Definitions English

  • First in excellence, quality, or value. See Usage Note at perfect.
  • First in degree or rank; chief. See Synonyms at chief.
  • First or early in time, order, or sequence; original.
  • Of the highest U.S. government grade of meat.
  • Mathematics Of, relating to, or being a prime number.
  • The earliest hours of the day; dawn.
  • The first season of the year; spring.
  • The age of ideal physical perfection and intellectual vigor.
  • The period or phase of ideal or peak condition. See Synonyms at bloom1.
  • The first position of thrust and parry in fencing.
  • A mark (ʹ) appended above and to the right of a character, especially:
  • One used to distinguish different values of the same variable in a mathematical expression.
  • One used to represent a unit of measurement, such as feet or minutes in latitude and longitude.
  • Ecclesiastical The second of the seven canonical hours. No longer in liturgical use.
  • Ecclesiastical The time appointed for this service, the first hour of the day or 6 A.M.
  • Mathematics A prime number.
  • A prime rate.
  • See primitive.
  • To make ready; prepare: guard dogs primed for attack.
  • To prepare (a gun or mine) for firing by inserting a charge of gunpowder or a primer.
  • To prepare for operation, as by pouring water into a pump or gasoline into a carburetor.
  • To prepare (a surface) for painting by covering with size, primer, or an undercoat.
  • To inform or instruct beforehand; coach.
  • To become prepared for future action or operation.
  • prime the pump Informal To encourage the growth or action of something.