Definition of Prime

1. Noun. A number that has no factor but itself and 1.

Exact synonyms: Prime Quantity
Generic synonyms: Number
Specialized synonyms: Prime Number

2. Verb. Insert a primer into (a gun, mine, or charge) preparatory to detonation or firing. "Prime a mine"
Generic synonyms: Fix, Gear Up, Prepare, Ready, Set, Set Up
Derivative terms: Primer

3. Adjective. First in rank or degree. "The prime minister"
Exact synonyms: Premier
Similar to: First
Derivative terms: Premier, Premier

4. Noun. The period of greatest prosperity or productivity.
Exact synonyms: Bloom, Blossom, Efflorescence, Flower, Flush, Heyday, Peak
Generic synonyms: Period, Period Of Time, Time Period
Specialized synonyms: Golden Age
Derivative terms: Blossom, Flush

5. Verb. Cover with a primer; apply a primer to. "They want to prime the doors"
Exact synonyms: Ground, Undercoat
Generic synonyms: Paint
Derivative terms: Ground, Primer, Undercoat, Undercoat

6. Adjective. Used of the first or originating agent. ; "Prime mover"
Similar to: First

7. Noun. The second canonical hour; about 6 a.m..
Generic synonyms: Canonical Hour

8. Verb. Fill with priming liquid. "Prime a car engine"
Generic synonyms: Fill, Fill Up, Make Full

9. Adjective. Of superior grade. "Select peaches"
Exact synonyms: Choice, Prize, Quality, Select
Similar to: Superior
Derivative terms: Choiceness

10. Noun. The time of maturity when power and vigor are greatest.
Exact synonyms: Prime Of Life
Generic synonyms: Adulthood, Maturity

11. Adjective. Of or relating to or being an integer that cannot be factored into other integers. "Prime number"
Category relationships: Math, Mathematics, Maths
Partainyms: Prime Number

12. Adjective. Being at the best stage of development. "Our manhood's prime vigor"
Exact synonyms: Meridian
Similar to: Mature
Derivative terms: Meridian

Definition of Prime

1. a. First in order of time; original; primeval; primitive; primary.

2. n. The first part; the earliest stage; the beginning or opening, as of the day, the year, etc.; hence, the dawn; the spring.

3. v. t. To apply priming to, as a musket or a cannon; to apply a primer to, as a metallic cartridge.

4. v. i. To be renewed, or as at first.

5. a. Divisible by no number except itself or unity; as, 7 is a prime number.

Definition of Prime

1. Adjective. First in importance, degree, or rank. ¹

2. Adjective. First in time, order, or sequence ¹

3. Adjective. First in excellence, quality, or value. ¹

4. Adjective. (mathematics lay) Having exactly two integral factors: itself and unity (1 in the case of integers). ¹

5. Adjective. (mathematics technical) Such that if it divides a product, it divides one of the multiplicands. ¹

6. Adjective. (mathematics) Having its complement closed under multiplication: said only of ideals. ¹

7. Noun. (Christianity historical) One of the daily offices of prayer of the Western Church, associated with the early morning (typically 6 a.m.). ¹

8. Noun. (obsolete) The early morning. ¹

9. Noun. (rare) The earliest stage of something. ¹

10. Noun. The most active, thriving, or successful stage or period. ¹

11. Noun. The chief or best individual or part. ¹

12. Noun. (music) The first note or tone of a musical scale. ¹

13. Noun. (fencing) The first defensive position, with the sword hand held at head height, and the tip of the sword at head height. ¹

14. Noun. (context: algebra number theory) A prime element of a mathematical structure, particularly a prime number. ¹

15. Noun. (card games) A four-card hand containing one card of each suit in the game of primero; the opposite of a flush in poker. ¹

16. Noun. (backgammon) Six consecutive blocks, which prevent the opponent's pieces from passing. ¹

17. Noun. The symbol: ? ¹

18. Verb. (transitive) To prepare a mechanism for its main work. ¹

19. Verb. (transitive) To apply a coat of primer paint to. ¹

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Definition of Prime

1. to make ready [v PRIMED, PRIMING, PRIMES] - See also: ready

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Prime

prime (current term)
prime constellation
prime contract
prime decomposition
prime directive
prime directives
prime factor
prime factorization
prime factors
prime formula
prime implicant

Literary usage of Prime

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1. Encyclopaedia Britannica, a Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, Literature and edited by Hugh Chisholm (1910)
"A number (other than i) which is not a prime number is called a composite number. ... Hence, if a number has factors, one at least of these must be a prime. ..."

2. The Thirteen Books of Euclid's Elements by Euclid, Johan Ludvig Heiberg (1908)
"Euclid takes d equal to a, so that d, a are both prime to b. ... If two numbers be prime to two numbers, both to each, their products also will be prime to ..."

3. The Encyclopedia Americana: A Library of Universal Knowledge (1919)
"prime MINISTER, the title of the premier, secretary of state or other officer ... Yet as prime minister he enjoys no legal precedence over his colleagues, ..."

4. The Catholic Encyclopedia: An International Work of Reference on the by Charles George Herbermann, Edward Aloysius Pace, Condé Bénoist Pallen, Thomas Joseph Shahan, John Joseph Wynne (1913)
"Such at least was the original composition of prime; but the monasteries which ... St. Benedict orders to be recited at prime on Sundays four groups of ..."

5. Principles of Economics by Alfred Marshall (1890)
"These two elements together make its (Money) Total coat, TOTAL COST. tary and We may follow ordinary usage, and take the term prime Prune cost Cost in a ..."

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