology: [From Prime, a.]

  3. Primeadjective

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

    Etymology: [From Prime, a.]

  4. Primeadjective

    early; blooming; being in the first stage

    Etymology: [From Prime, a.]

  5. Primeadjective

    lecherous; lustful; lewd

    Etymology: [From Prime, a.]

  6. Primeadjective

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

    Etymology: [From Prime, a.]

  7. Primenoun

    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.]

  8. Primenoun

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

    Etymology: [From Prime, a.]

  9. Primenoun

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

    Etymology: [From Prime, a.]

  10. Primeadjective

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

    Etymology: [From Prime, a.]

  11. Primeadjective

    the first of the chief guards

    Etymology: [From Prime, a.]

  12. Primeadjective

    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.]

  13. Primeadjective

    a prime number. See under Prime, a

    Etymology: [From Prime, a.]

  14. Primeadjective

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

    Etymology: [From Prime, a.]

  15. Primeadjective

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

    Etymology: [From Prime, a.]

  16. Primeadjective

    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.]

  17. Primeadjective

    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.]

  18. Primeadjective

    to trim or prune, as trees

    Etymology: [From Prime, a.]

  19. Primeadjective

    to mark with a prime mark

    Etymology: [From Prime, a.]

  20. Primeverb

    to be renewed, or as at first

    Etymology: [From Prime, a.]

  21. Primeverb

    to serve as priming for the charge of a gun

    Etymology: [From Prime, a.]

  22. Primeverb

    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

  1. 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

  1. 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).]

  2. 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

  1. prime

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

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. 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

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

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

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

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

  3. Adjectives Frequency

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

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of prime in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of prime in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of prime in a Sentence

  1. Finance Minister Michel Sapin:

    The majority of these investments are meant for the industrial sector, which makes France the major player in Prime Minister Modi's 'Make in India' programme.

  2. Phillippe Marlière:

    The French president has more power on paper than the American [ resident. The French president can control the police, the army, all domestic policy, all foreign policy. The French president even appoints The French president own prime minister, this, combined with someone seeking re-election who is already shifting to the right on issues like Islam with no real oversight is very concerning.

  3. Elise Stefanik:

    President Biden missed a huge opportunity at the G-7 summit to stand up for America and deliver a plan to safely reopen, instead caving to Prime Minister Trudeau’s incessant desire to delay, i’ve called on the Biden Administration to begin taking unilateral steps towards easing restrictions for families and property owners, and the failure to do so is unacceptable for our northern border communities.

  4. Dick Durbin:

    We offered the prime minister an opportunity to balance the politically divisive invitation from Speaker Boehner.

  5. Hillary Clinton:

    As the Secretary of Defense, you are inevitably a prime target for foreign hackers.

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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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