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Adjective: prime  prIm
  1. First in rank or degree
    "the prime minister";
    - premier
  2. Used of the first or originating agent
    "prime mover"
  3. Of superior grade
    "prime beef";
    - choice, prize, quality, select
  4. Being at the best stage of development
    "our manhood's prime vigour";
    - meridian
  5. (mathematics) of or relating to or being an integer that cannot be factored into other integers
    "prime number"
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: priming, primes, primed

See also: 1st, 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, time span

Encyclopedia: Prime, Ward, Sands, King & Company