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  3  definitions  found 
  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  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Priming  \Prim"ing\,  n. 
  1.  The  powder  or  other  combustible  used  to  communicate  fire 
  to  a  charge  of  gunpowder,  as  in  a  firearm. 
  2.  (Paint.)  The  first  coating  of  color,  size,  or  the  like 
  laid  on  canvas,  or  on  a  building,  or  other  surface. 
  3.  (Steam  Eng.)  The  carrying  over  of  water,  with  the  steam, 
  from  the  boiler,  as  into  the  cylinder. 
  {Priming  of  the  tide}.  See  {Lag  of  the  tide},  under  2d  {Lag}. 
  {Priming  tube},  a  small  pipe,  filled  with  a  combustible 
  composition  for  firing  cannon. 
  {Priming  valve}  (Steam  Eng.),  a  spring  safety  valve  applied 
  to  the  cylinder  of  a  steam  engine  for  discharging  water 
  carried  into  the  cylinder  by  priming. 
  {Priming  wire},  a  pointed  wire  used  to  penetrate  the  vent  of 
  a  piece,  for  piercing  the  cartridge  before  priming. 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
  n  :  the  act  of  making  something  ready 

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