Origin of priming
- 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
Synonyms for prime
Related Words for primingcoach, move, rehearse, fit, motivate, groom, excite, brief, tell, inform, clue, train, galvanize, cram, provoke, stimulate, notify, innervate, prep
Examples from the Web for priming
Contemporary Examples of priming
When fathers hold and play with their children, oxytocin and prolactin kick in, priming them for bonding.How Good Dads Can Change the World
Gary Barker, PhD, Michael Kaufman
January 6, 2015
And, of course, there was the infamous statement that Ben Bernanke would be committing “treason” by priming the economy.Perry: King of the Know-Nothings
August 19, 2011
Historical Examples of priming
I saw that they were cutting their matches and arranging their priming.'Micah Clarke
Arthur Conan Doyle
His next freak was to snatch his pistol and look to the priming.Simon Dale
There must be more behind: this is but the first flash, the priming of her engine.The Comedies of William Congreve
He brought forward his gun as he spoke, and examined the priming.The Wild Man of the West
Boarders, see to the priming of your pistols, and be ready to follow me presently.Two Gallant Sons of Devon
- 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
"first coat of paint," c.1600, verbal noun from prime (v.). Meaning "gunpowder in the pan of a firearm" is from 1590s.
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