Definitions of prime

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