- original; not derived or subordinate; fundamental; basic.
- (in scholarly studies) pertaining to or being a firsthand account, original data, etc., or based on direct knowledge, as in primary source; primary research.
- involving or obtained by replacement of one atom or group.
- noting or containing a carbon atom united to no other or to only one other carbon atom in a molecule.
- (of a derivative) having a root or other unanalyzable element as the underlying form: The word "dole" is a primary derivative formed by modification of "deal," and "phonograph" is a primary derivative from "phono-" and "-graph."
- (of Latin, Greek, Sanskrit tenses) having reference to present or future time.Compare secondary (def. 10).
- Also called primary election. a preliminary election in which voters of each party nominate candidates for office, party officers, etc.Compare closed primary, direct primary, indirect primary, open primary.
- a meeting of the voters of a political party in an election district for nominating candidates for office, choosing delegates for a convention, etc.; caucus.
- a body in relation to a smaller body or smaller bodies revolving around it, as a planet in relation to its satellites.
- the brighter of the two stars comprising a double star.Compare companion1 (def. 6).
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OTHER WORDS FROM primarypri·ma·ri·ness, nounpost·pri·ma·ry, adjectivesub·pri·ma·ry, adjective
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How to use primary in a sentence
The primary piece of Clubhouse’s user recommendation engine relies on access to your contacts.You’ve been invited to Clubhouse. Your privacy hasn’t.|Sara Morrison|February 12, 2021|Vox
She says they would benefit the entire region, but primary El Salvador because the Legislative Assembly has either blocked or ignored.Ruby Corado backs transgender Central American Parliament candidate|Michael K. Lavers|February 11, 2021|Washington Blade
His primary concern, however, is helping lift Schalke from the bottom of the Bundesliga.Matthew Hoppe was a little-known American soccer player — until he reached the Bundesliga|Steven Goff|February 11, 2021|Washington Post
The commission’s primary collection method is to send letters, but they weren’t sent on time and, in some cases, weren’t sent at all, the audit found.Utility Companies Owe Millions to This State Regulatory Agency. The Problem? The Agency Can’t Track What It’s Owed.|by Scott Morris, Bay City News Foundation|February 10, 2021|ProPublica
It is also documented that coyotes are a primary predator of urban Canada goose nests.Four wild animals that are thriving in cities|By Ryan Chelius/Outdoor Life|February 9, 2021|Popular-Science
Scruff believes that sex is not the primary concern of users.Grindr’s Trans Dating Problem|David Levesley|January 9, 2015|DAILY BEAST
He has picked pre-primary brawls with Christie, Perry, and Marco Rubio.Rand Paul’s Passive-Aggressive Trolling Campaign|Olivia Nuzzi|January 6, 2015|DAILY BEAST
“You try to always scratch where the itch is,” Huckabee said about his campaigning and rhetoric in the 2008 primary.Why This Liberal Hearts Huckabee|Sally Kohn|January 6, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Even then, most of us doubted he would show up and actually sign the papers allowing him to enter the 1992 New Hampshire primary.President Cuomo Would’ve Been a Lion|Jonathan Alter|January 2, 2015|DAILY BEAST
It was Dec. 20, 1991, the deadline for the New Hampshire primary.Mario Cuomo, a Frustrating Hero to Democrats, Is Dead at 82|Eleanor Clift|January 2, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Besides this fundamental or primary vibration, the movement divides itself into segments, or sections, of the entire length.
What the ear hears is the fundamental pitch only; the overtones harmonize with the primary or fundamental tone, and enrich it.
That—and no existing institution and no current issue—is the primary concern of the present age.The Salvaging Of Civilisation|H. G. (Herbert George) Wells
He also instituted primary schools in every commune, and started an cole Normale for the training of teachers.Napoleon's Marshals|R. P. Dunn-Pattison
Primary anemia is that which progresses without apparent cause.A Manual of Clinical Diagnosis|James Campbell Todd
British Dictionary definitions for primary
- being the part of an electric circuit, such as a transformer or induction coil, in which a changing current induces a current in a neighbouring circuita primary coil
- (of a current) flowing in such a circuitCompare secondary
- (of a product) consisting of a natural raw material; unmanufactured
- (of production or industry) involving the extraction or winning of such products. Agriculture, fishing, forestry, hunting, and mining are primary industriesCompare secondary (def. 7), tertiary (def. 3)
- (of an organic compound) having a functional group attached to a carbon atom that is attached to at least two hydrogen atoms
- (of an amine) having only one organic group attached to the nitrogen atom; containing the group NH 2
- (of a salt) derived from a tribasic acid by replacement of one acidic hydrogen atom with a metal atom or electropositive group
- derived from a word that is not a derivation but the ultimate form itself. Lovable is a primary derivative of love
- (of Latin, Greek, or Sanskrit tenses) referring to present or future timeCompare historic (def. 3)
- a preliminary election in which the voters of a state or region choose a party's convention delegates, nominees for office, etcSee also closed primary, direct primary, open primary
- a local meeting of voters registered with one party to nominate candidates, select convention delegates, etc
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Scientific definitions for primary
- Relating to or having a carbon atom that is attached to only one other carbon atom in a molecule.
- Relating to an organic molecule, such as an alcohol, in which the functional group is attached to a primary carbon. A primary alcohol, for example, has the hydroxyl (OH) group attached to the last carbon in a chain.
- Arising first and spontaneously, as a disease, disorder, or tumor, and not as a result of a known medical condition or injury.
- Relating to the first set of teeth that develops in humans.