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  4  definitions  found 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Primer  \Prim"er\,  n. 
  One  who  or  that  which  primes;  specifically,  an  instrument 
  or  device  for  priming;  esp.,  a  cap,  tube,  or  water  containing 
  percussion  powder  or  other  compound  for  igniting  a  charge  of 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Primer  \Prim"er\,  a.  [OF.  primer,  primier,  premier,  F.  premier. 
  See  {Premier}.] 
  First  original;  primary.  [Obs.]  ``The  primer  English 
  kings.''  --Drayton. 
  {Primer  fine}  (O.  Eng.  Law),  a  fine  due  to  the  king  on  the 
  writ  or  commencement  of  a  suit  by  fine.  --Blackstone. 
  {Primer  seizin}  (Feudal  Law),  the  right  of  the  king,  when  a 
  tenant  in  capite  died  seized  of  a  knight's  fee,  to  receive 
  of  the  heir,  if  of  full  age,  one  year's  profits  of  the 
  land  if  in  possession,  and  half  a  year's  profits  if  the 
  land  was  in  reversion  expectant  on  an  estate  for  life;  -- 
  now  abolished.  --Blackstone. 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Primer  \Prim"er\,  n.  [Originally,  the  book  read  at  prime,  the 
  first  canonical  hour.  LL  primae  liber.  See  {Prime},  n.,  4.] 
  1.  Originally,  a  small  prayer  book  for  church  service, 
  containing  the  little  office  of  the  Virgin  Mary;  also  a 
  work  of  elementary  religious  instruction. 
  The  primer,  or  office  of  the  Blessed  Virgin.  --Bp. 
  2.  A  small  elementary  book  for  teaching  children  to  read;  a 
  reading  or  spelling  book  for  a  beginner. 
  As  he  sat  in  the  school  at  his  prymer.  --Chaucer. 
  3.  (Print.)  A  kind  of  type  of  which  there  are  two  species; 
  one  called  {long  primer},  intermediate  in  size  between 
  bourgeois  and  small  pica  [see  {Long  primer}];  the  other 
  called  {great  primer},  larger  than  pica. 
  Note:  Great  primer  type 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
  n  1:  an  introductory  textbook 
  2:  any  device  by  which  an  explosive  charge  is  ignited  [syn:  {fuse}, 
  {fuze},  {fusee},  {fuzee}] 
  3:  the  first  coat  of  paint  applied  to  a  surface  [syn:  {flat 
  coat},  {ground},  {priming  coat},  {undercoat}] 

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