English adjective: primary
|1.||primary of first rank or importance or value; direct and immediate rather than secondary|
A primary effect.
A primary interest.
|Similar||capital, direct, first-string, firsthand, original, particular, special|
|See also||essential, first, original|
|2.||primary not derived from or reducible to something else; basic|
|Samples||A primary instinct.|
|3.||primary most important element|
|Samples||The chief aim of living.|
The main doors were of solid glass.
The principal rivers of America.
The principal example.
Policemen were primary targets.
The master bedroom.
A master switch.
|Synonyms||chief, main, master, principal|
|Similar||important, of import|
|4.||primary of or being the essential or basic part|
|Samples||An elementary need for love and nurturing.|
|5.||primary of primary importance|
English noun: primary
|1.||primary (act) a preliminary election where delegates or nominees are chosen|
|Narrower (hyponym)||direct primary|
|2.||primary (animal) one of the main flight feathers projecting along the outer edge of a bird's wing|
|Synonyms||primary feather, primary quill|
|Broader (hypernym)||flight feather, pinion, quill, quill feather|
|3.||primary (object) (astronomy) a celestial body (especially a star) relative to other objects in orbit around it|
|Broader (hypernym)||celestial body, heavenly body|
|Domain category||astronomy, uranology|
|4.||primary (artifact) coil forming the part of an electrical circuit such that changing current in it induces a current in a neighboring circuit|
|Samples||Current through the primary coil induces current in the secondary coil.|
|Synonyms||primary coil, primary winding|