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Adjective: prime  prIm
  1. First in rank or degree
    "the prime minister";
    - premier
  2. (mathematics) of or relating to or being an integer that cannot be factored into other integers
    "prime number"
  3. Used of the first or originating agent
    "prime mover"
  4. Of superior grade
    "prime beef";
    - choice, prize, quality, select
  5. Being at the best stage of development
    "our manhood's prime vigour";
    - meridian
Noun: prime  prIm
  1. A natural number that has exactly two distinct natural number divisors: 1 and itself
    - prime quantity
  2. The period of greatest prosperity or productivity
    - flower, peak, heyday, bloom, blossom, efflorescence, flush
  3. The second canonical hour; about 6 a.m.
  4. The time of maturity when power and vigour are greatest
    - prime of life
Verb: prime  prIm
  1. Insert a primer into (a gun, mine, or charge) preparatory to detonation or firing
    "prime a cannon"; "prime a mine"
  2. Cover with a primer; apply a primer to
    - ground, undercoat
  3. Fill with priming liquid
    "prime a car engine"

Derived forms: primed, primes, priming

See also: first, mature, superior

Type of: adulthood, canonical hour, fill, fill up, fix, gear up, maturity, number, paint, period, period of time, prepare, ready, set, set up, time period

Encyclopedia: Prime, Ward, Sands, King & Company