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prime - Dictionary definition and meaning for word prime

Definition
(noun) a number that has no factor but itself and 1
Synonyms : prime quantity

Definition
(noun) the period of greatest prosperity or productivity
Synonyms : bloom , blossom , efflorescence , flower , flush , heyday , peak

Definition
(noun) the second canonical hour; about 6 a.m.
Definition
(noun) the time of maturity when power and vigor are greatest
Synonyms : prime of life

Definition
(verb) insert a primer into (a gun, mine, or charge) preparatory to detonation or firing
Example Sentence
  • prime a cannon
  • prime a mine

Definition
(verb) cover with a primer; apply a primer to
Synonyms : ground , undercoat

Definition
(verb) fill with priming liquid
Example Sentence
  • prime a car engine

Definition
(adj) first in rank or degree
Synonyms : premier
Example Sentence
  • an architect of premier rank
  • the prime minister

Definition
(adj) used of the first or originating agent
Example Sentence
  • prime mover

Definition
(adj) of superior grade
Synonyms : choice , prize , quality , select
Example Sentence
  • choice wines
  • prime beef
  • prize carnations
  • quality paper
  • select peaches

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(adj) of or relating to or being an integer that cannot be factored into other integers
Example Sentence
  • prime number

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(adj) being at the best stage of development
Synonyms : meridian
Example Sentence
  • our manhood's prime vigor

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