a.1.First in order of time; original; primeval; primitive; primary.
She was not the prime cause, but I myself.
- Milton.
2.First in rank, degree, dignity, authority, or importance; as, prime minister.
3.First in excellence; of highest quality; as, prime wheat; a prime quality of cloth.
4.Early; blooming; being in the first stage.
5.Lecherous; lustful; lewd.
6.Marked or distinguished by a mark (´) called a prime mark.
7.(Math.) Divisible by no number except itself or unity; as, 7 is a prime number.
Prime and ultimate ratio
(Math.) See Ultimate.
Prime conductor
(Elec.) See under Conductor.
Prime factor
(Arith.) a factor which is a prime number.
Prime figure
(Geom.) a figure which can not be divided into any other figure more simple than itself, as a triangle, a pyramid, etc.
Prime meridian
(Astron.) the meridian from which longitude is reckoned, as the meridian of Greenwich or Washington.
Prime minister
the responsible head of a ministry or executive government; applied particularly to that of England.
Prime mover
a - (Mech.) A natural agency applied by man to the production of power. Especially: Muscular force; the weight and motion of fluids, as water and air; heat obtained by chemical combination, and applied to produce changes in the volume and pressure of steam, air, or other fluids; and electricity, obtained by chemical action, and applied to produce alternation of magnetic force.
b - An engine, or machine, the object of which is to receive and modify force and motion as supplied by some natural source, and apply them to drive other machines; as a water wheel, a water-pressure engine, a steam engine, a hot-air engine, etc.
c - The original or the most effective force in any undertaking or work; as, Clarkson was the prime mover in English antislavery agitation.
Prime number
(Arith.) a number which is exactly divisible by no number except itself or unity, as 5, 7, 11.
Prime vertical
(Astron.) the vertical circle which passes through the east and west points of the horizon.
Prime-vertical dial
a dial in which the shadow is projected on the plane of the prime vertical.
Prime-vertical transit instrument
a transit instrument the telescope of which revolves in the plane of the prime vertical, - used for observing the transit of stars over this circle.
n.1.The first part; the earliest stage; the beginning or opening, as of the day, the year, etc.; hence, the dawn; the spring.
In the very prime of the world.
- Hooker.
Hope waits upon the flowery prime.
- Waller.
2.The spring of life; youth; hence, full health, strength, or beauty; perfection.
3.That which is first in quantity; the most excellent portion; the best part.
Give him always of the prime.
- Swift.
4.(R. C. Ch.) The morning; specifically (R. C. Ch.), the first canonical hour, succeeding to lauds.
Early and late it rung, at evening and at prime.
- Spenser.
5.(Fencing) The first of the chief guards.
6.(Chem.) Any number expressing the combining weight or equivalent of any particular element; - so called because these numbers were respectively reduced to their lowest relative terms on the fixed standard of hydrogen as 1.
7.(Arith.) A prime number. See under Prime, a.
8.An inch, as composed of twelve seconds in the duodecimal system; - denoted by [´]. See 2d Inch, n., 1.
Prime of the moon
the new moon at its first appearance.
v. t.1.To apply priming to, as a musket or a cannon; to apply a primer to, as a metallic cartridge.
[imp. & p. p. Primed ; p. pr. & vb. n. Priming.]
2.To lay the first color, coating, or preparation upon (a surface), as in painting; as, to prime a canvas, a wall.
3.To prepare; to make ready; to instruct beforehand; to post; to coach; as, to prime a witness; the boys are primed for mischief.
4.To trim or prune, as trees.
5.(Math.) To mark with a prime mark.
To prime a pump
to charge a pump with water, in order to put it in working condition.
v. i.1.To be renewed, or as at first.
2.To serve as priming for the charge of a gun.
3.To work so that foaming occurs from too violent ebullition, which causes water to become mixed with, and be carried along with, the steam that is formed; - said of a steam boiler.
Noun1.Primeprime - a number that has no factor but itself and 1
Synonyms: prime quantity
2.prime - the period of greatest prosperity or productivity
3.prime - the second canonical hour; about 6 a.m.
4.prime - the time of maturity when power and vigor are greatest
Synonyms: prime of life
Verb1.prime - insert a primer into (a gun, mine, charge, etc.) preparatory to detonation or firing; "prime a cannon"; "prime a mine"
2.prime - cover with a primer; apply a primer to
Synonyms: undercoat, ground
3.prime - fill with priming liquid; "prime a car engine"
Adj.1.prime - first in rank or degree; "an architect of premier rank"; "the prime minister"
Synonyms: premier
2.prime - used of the first or originating agent; "prime mover"
3.prime - of superior grade; "choice wines"; "prime beef"; "prize carnations"; "quality paper"; "select peaches"
Synonyms: choice, prize, quality, select
4.prime - of or relating to or being an integer that cannot be factored into other integers; "prime number"
5.prime - at the best stage; "our manhood's prime vigor"- Robert Browning
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