- prime ribs,
- prime the pump,
- prime time,
- prime vertical,
Origin of primer1
Origin of primer2
- 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.
verb (used with object), primed, prim·ing.
verb (used without object), primed, prim·ing.
Origin of prime
Examples from the Web for primer
Like Edgar, he remembers a unique time when American rappers came down and performed at the Primer Festival de Rap Cubano.
Ahead of ‘Star Trek Into Darkness,’ Sujay Kumar offers a primer on the voyages of the Starship Enterprise.‘Star Trek’ for Dummies: Get Ready for ‘Into Darkness’ With Our Primer|Sujay Kumar|May 14, 2013|DAILY BEAST
A primer to the career of the man who just became one of the most important figures in sports.Meet Jason Collins, the First Gay Athlete in Major American Sports|Kevin Fallon|April 29, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Nine years ago he dazzled audiences with his $7,000 time-travel flick ‘Primer.’‘Upstream Color,’ Shane Carruth’s Sci-Fi Drama, Is the Year’s Craziest Film (So Far)|Marlow Stern|April 6, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Below, a primer on what we know about the drone program—and what we still need to find out.
He found that the only way he could keep it running well enough to stay in the air was to work the primer pump.The Biography of a Rabbit|Roy Benson
This book is planned on a method similar to the ‘Primer of Tennyson.’A Catalogue of Books and Announcements of Methuen and Company, March 1897|Methuen and Company
Yes, sir; it shows just a portion of the primer, and a very small portion of the firing-pin impression.
Now, the primer is made out of a very soft metal that can be dented.
As a primer is used by a child to acquire by degrees, principles and a spirit.Sermons Preached at Brighton|Frederick W. Robertson
Word Origin for primer
Word Origin for primer
- 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
Word Origin for prime
late 14c., "prayer-book," also "school book" (senses not distinguished in Middle Ages, as reading was taught from prayer books), from Medieval Latin primarius, from Latin primus "first" (see prime (adj.)). The word also might be all or in part from prime (n.) on the same notion as a "Book of Hours." Meaning "small introductory book on any topic" is from 1807.
"explosive cap," 1819, agent noun from prime (v.).
"first layer of dye or paint," 1680s, from prime (v.).
late 14c., "first in order," from Latin primus "first, the first, first part," figuratively "chief, principal; excellent, distinguished, noble" (source also of Italian and Spanish primo), from pre-Italic *prismos, superlative of PIE *preis- "before," from root *per- (1) "beyond, through" (see per).
Meaning "first in importance" is from 1610s in English; that of "first-rate" is from 1620s. Arithmetical sense (e.g. prime number) is from 1560s; prime meridian is from 1878. Prime time originally (c.1500) meant "spring time;" broadcasting sense of "peak tuning-in period" is attested from 1961.
"earliest canonical hour" (6 a.m.), Old English prim, from Medieval Latin prima "the first service," from Latin prima hora "the first hour" (of the Roman day). Meaning "most vigorous stage" first recorded 1530s; specifically "springtime of human life" (often meaning ages roughly 21 to 28) is from 1590s. In classical Latin, noun uses of the adjective meant "first part, beginning; leading place."
"to fill, charge, load" (a weapon), 1510s, probably from prime (adj.). Meaning "to cover with a first coat of paint or dye" is from c.1600. To prime a pump (c.1840) meant to pour water down the tube, which saturated the sucking mechanism and made it draw up water more readily. Related: Primed; priming.
In addition to the idioms beginning with prime
- prime mover
- prime of life
- prime the pump
- past one's prime