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Definitions of primary

  1. 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"
  2. of or being the essential or basic part; " an elementary need for love and nurturing"
  3. a preliminary election where delegates or nominees are chosen
  4. one of the main flight feathers projecting along the outer edge of a bird's wing
  5. 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"
  6. not derived from or reducible to something else; basic; " a primary instinct"
  7. of first rank or importance or value; direct and immediate rather than secondhand; " primary goals"; " a primary effect"; " primary sources"; " a primary interest"
  8. of or denoting or of the nature of or containing a base
  9. Primarily.
  10. First in order of time or development or in intention; primitive; fundamental; original.
  11. First in order, as being preparatory to something higher; as, primary assemblies; primary schools.
  12. First in dignity or importance; chief; principal; as, primary planets; a matter of primary importance.
  13. Earliest formed; fundamental.
  14. Illustrating, possessing, or characterized by, some quality or property in the first degree; having undergone the first stage of substitution or replacement.
  15. That which stands first in order, rank, or importance; a chief matter.
  16. A primary meeting; a caucus.
  17. One of the large feathers on the distal joint of a bird's wing. See Plumage, and Illust. of Bird.
  18. A primary planet; the brighter component of a double star. See under Planet.
  19. In the first order of time, place, or rank; original; chief; principal; first in order of development; hence, lowest; as, a primary school; preparatory.
  20. That which is first in rank, place, or importance; a meeting of voters to name candidates, etc., to be voted for in a coming election; one of the large flight- feathers in a bird's wing.
  21. 1. First, principal. 2. The first manifestation of syphilis, or the chancre.
  22. First, original: chief: primitive.
  23. That which is highest in rank or importance.
  24. Original; first; chief.
  25. Original; first; fundamental; chief.
  26. First in order of time; original; chief; principal; intended, as a school, for elementary instruction; radical.
  27. That which stands highest in rank or importance; the large feathers on the last joint of a bird's wing. Primary- colours. See Colour. Primary rocks, the earliest rocks of the earth's crust, from the permian downwards.
  28. First in order of time or formation; first in place; rank, or importance; original; principal; preparatory or lowest in order, as schools or political assemblies.
  29. That which is first or highest in rank; opposed to secondary.
  30. First; principal; original; axis, feathers, meristem, root, wood.
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Quotes of primary

  1. Scientists now believe that the primary biological function of breasts is to make males stupid. – Dave Barry
  2. As the Nation's primary supporter of research in the physical sciences, the DOE Office of Science led the way in creating a unique system of large -scale, specialized, often one -of -a -kind facilities for scientific discovery. – Judy Biggert
  3. My primary and secondary education was provided by the Highland Park Public School System. – James Cronin
  4. The Muslim world and its subset the countries of the Middle East have been left behind in the marathon of political, economic and human development. For that, there is a tendency to blame others as the primary cause. – Recep Tayyip Erdogan
  5. But the primary reason for wanting the dollar to become more competitive in the near future is that we may need an increase in exports this year and in 2007 to sustain the economy's current pace of expansion. – Martin Feldstein
  6. Civilized society is perpetually menaced with disintegration through this primary hostility of men towards one another. – Sigmund Freud
  7. What is the primary purpose of a political leader? To build a majority. If voters care about parking lots, then talk about parking lots. – Newt Gingrich
  8. I regard freedom of expression as the primary right without which one can not have a proper functioning democracy. – Lord Hailsham
  9. The marshalling of those resources in order to obtain the maximum war effort for Australia, and a maximum degree of help and cooperation for Great Britain and the sister Dominions, is the primary objective of the new Department. – Harold Edward Holt
  10. Finally there are simple ideas of which no definition can be given; there are also axioms or postulates, or in a word primary principles, which cannot be proved and have no need of proof. – Gottfried Leibniz
  11. Each and every day health centers provide high -quality primary and preventive care to our constituents. – Jan Schakowsky
  12. The alarming thing in China is the almost total absence of primary care. Even in cities, there are no independent doctors' offices or neighborhood clinics, so people have to go to the hospital for every health care need. – Nancy Travis
  13. I think a lot of times it's not money that's the primary motivation factor; it's the passion for your job and the professional and personal satisfaction that you get out of doing what you do that motivates you. – Martin Yan
  14. The primary one being, like I said, I don't like rock 'n' roll piano. – Warren Zevon

Usage examples for primary

  1. But, on the other hand, good elements- primary and secondary- have entered into the deepest nature of Christianity itself. – An Interpretation of Rudolf Eucken's Philosophy by W. Tudor Jones
  2. At least he said it was on his way, but I notice from the map in the primary room that it was one hundred miles out of his way. – Dear Enemy by Jean Webster
  3. But having regard to the primary use of the syllogism, this was no defect, but a necessary character of the relation. – Logic, Inductive and Deductive by William Minto
  4. Its primary object is to give information. – Composition-Rhetoric by Stratton D. Brooks
  5. In some deposits, as in the copper deposits of Ray and Miami, there is found, below the secondary sulphide zone, a lean sulphide zone which is evidently of primary nature. – The Economic Aspect of Geology by C. K. Leith
  6. Who is Primary Instruction, anyhow? – The Social Cancer A Complete English Version of Noli Me Tangere by José Rizal
  7. That he would have held to his primary convictions is almost certain; it is quite certain that he would have loved mental liberty. – Recollections and Impressions 1822-1890 by Octavius Brooks Frothingham
  8. The Company's primary object was to capture the Spanish treasure fleets; its secondary object was to conquer the possessions of Spain and Portugal in South America. – The South American Republics Part I of II by Thomas C. Dawson
  9. In this community, because of his efforts there have been established schools from the primary grade to a college and a hospital. – Korea's Fight for Freedom by F.A. McKenzie
  10. There are no primary sources visible. – The Black Star Passes by John W Campbell
  11. Yes, I'll come to the primary – The Honorable Peter Stirling and What People Thought of Him by Paul Leicester Ford
  12. Ruth had taken Dot to the teacher of the first grade, primary and Dot was made welcome by several little girls whom she had met at Sunday school during the summer. – The Corner House Girls at School by Grace Brooks Hill
  13. In no language in its oldest stage is there ever a word giving, in its primary sense, the ideas of a and the. – The English Language by Robert Gordon Latham
  14. There was a row last spring in the primary and we've had orders since then to lay for him." – The Honorable Peter Stirling and What People Thought of Him by Paul Leicester Ford
  15. If they gave them entrance and cherished them, they would soon find how full of primary truth they were, and how well they would serve them, as they had served him. – Spare Hours by John Brown
  16. Primary education 187 Church and Religion. – Spain by Wentworth Webster
  17. The distinction is applied in our ordinary consciousness both to the primary and to the secondary qualities of matter, i. – Kant's Theory of Knowledge by Harold Arthur Prichard
  18. In primary schools the situation is met by the establishment of a system of visiting teachers who can investigate the circumstances of a problem child. – Report of the Special Committee on Moral Delinquency in Children and Adolescents The Mazengarb Report (1954) by Oswald Chettle Mazengarb et al.
  19. At length, in May, 1892, the chambers were able to agree upon the primary proposition that some sort of revision was necessary. – The Governments of Europe by Frederic Austin Ogg
  20. The nations of each part of the world should assume the primary responsibility for their own well- being; and they themselves should determine the terms of that well- being. – Complete State of the Union Addresses from 1790 to the Present by Various
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