- prime number.
- one of the equal parts into which a unit is primarily divided.
- the mark (′) indicating such a division: a, a′.
- unison (def. 2).
- (in a scale) the tonic or keynote.
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What is a basic definition of prime?
The word prime is used in mathematics to refer to a prime number, a number that can only be divided by itself or the number 1 to equal a whole number. The word prime can be used to describe something as the most important or most relevant among other similar things, like a prime example or a prime suspect. The word prime has many other senses as an adjective, noun, and verb.
A number is considered to be a prime number if it can only be divided by itself and 1 to get a whole number, meaning there is no fractional or decimal remainder.
- Real-life example: The number 7 is a prime number. It can be divided by itself to equal 1 or by 1 to equal 7. Dividing 7 by any other number will not result in a whole number. For example, 7 divided by 2 is 3.5 (3 ½). Numbers that aren’t prime are called composite numbers. The number 6, for example, is a composite number because it can be divided by 3 to equal 2, which is a whole number. The numbers 3, 5, 7, 11, 13, and 17 are examples of prime numbers.
- Used in a sentence: The number 51 is not a prime number because it can be divided by 3 to get 17.
- Real-life example: If a high school student’s grades are the prime factor that a college considers when reviewing their application, this means it is the most important thing being considered. Your mom might say that you lying to her is the prime reason she is grounding you. This means that the lie was the most important reason and the fact that you didn’t clean your room or walk the dog are less important reasons.
- Used in a sentence: Studying before taking tests is the prime factor that will determine if you pass or fail a class.
The word prime is also used as an adjective to describe something as the most relevant or significant.
- Real-life example: Your teacher might say that Bill Gates is a prime example of how learning about computers can lead to success in life, meaning he is the best example.
- Used in a sentence: The fact that my sister gave me $100 with no questions asked is a prime example of her generosity.
Where does prime come from?
The first records of the word prime come from before 1000. It ultimately comes from the Latin prīmus, meaning “first.” The noun use of prime came first from the Latin prīma hora, meaning “the first hour.”
Things that are described as prime are often first in importance and first in significance among other similar things.
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What are some other forms related to prime?
- primeness (noun)
- primely (adverb)
- nonprime (adjective)
- self-primed (adjective)
What are some synonyms for prime?
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How is prime used in real life?
Prime is an extremely common word with many meanings. It is often used to mean “first” or “top.”
Being 23 keeps me at peace because it’s a prime number. I’m terrified to turn 24 it’s too divisible
— jillian (@Jillianhalmos) November 16, 2020
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— PMO India (@PMOIndia) November 19, 2020
RIP Alex Trebek.
The prime example of consistency and decency.
— Pomp 🌪 (@APompliano) November 8, 2020
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How to use prime in a sentence
It will be Biden’s first prime-time town hall since accepting the Democratic nomination.Election live updates: Trump returns to Wisconsin; Biden to face live audience at town hall|Colby Itkowitz, Felicia Sonmez, John Wagner|September 17, 2020|Washington Post
So if the pathogen returns, the cell is already primed to respond faster.‘Trained Immunity’ Offers Hope in Fight Against Coronavirus|Esther Landhuis|September 14, 2020|Quanta Magazine
The overnight nationwide lockdown announced by prime minister Narendra Modi on March 24 forced over 10 million migrant labourers to return to their home states.India’s harsh Covid-19 lockdown displaced at least 10 million migrants|Niharika Sharma|September 14, 2020|Quartz
Birgitte’s prime ministership is certainly historic, but when it comes time for her to actually accomplish anything of note, she struggles to get things done.One Good Thing: A Danish drama perfect for political devotees, now on Netflix|Emily VanDerWerff|September 11, 2020|Vox
The most common digital encryption technique, RSA, which was invented in 1977, is based on multiplying two large prime numbers.Quantum computers threaten to end digital security. Here’s what’s being done about it|Jeremy Kahn|September 11, 2020|Fortune
Domestically, the prime minister maintains the dubious line that he is the only man who can keep the still-fragile peace.
Hamish Marshall himself is a former staffer of Prime Minister Harper.How Canadian Oilmen Pinkwash the Keystone Pipeline|Jay Michaelson|December 28, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Castro actually flew up to Montreal to be a pallbearer at the 2000 funeral of a beloved Canadian Prime Minister, Pierre Trudeau.
A prime example: your “real name” policy, which unfairly targeted the LGBTQ community.10 Things That Made Us Want to Turn Off the Internet Forever in 2014|The Daily Beast|December 15, 2014|DAILY BEAST
When they were working together, 35 years ago, she was in her prime and one of the most beautiful women in the world.Alfred Hitchcock’s Fade to Black: The Great Director’s Final Days|David Freeman|December 13, 2014|DAILY BEAST
But,” said the prime minister of Flatland, starting a difficulty, “who is to be greatest chief?The Giant of the North|R.M. Ballantyne
The Minister pointed out to them the attendant difficulties, and referred them to the Prime Minister.The Philippine Islands|John Foreman
Even then the Prime Minister was with difficulty prevented from bowling during forbidden hours.
Thimbletoes doesn't fancy that, you know, because the Prime Minister has all the honey he wants, by way of a salary.Davy and The Goblin|Charles E. Carryl
Spencer Perceval, prime minister of Great Britain, shot in the lobby of the house of commons.The Every Day Book of History and Chronology|Joel Munsell
British Dictionary definitions for prime
- having no factors except itself or onex² + x + 3 is a prime polynomial
- (foll by to) having no common factors (with)20 is prime to 21
- the tonic of a scale
Derived forms of primeprimely, adverbprimeness, noun
Word Origin for prime
Other Idioms and Phrases with prime
In addition to the idioms beginning with prime
- prime mover
- prime of life
- prime the pump
- past one's prime