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English adjective: prime

1. prime first in rank or degree


SamplesAn architect of premier rank.
The prime minister.


Synonymspremier


Similarfirst


Antonymslast

2. prime used of the first or originating agent


SamplesPrime mover.


Similarfirst


Antonymslast

3. prime of superior grade


SamplesChoice wines.
Prime beef.
Prize carnations.
Quality paper.
Select peaches.


Synonymschoice, prize, quality, select


Similarsuperior


Antonymsinferior

4. prime of or relating to or being an integer that cannot be factored into other integers


SamplesPrime number.


Domain categorymath, mathematics, maths

5. prime being at the best stage of development


SamplesOur manhood's prime vigor.


Synonymsmeridian


Similarmature


Antonymsimmature


English noun: prime

1. prime (quantity) a number that has no factor but itself and 1


Synonymsprime quantity


Broader (hypernym)number


Narrower (hyponym)prime number

2. prime (time) the period of greatest prosperity or productivity


Synonymsbloom, blossom, efflorescence, flower, flush, heyday, peak


Broader (hypernym)period, period of time, time period


Narrower (hyponym)golden age

3. prime (time) the second canonical hour; about 6 a.m.


Broader (hypernym)canonical hour

4. prime (time) the time of maturity when power and vigor are greatest


Synonymsprime of life


Broader (hypernym)adulthood, maturity


English verb: prime

1. prime (change) insert a primer into (a gun, mine, or charge) preparatory to detonation or firing


SamplesPrime a cannon.
Prime a mine.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s somebody.
Something ----s something.
Somebody ----s something PP


Broader (hypernym)fix, gear up, prepare, ready, set, set up

2. prime (contact) cover with a primer; apply a primer to


ExamplesThey want to prime the doors


Synonymsground, undercoat


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something


Broader (hypernym)paint

3. prime (change) fill with priming liquid


SamplesPrime a car engine.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something


Broader (hypernym)fill, fill up, make full









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