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Meaning & Definition of Prime in English

English

Prime

/praɪm/

noun

1. A number that has no factor but itself and 1

    synonym:
  • prime
  • ,
  • prime quantity

2. The period of greatest prosperity or productivity

    synonym:
  • flower
  • ,
  • prime
  • ,
  • peak
  • ,
  • heyday
  • ,
  • bloom
  • ,
  • blossom
  • ,
  • efflorescence
  • ,
  • flush

3. The second canonical hour

  • About 6 a.m.
    synonym:
  • prime

4. The time of maturity when power and vigor are greatest

    synonym:
  • prime
  • ,
  • prime of life

verb

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

  • "Prime a cannon"
  • "Prime a mine"
    synonym:
  • prime

2. Cover with a primer

  • Apply a primer to
    synonym:
  • prime
  • ,
  • ground
  • ,
  • undercoat

3. Fill with priming liquid

  • "Prime a car engine"
    synonym:
  • prime

adjective

1. First in rank or degree

  • "An architect of premier rank"
  • "The prime minister"
    synonym:
  • premier(a)
  • ,
  • prime(a)

2. Used of the first or originating agent

  • "Prime mover"
    synonym:
  • prime(a)

3. Of superior grade

  • "Choice wines"
  • "Prime beef"
  • "Prize carnations"
  • "Quality paper"
  • "Select peaches"
    synonym:
  • choice
  • ,
  • prime(a)
  • ,
  • prize
  • ,
  • quality
  • ,
  • select

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

  • "Prime number"
    synonym:
  • prime

5. Being at the best stage of development

  • "Our manhood's prime vigor"- robert browning
    synonym:
  • prime
  • ,
  • meridian

Examples of using

The prime minister fell into the Danube and drowned.
He had the ambition to be prime minister.
The prime minister paid a formal visit to the White House.