Related formsself-prim·ing, adjective
Definition for priming (2 of 2)
- 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
Examples from the Web for priming
When fathers hold and play with their children, oxytocin and prolactin kick in, priming them for bonding.
And, of course, there was the infamous statement that Ben Bernanke would be committing “treason” by priming the economy.
Blankets had been rolled up and strapped, haversacks and bags properly repacked, a last look taken to flints and priming.In the Valley|Harold Frederic
We had also to look to the priming of our rifles, as they were likely to have got damp, and might fail us at a pinch.In the Rocky Mountains|W. H. G. Kingston
Graining out of surfaces often results from priming a surface too soon as well as too late.Practical Carriage and Wagon Painting|Mayton Clarence Hillick
Thinking thus, he unslung his gun, and examined carefully the priming, holding himself in readiness for any emergency.The Knight of the Golden Melice|John Turvill Adams
When priming occurs at starting, the discharge-cocks of the cylinders should be opened to remove the water.Practical Rules for the Management of a Locomotive Engine|Charles Hutton Gregory
British Dictionary definitions for priming (1 of 2)
British Dictionary definitions for priming (2 of 2)
- 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 Formsprimely, adverbprimeness, noun
Word Origin for prime
Idioms and Phrases with priming
In addition to the idioms beginning with prime
- prime mover
- prime of life
- prime the pump
- past one's prime