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English Dictionary: Primitive by the DICT Development Group
4 results for Primitive
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
  1. belonging to an early stage of technical development; characterized by simplicity and (often) crudeness; "the crude weapons and rude agricultural implements of early man"; "primitive movies of the 1890s"; "primitive living conditions in the Appalachian mountains"
    Synonym(s): crude, primitive, rude
  2. little evolved from or characteristic of an earlier ancestral type; "archaic forms of life"; "primitive mammals"; "the okapi is a short-necked primitive cousin of the giraffe"
    Synonym(s): archaic, primitive
  3. used of preliterate or tribal or nonindustrial societies; "primitive societies"
  4. of or created by one without formal training; simple or naive in style; "primitive art such as that by Grandma Moses is often colorful and striking"
    Synonym(s): primitive, naive
  1. a person who belongs to an early stage of civilization
    Synonym(s): primitive, primitive person
  2. a mathematical expression from which another expression is derived
  3. a word serving as the basis for inflected or derived forms; "`pick' is the primitive from which `picket' is derived"
From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Primitive \Prim"i*tive\, a. [L. primitivus, fr. primus the
      first: cf. F. primitif. See {Prime}, a.]
      1. Of or pertaining to the beginning or origin, or to early
            times; original; primordial; primeval; first; as,
            primitive innocence; the primitive church. [bd]Our
            primitive great sire.[b8] --Milton.
      2. Of or pertaining to a former time; old-fashioned;
            characterized by simplicity; as, a primitive style of
      3. Original; primary; radical; not derived; as, primitive
            verb in grammar.
      {Primitive axes of co[94]rdinate} (Geom.), that system of
            axes to which the points of a magnitude are first
            referred, with reference to a second set or system, to
            which they are afterward referred.
      {Primitive chord} (Mus.), that chord, the lowest note of
            which is of the same literal denomination as the
            fundamental base of the harmony; -- opposed to derivative.
            --Moore (Encyc. of Music).
      {Primitive circle} (Spherical Projection), the circle cut
            from the sphere to be projected, by the primitive plane.
      {Primitive colors} (Paint.), primary colors. See under
      {Primitive Fathers} (Eccl.), the acknowledged Christian
            writers who flourished before the Council of Nice, A. D.
            325. --Shipley.
      {Primitive groove} (Anat.), a depression or groove in the
            epiblast of the primitive streak. It is not connected with
            the medullary groove, which appears later and in front of
      {Primitive plane} (Spherical Projection), the plane upon
            which the projections are made, generally coinciding with
            some principal circle of the sphere, as the equator or a
      {Primitive rocks} (Geol.), primary rocks. See under
      {Primitive sheath}. (Anat.) See {Neurilemma}.
      {Primitive streak} [or] {trace} (Anat.), an opaque and
            thickened band where the mesoblast first appears in the
            vertebrate blastoderm.
      Syn: First; original; radical; pristine; ancient; primeval;
               antiquated; old-fashioned.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Primitive \Prim"i*tive\, n.
      An original or primary word; a word not derived from another;
      -- opposed to derivative.

From The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (15Feb98) [foldoc]:
      A {function}, {operator}, or {type} which is
      built into a programming language (or {operating system}),
      either for speed of execution or because it would be
      impossible to write it in the language.   Primitives typically
      include the arithmetic and logical operations (plus, minus,
      and, or, etc.) and are implemented by a small number of
      {machine language} instructions.
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