# prime

**prime**[prīm]__adj.__[ME < MFr < L*primus*, first < OL*pri*, before < IE base **per-*, beyond > FAR, FIRST]**1.**first in time; original; primitive; primary**2.**first in rank or authority; chief [the prime minister]**3.**first in importance or value; principal; main [a prime advantage]**4.**first in quality; of the highest excellence [prime beef]**5.**from which others are derived; fundamental; basic**6.***Math.***a)**of or being a prime number**b)**having no factor in common except 1 [9 and 16 are prime to each other]__n.__[ME < OE*prim*< L*prima*(*hora*), first (hour): see**PRIME**the__adj.__]**1.****a)**[*often*P-]*R.C.Ch.*a part of the Divine Office orig. assigned to the first hour of daylight (in the Liturgy of the Hours, both Lauds and Prime have been replaced by Morning Prayer)**b)**the first hour of the daylight, conventionally taken to begin about 6 a.m.**c)**the earliest part of something; beginning**2.****a)**springtime**b)**the springtime of life; youth**3.****a)**the best, most vigorous, or most fully mature period or stage of a person or thing [a soprano in her prime]**b)**the best part of anything**c)**the best of several or many; pick; cream**4.**a symbol (′) used**5.****a)**to distinguish between different values of the same variable**b)**to distinguish a letter, number, or other character from another of the same kind, as A′**c)**for certain units of measure, as feet or minutes of arc**6.***Math.*PRIME NUMBER**7.***Music*UNISON__vt.__primed, priming**1.**to make ready; prepare [a team primed for a game]**2.**to prepare (a gun) for firing or (a charge) for exploding by providing with priming or a primer**3.****a)**to get (a pump) into operation by pouring in water until the suction is established**b)**to get (a carburetor, etc.) into operation by adding extra fuel**4.**to undercoat, size, etc. (a surface) in preparation as for painting**5.**to provide (a person) beforehand with information, answers, etc.__vi.__**1.**to prime a person or thing**2.**to let a spray of water mix with the steam forced into the cylinder, as of a steam engineprimeness__n.__

*English World dictionary.
V. Neufeldt.
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**prime**— 1. (pri m ) adj. Mot ancien qui signifiait premier, et qui n est plus usité seul ; on s en sert encore dans les locutions suivantes. 1° De prime abord, en premier lieu. • De prime abord sont par la bonne dame Expédiés tous les péchés menus … Dictionnaire de la Langue Française d'Émile Littré**Prime**— can refer to: * Prime number, an integer greater than 1 which is only divisible by 1 and itself * Prime (symbol), the ′ mark ** 3′ end and 5′ end ( three prime end , five prime end ) in biochemistry * Prime (liturgy), a liturgical office (service … Wikipedia**Prime**— Prime, a. [F., fr. L. primus first, a superl. corresponding to the compar. prior former. See {Prior}, a., {Foremost}, {Former}, and cf. {Prim}, a., {Primary}, {Prince}.] 1. First in order of time; original; primeval; primitive; primary. Prime… … The Collaborative International Dictionary of English**Prime**— • Article on the office of Prime, now suppressed Catholic Encyclopedia. Kevin Knight. 2006. Prime Prime † … Catholic encyclopedia**Prime**— Prime, n. 1. The first part; the earliest stage; the beginning or opening, as of the day, the year, etc.; hence, the dawn; the spring. Chaucer. [1913 Webster] In the very prime of the world. Hooker. [1913 Webster] Hope waits upon the flowery… … The Collaborative International Dictionary of English**prime-1**— [ˌpraɪm ˈwʌn] noun [singular] FINANCE a rating given by some credit showing that the risk of non payment of a loan etc is very low. Prime 1 is the best rating, followed by prime 2 and prime 3: • Moody s assigned their top ratings prime 1 and A 1… … Financial and business terms**PRIME**— (Privacy and Identity Management for Europe / Datenschutz und Identitätsmanagement für Europa) ist der Name eines Projektes innerhalb des 6. EU Rahmenprogramms. Der Start des PRIME Projektes fand in Brunnen, Schweiz, vom 8. bis 12. März 2004… … Deutsch Wikipedia**prime**— PRIME. s. f. La premiere des heures Canoniales. Chanter Prime. assister à Prime. Il se dit aussi d une sorte de Jeu aux cartes. Il y a deux sortes de prime. la grand prime. la petite prime. cartes de prime. joüer à la prime. il a perdu son argent … Dictionnaire de l'Académie française**prime**— 1 n 1: prime rate 2: general contractor prime 2 vt primed, prim·ing: to have priority over a perfected security … Law dictionary**Prime-2**— Prime 1/Prime 2/Prime 3 ► FINANCE a rating (= measurement of how good something is) given to a loan to show how much of a risk there is that the loan will not be paid back. A Prime 1 rating means that the risk is very low. A Prime 2 or Prime 3… … Financial and business terms