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prime


  6  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Prime  \Prime\,  a.  (Math.) 
  a  Divisible  by  no  number  except  itself  or  unity;  as  7  is  a 
  prime  number. 
  b  Having  no  common  factor;  --  used  with  to  as  12  is  prime 
  to  25. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Prime  \Prime\,  a.  [F.,  fr  L.  primus  first  a  superl. 
  corresponding  to  the  compar.  prior  former.  See  {Prior},  a., 
  {Foremost},  {Former},  and  cf  {Prim},  a.,  {Primary}, 
  {Prince}.] 
  1.  First  in  order  of  time;  original;  primeval;  primitive; 
  primary.  ``Prime  forests.''  --Tennyson. 
 
  She  was  not  the  prime  cause  but  I  myself.  --Milton. 
 
  Note:  In  this  sense  the  word  is  nearly  superseded  by 
  primitive,  except  in  the  phrase  prime  cost. 
 
  2.  First  in  rank,  degree,  dignity,  authority,  or  importance; 
  as  prime  minister.  ``Prime  virtues.''  --Dryden. 
 
  3.  First  in  excellence;  of  highest  quality;  as  prime  wheat; 
  a  prime  quality  of  cloth. 
 
  4.  Early;  blooming;  being  in  the  first  stage.  [Poetic] 
 
  His  starry  helm,  unbuckled,  showed  him  prime  In 
  manhood  where  youth  ended.  --Milton. 
 
  5.  Lecherous;  lustful;  lewd.  [Obs.]  --Shak. 
 
  6.  Marked  or  distinguished  by  a  mark  (')  called  a  prime  mark. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Prime  \Prime\,  v.  i. 
  1.  To  be  renewed,  or  as  at  first  [Obs.] 
 
  Night's  bashful  empress,  though  she  often  wane,  As 
  oft  repeats  her  darkness,  primes  again  --Quarles. 
 
  2.  To  serve  as  priming  for  the  charge  of  a  gun. 
 
  3.  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. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Prime  \Prime\,  n. 
  1.  The  first  part  the  earliest  stage;  the  beginning  or 
  opening,  as  of  the  day  the  year,  etc.;  hence  the  dawn; 
  the  spring.  --Chaucer. 
 
  In  the  very  prime  of  the  world.  --Hooker. 
 
  Hope  waits  upon  the  flowery  prime.  --Waller. 
 
  2.  The  spring  of  life;  youth;  hence  full  health,  strength, 
  or  beauty;  perfection.  ``Cut  off  in  their  prime.'' 
  --Eustace.  ``The  prime  of  youth.''  --Dryden. 
 
  3.  That  which  is  first  in  quantity;  the  most  excellent 
  portion;  the  best  part 
 
  Give  him  always  of  the  prime.  --Swift. 
 
  4.  [F.  prime,  LL  prima  (sc.  hora).  See  {Prime},  a.]  The 
  morning;  specifically  (R.  C.  Ch.),  the  first  canonical 
  hour,  succeeding  to  lauds. 
 
  Early  and  late  it  rung,  at  evening  and  at  prime. 
  --Spenser. 
 
  Note:  Originally,  prime  denoted  the  first  quarter  of  the 
  artificial  day  reckoned  from  6  a.  m.  to  6  p.  m. 
  Afterwards,  it  denoted  the  end  of  the  first  quarter, 
  that  is  9  a.  m.  Specifically,  it  denoted  the  first 
  canonical  hour,  as  now  Chaucer  uses  it  in  all  these 
  senses  and  also  in  the  sense  of  def.  1,  above. 
 
  They  sleep  till  that  it  was  pryme  large 
  --Chaucer. 
 
  5.  (Fencing)  The  first  of  the  chief  guards. 
 
  6.  (Chem.)  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. 
  [Obs.  or  Archaic] 
 
  7.  (Arith.)  A  prime  number.  See  under  {Prime},  a. 
 
  8.  An  inch,  as  composed  of  twelve  seconds  in  the  duodecimal 
  system;  --  denoted  by  ['].  See  2d  {Inch},  n.,  1. 
 
  {Prime  of  the  moon},  the  new  moon  at  its  first  appearance. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Prime  \Prime\,  v.  t.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Primed};  p.  pr  &  vb  n. 
  {Priming}.]  [From  {Prime},  a.] 
  1.  To  apply  priming  to  as  a  musket  or  a  cannon;  to  apply  a 
  primer  to  as  a  metallic  cartridge. 
 
  2.  To  lay  the  first  color,  coating,  or  preparation  upon  (a 
  surface),  as  in  painting;  as  to  prime  a  canvas,  a  wall. 
 
  3.  To  prepare;  to  make  ready;  to  instruct  beforehand;  to 
  post  to  coach;  as  to  prime  a  witness;  the  boys  are 
  primed  for  mischief.  [Colloq.]  --Thackeray. 
 
  4.  To  trim  or  prune,  as  trees.  [Obs.  or  Prov.  Eng.] 
 
  5.  (Math.)  To  mark  with  a  prime  mark. 
 
  {To  prime  a  pump},  to  charge  a  pump  with  water,  in  order  to 
  put  it  in  working  condition. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  prime 
  adj  1:  first  in  rank  or  degree;  "an  architect  of  premier  rank"; 
  "the  prime  minister"  [syn:  {premier(a)},  {prime(a)}] 
  2:  used  of  the  first  or  originating  agent;  "prime  mover"  [syn: 
  {prime(a)}] 
  3:  of  superior  grade;  "choice  wines";  "fine  wines"  "prime 
  beef";  "prize  carnations";  "quality  paper";  "select 
  peaches"  [syn:  {choice},  {fine},  {prime(a)},  {prize},  {quality}, 
  {select}] 
  4:  (math)  of  or  relating  to  or  being  an  integer  that  cannot  be 
  factored  into  other  integers;  "prime  number" 
  5:  at  the  best  stage;  "our  manhood's  prime  vigor"-  Robert 
  Browning 
  n  1:  a  quantity  that  has  no  factor  but  itself  and  1  [syn:  {prime 
  quantity}] 
  2:  the  period  of  greatest  prosperity  or  productivity  [syn:  {flower}, 
  {peak},  {heyday},  {bloom},  {blossom},  {efflorescence},  {flush}] 
  3:  the  second  canonical  hour;  about  6  a.m. 
  4:  the  time  of  maturity  when  power  and  vigor  are  greatest  [syn: 
  {prime  of  life}] 
  v  1:  insert  a  primer  into  (a  gun,  mine,  charge,  etc.) 
  preparatory  to  detonation  or  firing;  "prime  a  cannon"; 
  "prime  a  mine" 
  2:  cover  with  a  primer;  apply  a  primer  to  [syn:  {ground},  {undercoat}] 
  3:  fill  with  priming  liquid;  "prime  a  car  engine" 




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