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English Dictionary: primer by the DICT Development Group
4 results for primer
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
  1. an introductory textbook
  2. any igniter that is used to initiate the burning of a propellant
    Synonym(s): fuse, fuze, fusee, fuzee, primer, priming
  3. the first or preliminary coat of paint or size applied to a surface
    Synonym(s): flat coat, ground, primer, priming, primer coat, priming coat, undercoat
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.] [bd]The primer English
      kings.[b8] --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.
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