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English adjective: primary

1. primary of first rank or importance or value; direct and immediate rather than secondary

SamplesPrimary goals.
A primary effect.
Primary sources.
A primary interest.

Similarcapital, direct, first-string, firsthand, original, particular, special

See alsoessential, first, original


2. primary not derived from or reducible to something else; basic

SamplesA primary instinct.



3. primary most important element

SamplesThe 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.

Synonymschief, main, master, principal

Similarimportant, of import


4. primary of or being the essential or basic part

SamplesAn elementary need for love and nurturing.

Synonymselemental, elementary


Antonymsincidental, incident

5. primary of primary importance



Antonymsinessential, unessential

English noun: primary

1. primary (act) a preliminary election where delegates or nominees are chosen

Synonymsprimary election

Broader (hypernym)election

Narrower (hyponym)direct primary

2. primary (animal) one of the main flight feathers projecting along the outer edge of a bird's wing

Synonymsprimary 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 categoryastronomy, 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

SamplesCurrent through the primary coil induces current in the secondary coil.

Synonymsprimary coil, primary winding

Broader (hypernym)coil

Part meronymtransformer

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