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English Dictionary: prime by the DICT Development Group
6 results for prime
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
  1. first in rank or degree; "an architect of premier rank"; "the prime minister"
    Synonym(s): premier(a), prime(a)
  2. used of the first or originating agent; "prime mover"
  3. of superior grade; "choice wines"; "prime beef"; "prize carnations"; "quality paper"; "select peaches"
    Synonym(s): choice, prime(a), prize, quality, select
  4. of or relating to or being an integer that cannot be factored into other integers; "prime number"
  5. being at the best stage of development; "our manhood's prime vigor"- Robert Browning
    Synonym(s): prime, meridian
  1. a number that has no factor but itself and 1 [syn: prime, prime quantity]
  2. the period of greatest prosperity or productivity
    Synonym(s): flower, prime, 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
    Synonym(s): prime, prime of life
  1. insert a primer into (a gun, mine, or charge) preparatory to detonation or firing; "prime a cannon"; "prime a mine"
  2. cover with a primer; apply a primer to
    Synonym(s): prime, ground, undercoat
  3. fill with priming liquid; "prime a car engine"
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},
      1. First in order of time; original; primeval; primitive;
            primary. [bd]Prime forests.[b8] --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      Note: In this sense the word is nearly superseded by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. [bd]Prime virtues.[b8] --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 ([b7]) called a prime

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. [bd]Cut off in their prime.[b8]
            --Eustace. [bd]The prime of youth.[b8] --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.
      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.
      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 [[b7]]. 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 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.
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