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English Dictionary: priming by the DICT Development Group
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
  1. the act of making something ready
  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]:
   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.
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