Definitions English

  • First or highest in rank, quality, or importance; principal.
  • Being or standing first in a list, series, or sequence.
  • Occurring first in time or sequence; earliest.
  • Being or existing as the first or earliest of a kind; primitive.
  • Geology Characteristic of or existing in a rock at the time of its formation.
  • Serving as or being an essential component, as of a system; basic. See Synonyms at chief.
  • Immediate; direct: a primary effect; a primary information source.
  • Preliminary to a later stage in a continuing process: primary training.
  • Of or relating to a primary school: the primary grades.
  • Of or relating to a primary color or colors.
  • Linguistics Having a word root or other linguistic element as a basis that cannot be further analyzed or broken down. Used of the derivation of a word or word element.
  • Linguistics Referring to present or future time. Used as a collective designation for various present and future verb tenses in Latin, Greek, and Sanskrit.
  • Electronics Of, relating to, or constituting an inducting current, circuit, or coil.
  • Of, relating to, or designating the main flight feathers projecting along the outer edge of a bird's wing.
  • Of or relating to agriculture, forestry, the industries that extract natural materials from the earth, or the products so obtained: a primary commodity.
  • Chemistry Relating to the replacement of one of several atoms or radicals in a compound by another atom or radical.
  • Chemistry Having a carbon atom attached solely to one other carbon atom in a molecule.
  • Botany Of, relating to, or derived from a primary meristem.
  • One that is first in time, order, or sequence.
  • One that is first or best in degree, quality, or importance.
  • One that is fundamental, basic, or elemental.
  • A meeting of the registered voters of a political party for the purpose of nominating candidates and for choosing delegates to their party convention.
  • A preliminary election in which the registered voters of a political party nominate candidates for office.
  • A primary color.
  • A primary flight feather.