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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


Antonymssecondary

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


SamplesA primary instinct.


Similarunderived


Antonymsderived

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


Antonymsunimportant

4. primary of or being the essential or basic part


SamplesAn elementary need for love and nurturing.


Synonymselemental, elementary


Similarbasic


Antonymsincidental, incident

5. primary of primary importance


Synonymsbasal


Similaressential


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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