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Primary vs. Prime

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Primaryadjective

The first in a group or series.

‘Children attend primary school, and teenagers attend secondary school.’;

Primeadjective

First in importance, degree, or rank.

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

Primaryadjective

Main; principal; placed ahead of others.

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

Primeadjective

First in time, order, or sequence.

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

Primaryadjective

(geology) Earliest formed; fundamental.

Primeadjective

First in excellence, quality, or value.

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

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Primaryadjective

(chemistry) Illustrating, possessing, or characterized by, some quality or property in the first degree; having undergone the first stage of substitution or replacement.

Primeadjective

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

‘Thirteen is a prime number.’;

Primaryadjective

(medicine) Relating to the place where a disorder or disease started to occur.

Primeadjective

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

Primaryadjective

(medicine) Relating to day-to-day care provided by health professionals such as nurses, general practitioners, dentists etc.

Primeadjective

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

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Primarynoun

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

Primeadjective

Marked or distinguished by the prime symbol.

Primarynoun

The first year of grade school.

Primeadjective

Early; blooming; being in the first stage.

Primarynoun

A base or fundamental component; something that is irreducible.

Primeadjective

(obsolete) Lecherous, lewd, lustful.

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Primarynoun

The most massive component of a gravitationally bound system, such as a planet in relation to its satellites.

Primenoun

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

Primarynoun

A primary school.

Primenoun

(Christianity) The religious service appointed to this hour.

Primarynoun

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

Primenoun

(obsolete) The early morning generally.

Primarynoun

A primary colour.

Primenoun

The earliest stage of something.

Primarynoun

(medicine) Primary site of disease; original location or source of the disease.

‘unknown primary’; ‘most common primaries’;

Primenoun

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

Primarynoun

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

Primenoun

The chief or best individual or part.

Primaryverb

To knock out an incumbent in the primary election, typically used referring to a non-incumbent challenger.

Primenoun

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

Primaryverb

To take part in a primary election.

Primenoun

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

Primaryverb

To challenge an incumbent sitting politician for their political party's endorsement to run for re-election, through running a challenger campaign in a primary election

Primenoun

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

‘3 is a prime.’;

Primaryadjective

First in order of time or development or in intention; primitive; fundamental; original.

‘The church of Christ, in its primary institution.’; ‘These I call original, or primary, qualities of body.’;

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.

Primaryadjective

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

Primenoun

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

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

Primaryadjective

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

Primenoun

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

Primaryadjective

Earliest formed; fundamental.

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.

Primaryadjective

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

Primenoun

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

Primarynoun

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

Primenoun

(obsolete) The priming in a flintlock.

Primarynoun

A primary meeting; a caucus.

Primenoun

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

Primarynoun

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

Primeverb

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

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

Primarynoun

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

Primeverb

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

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

Primarynoun

a preliminary election where delegates or nominees are chosen

Primeverb

To be renewed.

Primarynoun

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

Primeverb

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

Primarynoun

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’;

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.

Primaryadjective

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

‘primary goals’; ‘a primary effect’; ‘primary sources’; ‘a primary interest’;

Primeverb

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

Primaryadjective

not derived from or reducible to something else; basic;

‘a primary instinct’;

Primeverb

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

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

Primaryadjective

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’;

Primeverb

To trim or prune.

‘to prime trees’;

Primaryadjective

of or being the essential or basic part;

‘an elementary need for love and nurturing’;

Primeverb

(math) To mark with a prime mark.

Primaryadjective

of primary importance;

‘basic truths’;

Primeadjective

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

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

Primaryadjective

of chief importance; principal

‘the government's primary aim is to see significant reductions in unemployment’;

Primeadjective

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

Primaryadjective

earliest in time or order

‘the primary stage of their political education’;

Primeadjective

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

Primaryadjective

not derived from, caused by, or based on anything else; original

‘his expert handling of the primary and secondary literature is clear on every page’;

Primeadjective

Early; blooming; being in the first stage.

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

Primaryadjective

belonging to or directly derived from the first stage of development or growth

‘a primary bone tumour’;

Primeadjective

Lecherous; lustful; lewd.

Primaryadjective

relating to or denoting education for children between the ages of about five and eleven

‘a primary teacher’;

Primeadjective

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

Primaryadjective

former term for Palaeozoic

Primeadjective

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

Primaryadjective

relating to or denoting the input side of a transformer or other inductive device.

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.’;

Primaryadjective

(of an organic compound) having its functional group located on a carbon atom which is bonded to no more than one other carbon atom

‘a primary alcohol’;

Primenoun

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

Primaryadjective

(chiefly of amines) derived from ammonia by replacement of one hydrogen atom by an organic group.

Primenoun

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

‘Give him always of the prime.’;

Primarynoun

(in the US) a preliminary election to appoint delegates to a party conference or to select the candidates for a principal, especially presidential, election

‘these two republicans should win their primaries easily’;

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.’;

Primarynoun

a primary colour.

Primenoun

The first of the chief guards.

Primarynoun

a primary feather.

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.

Primarynoun

the body orbited by a smaller satellite or companion.

Primenoun

A prime number. See under Prime, a.

Primarynoun

a primary coil or winding in an electrical transformer.

Primenoun

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

Primarynoun

the Palaeozoic era.

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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