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Primal vs. Prime

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Primaladjective

Being the first in time or in history.

‘primal man’;

Primeadjective

First in importance, degree, or rank.

‘Our prime concern here is to keep the community safe.’;

Primaladjective

Of greatest importance; primary.

Primeadjective

First in time, order, or sequence.

‘Both the English and French governments established prime meridians in their capitals.’;

Primaladjective

(meat trade) Being one of the pieces of meat initially separated from the carcass during butchering, prior to division into smaller cuts.

Primeadjective

First in excellence, quality, or value.

‘This is a prime location for a bookstore.’;

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Primalnoun

A primal cut (of meat).

Primeadjective

Having exactly two integral factors: itself and unity (1 in the case of integers).

‘Thirteen is a prime number.’;

Primalverb

(intransitive) To take part in primal therapy.

Primeadjective

Such that if it divides a product, it divides one of the multiplicands.

Primaladjective

First; primary; original; chief.

‘It hath the primal eldest curse upon it.’; ‘The primal duties shine aloft like stars.’;

Primeadjective

(mathematics) Having its complement closed under multiplication: said only of ideals.

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Primaladjective

serving as an essential component;

‘a cardinal rule’; ‘the central cause of the problem’; ‘an example that was fundamental to the argument’; ‘computers are fundamental to modern industrial structure’;

Primeadjective

Marked or distinguished by the prime symbol.

Primaladjective

having existed from the beginning; in an earliest or original stage or state;

‘aboriginal forests’; ‘primal eras before the appearance of life on earth’; ‘the forest primeval’; ‘primordial matter’; ‘primordial forms of life’;

Primeadjective

Early; blooming; being in the first stage.

Primeadjective

(obsolete) Lecherous, lewd, lustful.

Primenoun

(historical) The first hour of daylight; the first canonical hour.

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Primenoun

(Christianity) The religious service appointed to this hour.

Primenoun

(obsolete) The early morning generally.

Primenoun

The earliest stage of something.

Primenoun

The most active, thriving, or successful stage or period.

Primenoun

The chief or best individual or part.

Primenoun

(music) The first note or tone of a musical scale.

Primenoun

(fencing) The first defensive position, with the sword hand held at head height, and the tip of the sword at head height.

Primenoun

A prime element of a mathematical structure, particularly a prime number.

‘3 is a prime.’;

Primenoun

(card games) A four-card hand containing one card of each suit in the game of primero; the opposite of a flush in poker.

Primenoun

(backgammon) Six consecutive blocks, which prevent the opponent's pieces from passing.

‘I'm threatening to build a prime here.’;

Primenoun

The symbol ′ used to indicate feet, minutes, derivation and other measures and mathematical operations.

Primenoun

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.

Primenoun

An inch, as composed of twelve seconds in the duodecimal system.

Primenoun

(obsolete) The priming in a flintlock.

Primenoun

(cycling) An intermediate sprint within a race, usually offering a prize and/or points.

Primeverb

(transitive) To prepare a mechanism for its main work.

‘You'll have to press this button twice to prime the fuel pump.’;

Primeverb

(transitive) To apply a coat of primer paint to.

‘I need to prime these handrails before we can apply the finish coat.’;

Primeverb

To be renewed.

Primeverb

(intransitive) To serve as priming for the charge of a gun.

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.

Primeverb

To apply priming to (a musket or cannon); to apply a primer to (a metallic cartridge).

Primeverb

To prepare; to make ready; to instruct beforehand; to coach.

‘to prime a witness’; ‘The boys are primed for mischief.’;

Primeverb

To trim or prune.

‘to prime trees’;

Primeverb

(math) To mark with a prime mark.

Primeadjective

First in order of time; original; primeval; primitive; primary.

‘She was not the prime cause, but I myself.’;

Primeadjective

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

Primeadjective

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

Primeadjective

Early; blooming; being in the first stage.

‘His starry helm, unbuckled, showed him primeIn manhood where youth ended.’;

Primeadjective

Lecherous; lustful; lewd.

Primeadjective

Marked or distinguished by a mark (´) called a prime mark.

Primeadjective

Divisible by no number except itself or unity; as, 7 is a prime number.

Primenoun

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

‘In the very prime of the world.’; ‘Hope waits upon the flowery prime.’;

Primenoun

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

Primenoun

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

‘Give him always of the prime.’;

Primenoun

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

‘Early and late it rung, at evening and at prime.’; ‘They sleep till that it was pryme large.’;

Primenoun

The first of the chief guards.

Primenoun

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.

Primenoun

A prime number. See under Prime, a.

Primenoun

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

Primeverb

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

Primeverb

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

Primeverb

To prepare; to make ready; to instruct beforehand; to post; to coach; as, to prime a witness; the boys are primed for mischief.

Primeverb

To trim or prune, as trees.

Primeverb

To mark with a prime mark.

Primeverb

To be renewed, or as at first.

‘Night's bashful empress, though she often wane,As oft repeats her darkness, primes again.’;

Primeverb

To serve as priming for the charge of a gun.

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.

Primenoun

a number that has no factor but itself and 1

Primenoun

the period of greatest prosperity or productivity

Primenoun

the second canonical hour; about 6 a.m.

Primenoun

the time of maturity when power and vigor are greatest

Primeverb

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

‘prime a cannon’; ‘prime a mine’;

Primeverb

cover with a primer; apply a primer to

Primeverb

fill with priming liquid;

‘prime a car engine’;

Primeadjective

first in rank or degree;

‘an architect of premier rank’; ‘the prime minister’;

Primeadjective

used of the first or originating agent;

‘prime mover’;

Primeadjective

of superior grade;

‘choice wines’; ‘prime beef’; ‘prize carnations’; ‘quality paper’; ‘select peaches’;

Primeadjective

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

‘prime number’;

Primeadjective

at the best stage;

‘our manhood's prime vigor’;

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