- 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
How to use primary in a sentence
Scruff believes that sex is not the primary concern of users.
Like many trans users, Transartist often gets used as a source of information more than anything else.
According to a Yemeni intelligence source, Saïd met with the notorious U.S. preacher Anwar al Awlaki.
Jettison your lawyers as a source of prison-yard guidance, Abramoff said.Abramoff’s Advice for Virginia’s New Jailhouse Guv|Tim Mak, Jackie Kucinich|January 7, 2015|DAILY BEAST
She claims the FBI tried to enlist her as a cooperating source in their investigation.
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.
The old earl's property, the source of his wealth, as from his title the reader will have shrewdly guessed, was in collieries.The Pit Town Coronet, Volume I (of 3)|Charles James Wills
An extraordinary eruption of mount Vesuvius commenced, which in ten days had advanced ten miles from its original source.The Every Day Book of History and Chronology|Joel Munsell
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
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 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.