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PRIME

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does prime mean? 

PRIME (noun)
  The noun PRIME has 4 senses:

1. a number that has no factor but itself and 1
2. the period of greatest prosperity or productivity
3. the second canonical hour; about 6 a.m.
4. the time of maturity when power and vigor are greatest

  Familiarity information: PRIME used as a noun is uncommon.


PRIME (adjective)
  The adjective PRIME has 5 senses:

1. first in rank or degree
2. used of the first or originating agent
3. of superior grade
4. of or relating to or being an integer that cannot be factored into other integers
5. being at the best stage of development

  Familiarity information: PRIME used as an adjective is common.


PRIME (verb)
  The verb PRIME has 3 senses:

1. insert a primer into (a gun, mine, or charge) preparatory to detonation or firing
2. cover with a primer; apply a primer to
3. fill with priming liquid

  Familiarity information: PRIME used as a verb is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


PRIME (noun)


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Meaning:

A number that has no factor but itself and 1

Classified under:

Nouns denoting quantities and units of measure

Synonyms:

prime; prime quantity

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

number (a concept of quantity derived from zero and units)

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

prime number (an integer that has no integral factors but itself and 1)


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Meaning:

The period of greatest prosperity or productivity

Classified under:

Nouns denoting time and temporal relations

Synonyms:

heyday; flush; efflorescence; blossom; peak; prime; flower; bloom

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

period; period of time; time period (an amount of time)

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

golden age (a time period when some activity or skill was at its peak)


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Meaning:

The second canonical hour; about 6 a.m.

Classified under:

Nouns denoting time and temporal relations

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

canonical hour ((Roman Catholic Church) one of seven specified times for prayer)


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Meaning:

The time of maturity when power and vigor are greatest

Classified under:

Nouns denoting time and temporal relations

Synonyms:

prime of life; prime

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

adulthood; maturity (the period of time in your life after your physical growth has stopped and you are fully developed)


PRIME (adjective)


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Meaning:

First in rank or degree

Synonyms:

premier; prime

Context examples:

an architect of premier rank / the prime minister

Similar:

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


Sense 2prime [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Used of the first or originating agent

Context example:

prime mover

Similar:

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


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Meaning:

Of superior grade

Synonyms:

choice; prize; quality; select; prime

Context examples:

choice wines / prime beef / prize carnations / quality paper / select peaches

Similar:

superior (of high or superior quality or performance)


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Meaning:

Of or relating to or being an integer that cannot be factored into other integers

Classified under:

Relational adjectives (pertainyms)

Context example:

prime number

Domain category:

math; mathematics; maths (a science (or group of related sciences) dealing with the logic of quantity and shape and arrangement)

Pertainym:

prime number (an integer that has no integral factors but itself and 1)


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Meaning:

Being at the best stage of development

Synonyms:

meridian; prime

Context example:

our manhood's prime vigor

Similar:

mature (having reached full natural growth or development)


PRIME (verb)


Sense 1prime [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Insert a primer into (a gun, mine, or charge) preparatory to detonation or firing

Classified under:

Verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.

Context examples:

prime a cannon / prime a mine

Hypernyms (to "prime" is one way to...):

fix; gear up; prepare; ready; set; set up (make ready or suitable or equip in advance for a particular purpose or for some use, event, etc)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s somebody
Something ----s somebody
Something ----s something
Somebody ----s something PP


Sense 2prime [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Cover with a primer; apply a primer to

Classified under:

Verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging

Synonyms:

undercoat; prime; ground

Hypernyms (to "prime" is one way to...):

paint (apply paint to; coat with paint)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something

Sentence example:

They want to prime the doors


Sense 3prime [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Fill with priming liquid

Classified under:

Verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.

Context example:

prime a car engine

Hypernyms (to "prime" is one way to...):

fill; fill up; make full (make full, also in a metaphorical sense)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Something ----s something


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