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Definition of Prime


  1. Divisible by no number except itself or unity; as, 7 is a prime number.
  2. Having no common factor; -- used with to; as, 12 is prime to 25.
  3. First in order of time; original; primeval; primitive; primary.
  4. First in rank, degree, dignity, authority, or importance; as, prime minister.
  5. First in excellence; of highest quality; as, prime wheat; a prime quality of cloth.
  6. Early; blooming; being in the first stage.
  7. Lecherous; lustful; lewd.
  8. Marked or distinguished by a mark (') called a prime mark.
  9. The first part; the earliest stage; the beginning or opening, as of the day, the year, etc.; hence, the dawn; the spring.
  10. The spring of life; youth; hence, full health, strength, or beauty; perfection.
  11. That which is first in quantity; the most excellent portion; the best part.
  12. The morning; specifically (R. C. Ch.), the first canonical hour, succeeding to lauds.
  13. The first of the chief guards.
  14. 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.
  15. A prime number. See under Prime, a.
  16. An inch, as composed of twelve seconds in the duodecimal system; -- denoted by [']. See 2d Inch, n., 1.
  17. To apply priming to, as a musket or a cannon; to apply a primer to, as a metallic cartridge.
  18. To lay the first color, coating, or preparation upon (a surface), as in painting; as, to prime a canvas, a wall.
  19. To prepare; to make ready; to instruct beforehand; to post; to coach; as, to prime a witness; the boys are primed for mischief.
  20. To trim or prune, as trees.
  21. To mark with a prime mark.
  22. To be renewed, or as at first.
  23. To serve as priming for the charge of a gun.
  24. 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.

Prime Quotations

Green is the prime color of the world, and that from which its loveliness arises. - Pedro Calderon de la Barca
Green is the prime color of the world, and that from which its loveliness arises.
Pedro Calderon de la Barca

Our prime purpose in this life is to help others. And if you can't help them, at least don't hurt them.
Dalai Lama

My problem is that I think everybody needs to work as hard as I worked when I was in my prime.
Ric Flair

One's prime is elusive. You little girls, when you grow up, must be on the alert to recognize your prime at whatever time of your life it may occur. You must then live it to the full.
Muriel Spark

What I want to do is tell stories about normal people in the American suburbs. I don't write the book where it's a conspiracy reaching the prime minister; I don't write the book with the big serial killer who lops off heads. My setting is a very placid pool of suburbia, family life. And within that I can make pretty big splashes.
Harlan Coben
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Prime Translations

prime in German is wichtigste
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