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English adjective: prime

1. prime first in rank or degree

SamplesAn architect of premier rank.
The prime minister.




2. prime used of the first or originating agent

SamplesPrime mover.



3. prime of superior grade

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

Synonymschoice, prize, quality, select



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.




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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