Definitions of prime

  1. the period of greatest prosperity or productivity
  2. first in rank or degree; " an architect of premier rank"; " the prime minister"
  3. cover with a primer; apply a primer to
  4. a number that has no factor but itself and 1
  5. the second canonical hour; about 6 a. m.
  6. at the best stage; " our manhood's prime vigor"- Robert Browning
  7. ( math) of or relating to or being an integer that cannot be factored into other integers; " prime number"
  8. insert a primer into ( a gun, mine, charge, etc.) preparatory to detonation or firing; " prime a cannon"; " prime a mine"
  9. fill with priming liquid; " prime a car engine"
  10. used of the first or originating agent; " prime mover"
  11. Divisible by no number except itself or unity; as, 7 is a prime number.
  12. First in order of time; original; primeval; primitive; primary.
  13. First in rank, degree, dignity, authority, or importance; as, prime minister.
  14. Early; blooming; being in the first stage.
  15. Lecherous; lustful; lewd.
  16. Marked or distinguished by a mark ( ') called a prime mark.
  17. The first part; the earliest stage; the beginning or opening, as of the day, the year, etc.; hence, the dawn; the spring.
  18. The spring of life; youth; hence, full health, strength, or beauty; perfection.
  19. That which is first in quantity; the most excellent portion; the best part.
  20. The morning; specifically ( R. C. Ch.), the first canonical hour, succeeding to lauds.
  21. The first of the chief guards.
  22. 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.
  23. A prime number. See under Prime, a.
  24. An inch, as composed of twelve seconds in the duodecimal system; -- denoted by [ ']. See 2d Inch, n., 1.
  25. To apply priming to, as a musket or a cannon; to apply a primer to, as a metallic cartridge.
  26. To lay the first color, coating, or preparation upon ( a surface), as in painting; as, to prime a canvas, a wall.
  27. To prepare; to make ready; to instruct beforehand; to post; to coach; as, to prime a witness; the boys are primed for mischief.
  28. To trim or prune, as trees.
  29. To mark with a prime mark.
  30. To be renewed, or as at first.
  31. To serve as priming for the charge of a gun.
  32. 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.
  33. That which makes, or helps to make, anything such as it is; anything belonging to a subject, or predicable of it; distinguishing property, characteristic, or attribute; peculiar power, capacity, or virtue; distinctive trait; as, the tones of a flute differ from those of a violin in quality; the great quality of a statesman.
  34. Having no common factor; - used with to; as, 12 is prime to 25.
  35. First in order of rank, time, or importance; first in excellence; original; early; excellent; not to be divided by any number but itself and one; as, 13 is a prime number.
  36. To prepare for firing, as a gun; to put into good working condition; to instruct as to what must be said; as, to prime a witness with evidence.
  37. Primely.
  38. First, in order of time, rank, or importance: chief: excellent: original: early.
  39. The beginning: the dawn: the spring: the best part: the height of perfection.
  40. To put powder on the nipple of a firearm: to lay on the first coating of color.
  41. To serve for the charge of a gun.
  42. First, in time or importance; chief; excellent.
  43. The beginning; dawn; spring; best part; highest perfection.
  44. To put powder in the pan of a gun; lay on the first coating of paint.
  45. To make ready; supply with priming.
  46. First; chief; vigorous; excellent.
  47. The period between youth and age; fulness of vigor; full perfection.
  48. The beginning of anything.
  49. First in order of time, rank, importance, or excellence; early; blooming.
  50. The dawn; the beginning; the spring of the year or of life; youth; the best part; the utmost perfection. Prime number, a number divisible only by unity.
  51. To charge the pan of a gun with powder, & c.; to lay a train of powder for communicating fire to a charge; to prepare; to lay on the first colour in painting.
  52. First; original; chief; first in quality or importance; first rate; excellent; early.
  53. The first part; early morning; the best part; the spring of the year or life; full health and beauty; utmost perfection, as of life.
  54. To put powder in the pan of a firearm; to lay on the first colour in painting; to prepare.

Usage examples for prime

  1. Then he wanted to know which was the head person, a queen or a prime minister. – A Jolly Fellowship by Frank R. Stockton
  2. I've got something prime outside. – Six Feet Four by Jackson Gregory
  3. I believe the Prime Minister and my right hon. – Selected-Speeches-on-British-Foreign-Policy-1738-1914 by Jones, Edgar R. (Edgar Rees), Sir
  4. When this sad event happened he had ceased to be Prime Minister. – The Duke's Children by Anthony Trollope
  5. Maybe Prime Suspect was talking to a friend. – Underground by Suelette Dreyfus
  6. The colt's feeling prime. – Winter Fun by William O. Stoddard
  7. I call that prime; don't you, Alison? – Good Luck by L. T. Meade
  8. Seeing that death was drawing near her, she called the King to her and spoke as follows: 'I am now going to leave you, and as you are young and in your prime, of course after my death you will marry again. – The Red Fairy Book by Various
  9. Yonder aristocratic gentleman, in the full prime of youthful beauty, must be her son. – The Complete Historical Romances of Georg Ebers by Georg Ebers
  10. The Prime Minister will keep his own opinion about you, but he will not exact more of you than this." – The Reconciliation of Races and Religions by Thomas Kelly Cheyne
  11. 4. Some new direction would have to be given, and the presence in Geneva of the British and French Prime Ministers gave a special importance to the meeting. – The Geneva Protocol by David Hunter Miller
  12. In this way British North America has been the prime factor in placing Great Britain first among the nations of the world in the government of colonies. – The-Chignecto-Isthmus-and-its-first-settlers by Trueman, Howard
  13. She was in her prime, and one of the finest singers I ever heard. – Memories of a Musical Life by William Mason
  14. The prime difficulty was that in this book Turgenev had told a number of profound truths about life; and nobody wanted the truth. – Essays on Russian Novelists by William Lyon Phelps
  15. Keeping alive was his prime concern now. – Dave Dawson at Casablanca by Robert Sydney Bowen
  16. When the British prime minister, Lord North, heard the news, he exclaimed, " All is over; all is over!" – A Brief History of the United States by John Bach McMaster
  17. They will not keep more than ten or twelve in prime condition. – The Automobilist Abroad by M. F. (Milburg Francisco) Mansfield
  18. But, best of all, besides coolness and judgment, he had that prime essential of all pitchers, control. – Lefty Locke Pitcher-Manager by Burt L. Standish
  19. But if I were to consult my prime minister, it would be absurd for me to call theft by any name less dignified than public benefit. – The King of the Dark Chamber by Rabindranath Tagore (trans.)
  20. Oh, I have nothing else to do, Mrs. Prime; it's no trouble. – The Lamplighter by Maria S. Cummins