priming

[ prahy-ming ]
/ ˈpraɪ mɪŋ /

noun

the powder or other material used to ignite a charge.
the act of a person or thing that primes.
material used as a primer, or a first coat or layer of paint, size, etc.

Origin of priming

First recorded in 1590–1600; prime + -ing1

OTHER WORDS FROM priming

self-prim·ing, adjective

Definition for priming (2 of 2)

Origin of prime

before 1000; 1910–15 for def 5; (adj.) Middle English (< Old French prim) < Latin prīmus first (superlative corresponding to prior prior1); (noun) in part derivative of the adj.; in part continuing Middle English prim(e) first canonical hour, Old English prim < Latin prīma (hōra) first (hour); (v.) apparently derivative of the adj.

SYNONYMS FOR prime

7 Prime, primeval, primitive have reference to that which is first. Prime means first in numerical order or order of development: prime meridian; prime cause. Primeval means belonging to the first or earliest ages: the primeval forest. Primitive suggests the characteristics of the origins or early stages of a development, and hence implies the simplicity of original things: primitive tribes, conditions, ornaments, customs, tools.

OTHER WORDS FROM prime

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British Dictionary definitions for priming (1 of 2)

priming
/ (ˈpraɪmɪŋ) /

noun

something used to prime
a substance, used to ignite an explosive charge

British Dictionary definitions for priming (2 of 2)

prime
/ (praɪm) /

adjective

noun

verb

Derived forms of prime

primely, adverbprimeness, noun

Word Origin for prime

(adj) C14: from Latin prīmus first; (n) C13: from Latin prīma (hora) the first (hour); (vb) C16: of uncertain origin, probably connected with n
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Idioms and Phrases with priming

prime

In addition to the idioms beginning with prime

  • prime mover
  • prime of life
  • prime the pump

also see:

  • past one's prime
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