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Meaning of PRIMARY

Pronunciation:  'prImeree

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a preliminary election where delegates or nominees are chosen
  2. [n]  one of the main flight feathers projecting along the outer edge of a bird's wing
  3. [n]  coil forming the part of an electrical circuit such that changing current in it induces a current in a neighboring circuit; "current through the primary coil induces current in the secondary coil"
  4. [adj]  not derived from or reducible to something else; basic; "a primary instinct"
  5. [adj]  of primary importance; "basic truths"
  6. [adj]  of first rank or importance or value; direct and immediate rather than secondhand; "primary goals"; "a primary effect"; "primary sources"; "a primary interest"
  7. [adj]  of or being the essential or basic part; "an elementary need for love and nurturing"

PRIMARY is a 7 letter word that starts with P.


 Synonyms: basal, basic, capital, direct, elementary, essential, firsthand, first-string, original, particular, primary coil, primary election, primary feather, primary quill, primary winding, special, underived
 Antonyms: secondary
 See Also: coil, direct primary, election, first, flight feather, pinion, quill, quill feather, transformer



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Pri"ma*ry\, a. [L. primarius, fr. primus first: cf. F.
    primaire. See {Prime}, a., and cf. {Premier}, {Primero}.]
    1. First in order of time or development or in intention;
       primitive; fundamental; original.
             The church of Christ, in its primary institution.
                                                   --Bp. Pearson.
             These I call original, or primary, qualities of
             body.                                 --Locke.
    2. First in order, as being preparatory to something higher;
       as, primary assemblies; primary schools.
    3. First in dignity or importance; chief; principal; as,
       primary planets; a matter of primary importance.
    4. (Geol.) Earliest formed; fundamental.
    5. (Chem.) Illustrating, possessing, or characterized by,
       some quality or property in the first degree; having
       undergone the first stage of substitution or replacement.
    {Primary alcohol} (Organic Chem.), any alcohol which possess
       the group {CH2.OH}, and can be oxidized so as to form a
       corresponding aldehyde and acid having the same number of
       carbon atoms; -- distinguished from {secondary & tertiary
    {Primary amine} (Chem.), an amine containing the amido group,
       or a derivative of ammonia in which only one atom of
       hydrogen has been replaced by a basic radical; --
       distinguished from {secondary & tertiary amines}.
    {Primary amputation} (Surg.), an amputation for injury
       performed as soon as the shock due to the injury has
       passed away, and before symptoms of inflammation
    {Primary axis} (Bot.), the main stalk which bears a whole
       cluster of flowers.
    {Primary colors}. See under {Color}.
    {Primary meeting}, a meeting of citizens at which the first
       steps are taken towards the nomination of candidates, etc.
       See {Caucus}.
    {Primary pinna} (Bot.), one of those portions of a compound
       leaf or frond which branch off directly from the main
       rhachis or stem, whether simple or compounded.
    {Primary planets}. (Astron.) See the Note under {Planet}.
    {Primary qualities of bodies}, such are essential to and
       inseparable from them.
    {Primary quills} (Zo["o]l.), the largest feathers of the wing
       of a bird; primaries.
    {Primary rocks} (Geol.), a term early used for rocks supposed
       to have been first formed, being crystalline and
       containing no organic remains, as granite, gneiss, etc.;
       -- called also {primitive rocks}. The terms Secondary,
       Tertiary, and Quaternary rocks have also been used in like
       manner, but of these the last two only are now in use.
    {Primary salt} (Chem.), a salt derived from a polybasic acid
       in which only one acid hydrogen atom has been replaced by
       a base or basic radical.
    {Primary syphilis} (Med.), the initial stage of syphilis,
       including the period from the development of the original
       lesion or chancre to the first manifestation of symptoms
       indicative of general constitutional infection.
    {Primary union} (Surg.), union without suppuration; union by
       the first intention.
  2. \Pri"ma*ry\, n.; pl. {Primaries}.
    1. That which stands first in order, rank, or importance; a
       chief matter.
    2. A primary meeting; a caucus.
    3. (Zo["o]l.) One of the large feathers on the distal joint
       of a bird's wing. See {Plumage}, and Illust. of {Bird}.
    4. (Astron.) A primary planet; the brighter component of a
       double star. See under {Planet}.