Origin of primer1
- a person or thing that primes.
- a cap, cylinder, etc., containing a compound that may be exploded by percussion or other means, used for firing a charge of powder.
- a first coat or layer of paint, size, etc., given to any surface as a base, sealer, or the like.
Origin of primer2
Examples from the Web for primers
Through his aunt, Rüdiger received books from his father, such as primers on how to learn English.Hunting Down Aribert Heim, Egypt’s Hidden Nazi
Nicholas Kulish, Souad Mekhennet
March 24, 2014
Please say how many you need and what else beside the first readers and primers you need.Secret Armies
John L. Spivak
These primers are so condensed that nothing should be omitted.Punctuation
Frederick W. Hamilton
This brought me completely to my senses, and I ran below and carried the primers on deck.Admiral Farragut
A. T. Mahan
At least, that was what McGoggin said; but I suspect he had misread his primers.The Works of Rudyard Kipling: One Volume Edition
This is the halcyon period of primers, introductions, handbooks, manuals.
- NZ informal the youngest class in a primary school
- a person or thing that primes
- a device, such as a tube containing explosive, for detonating the main charge in a gun, mine, etc
- a substance, such as paint, applied to a surface as a base, sealer, etc
Word Origin and History for primers
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.).