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. one of the main flight feathers projecting along the outer edge of a bird's wing
  4. 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"
  5. not derived from or reducible to something else; basic; " a primary instinct"
  6. of first rank or importance or value; direct and immediate rather than secondhand; " primary goals"; " a primary effect"; " primary sources"; " a primary interest"
  7. of or denoting or of the nature of or containing a base
  8. Primarily.
  9. First in order of time or development or in intention; primitive; fundamental; original.
  10. First in order, as being preparatory to something higher; as, primary assemblies; primary schools.
  11. First in dignity or importance; chief; principal; as, primary planets; a matter of primary importance.
  12. Earliest formed; fundamental.
  13. Illustrating, possessing, or characterized by, some quality or property in the first degree; having undergone the first stage of substitution or replacement.
  14. That which stands first in order, rank, or importance; a chief matter.
  15. A primary meeting; a caucus.
  16. One of the large feathers on the distal joint of a bird's wing. See Plumage, and Illust. of Bird.
  17. A primary planet; the brighter component of a double star. See under Planet.
  18. In the first order of time, place, or rank; original; chief; principal; first in order of development; hence, lowest; as, a primary school; preparatory.
  19. 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.
  20. First, original: chief: primitive.
  21. That which is highest in rank or importance.
  22. Original; first; chief.
  23. Original; first; fundamental; chief.
  24. First in order of time; original; chief; principal; intended, as a school, for elementary instruction; radical.
  25. 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.
  26. 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.
  27. That which is first or highest in rank; opposed to secondary.
  28. First; principal; original; axis, feathers, meristem, root, wood.

Usage examples for primary

  1. Its primary object is to give information. – Composition-Rhetoric by Stratton D. Brooks
  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. 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.
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. There are no primary sources visible. – The Black Star Passes by John W Campbell
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. Primary education 187 Church and Religion. – Spain by Wentworth Webster
  13. 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
  14. 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
  15. 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
  16. 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
  17. Who is Primary Instruction, anyhow? – The Social Cancer A Complete English Version of Noli Me Tangere by José Rizal