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PRIMARY

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does primary mean? 

PRIMARY (noun)
  The noun PRIMARY has 3 senses:

1. a preliminary election where delegates or nominees are chosen
2. one of the main flight feathers projecting along the outer edge of a bird's wing
3. coil forming the part of an electrical circuit such that changing current in it induces a current in a neighboring circuit

  Familiarity information: PRIMARY used as a noun is uncommon.


PRIMARY (adjective)
  The adjective PRIMARY has 5 senses:

1. of first rank or importance or value; direct and immediate rather than secondhand
2. not derived from or reducible to something else; basic
3. most important element
4. of or being the essential or basic part
5. of primary importance

  Familiarity information: PRIMARY used as an adjective is common.


 Dictionary entry details 


PRIMARY (noun)


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Meaning:

A preliminary election where delegates or nominees are chosen

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Synonyms:

primary; primary election

Hypernyms ("primary" is a kind of...):

election (a vote to select the winner of a position or political office)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "primary"):

direct primary (a primary where voters directly select the candidates who will run for office)


Sense 2primary [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

One of the main flight feathers projecting along the outer edge of a bird's wing

Classified under:

Nouns denoting animals

Synonyms:

primary feather; primary quill; primary

Hypernyms ("primary" is a kind of...):

flight feather; pinion; quill; quill feather (any of the larger wing or tail feathers of a bird)


Sense 3primary [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Coil forming the part of an electrical circuit such that changing current in it induces a current in a neighboring circuit

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

Synonyms:

primary coil; primary winding; primary

Context example:

current through the primary coil induces current in the secondary coil

Hypernyms ("primary" is a kind of...):

coil (reactor consisting of a spiral of insulated wire that introduces inductance into a circuit)

Holonyms ("primary" is a part of...):

transformer (an electrical device by which alternating current of one voltage is changed to another voltage)


PRIMARY (adjective)


Sense 1primary [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Of first rank or importance or value; direct and immediate rather than secondhand

Context examples:

primary goals / a primary effect / primary sources / a primary interest

Similar:

direct (being an immediate result or consequence)

capital (of primary important)

first-string (being a regular member of a team)

original ((of e.g. information) not secondhand or by way of something intermediary)

particular; special (first and most important)

firsthand (received directly from a source)

Also:

original (being or productive of something fresh and unusual; or being as first made or thought of)

first (preceding all others in time or space or degree)

essential (basic and fundamental)

Antonym:

secondary (being of second rank or importance or value; not direct or immediate)


Sense 2primary [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Not derived from or reducible to something else; basic

Context example:

a primary instinct

Similar:

underived (not derived; primary or simple)


Sense 3primary [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Most important element

Synonyms:

chief; main; principal; primary

Context examples:

the chief aim of living / the main doors were of solid glass / the principal rivers of America / the principal example / policemen were primary targets

Similar:

important; of import (of great significance or value)


Sense 4primary [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Of or being the essential or basic part

Synonyms:

elementary; elemental; primary

Context example:

an elementary need for love and nurturing

Similar:

basic (pertaining to or constituting a base or basis)


Sense 5primary [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Of primary importance

Synonyms:

basal; primary

Similar:

essential (basic and fundamental)


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