- primitive baptist,
- primitive cell,
- primitive church
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
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
- 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