prime

If something is in its prime, it is at its best. The same goes for a person. If you are young and healthy and in the prime of your life, you are ready to take on the world.

Prime often means "main." The prime reason you go to concerts is to see your favorite groups perform. If your mother is angry that you came home late, tell her that this is a prime example of why you need a cell phone — so you can call her. It can also mean "of the highest quality" as in prime beef or flowers. As a verb, prime means to get ready. Hopefully you've primed yourself for your exams. Prime the pump and start the engine!

Primary Meanings of prime

1.
adjn
used of the first or originating agent
the period of greatest prosperity or productivity
2.
nadj
a number that has no factor but itself and 1
of or relating to or being an integer that cannot be factored into other integers
3.
v
cover with a primer; apply a primer to
4.
n
the second canonical hour; about 6 a.m.
Full Definitions of prime
1

adj used of the first or originating agent

prime mover”
Synonyms:
first
preceding all others in time or space or degree

adj first in rank or degree

“the prime minister”
Synonyms:
premier
first
preceding all others in time or space or degree

adj of superior grade

prime beef”
Synonyms:
choice, prize, quality, select
superior
of high or superior quality or performance

adj being at the best stage of development

“"our manhood's prime vigor"- Robert Browning”
Synonyms:
meridian
mature
having reached full natural growth or development

n the period of greatest prosperity or productivity

Synonyms:
bloom, blossom, efflorescence, flower, flush, heyday, peak
Types:
golden age
a time period when some activity or skill was at its peak
Type of:
period, period of time, time period
an amount of time

n the time of maturity when power and vigor are greatest

Synonyms:
prime of life
Type of:
adulthood, maturity
the period of time in your life after your physical growth has stopped and you are fully developed
2

n a number that has no factor but itself and 1

Synonyms:
prime quantity
Types:
prime number
an integer that has no integral factors but itself and 1
Type of:
number
a concept of quantity involving zero and units

adj of or relating to or being an integer that cannot be factored into other integers

prime number”
3

v cover with a primer; apply a primer to

Synonyms:
ground, undercoat
Type of:
paint
apply paint to; coat with paint

v insert a primer into (a gun, mine, or charge) preparatory to detonation or firing

prime a cannon”
prime a mine”
Type of:
fix, gear up, prepare, ready, set, set up
make ready or suitable or equip in advance for a particular purpose or for some use, event, etc

v fill with priming liquid

prime a car engine”
Type of:
fill, fill up, make full
make full, also in a metaphorical sense
4

n the second canonical hour; about 6 a.m.

Type of:
canonical hour
(Roman Catholic Church) one of seven specified times for prayer

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