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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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Example sentences from the Web for reprime

  • After expanding the shell, the next operation is to reprime the shells.

  • But Mount quietly pocketed the paper and began to whistle and reprime his rifle.

    Cardigan|Robert W. Chambers
  • The men halted for a moment to get their breath and to reprime their guns.

    On the Spanish Main|John Masefield

British Dictionary definitions for reprime

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 reprime

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