primary

  • 1 Primary — 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. [1913 Webster] The church of Christ, in… …

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  • 2 primary — pri·ma·ry 1 / prī ˌmer ē, mə rē/ adj 1: of first rank, value, or importance 2: belonging to the first group or order in successive divisions, combinations, or ramifications pri·mar·i·ly /prī mer ə lē/ adv primary 2 n pl …

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  • 3 primary — primary, primal, primordial, primitive, pristine, primeval, prime mean first in some respect (as order, character, or importance). Something primary comes first in the order of development or of progression. Sometimes the term means little more… …

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  • 4 Primary — Saltar a navegación, búsqueda «Primary» Sencillo de The Cure del álbum Faith Publicación 17 de marzo de 1981 (Reino Unido) Formato …

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  • 5 primary — pri‧ma‧ry [ˈpraɪmri ǁ meri] adjective 1. main or most important: • Its primary business is developing and marketing new software. • The primary problem for the airlines is the recession. • It uses coal as its primary source of fuel. 2 …

    Financial and business terms

  • 6 primary — [prī′mer΄ē, prī′mə rē] adj. [ME prymary < L primarius < primus, first: see PRIME] 1. first in time or order of development; primitive; original; earliest 2. from which others are derived; fundamental; elemental; basic 3. designating colors… …

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  • 7 Primary — Single par The Cure extrait de l’album Faith Face A Primary Face B Descent Sortie 17 mars 1981 Enregistrement …

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  • 8 primary — late 15c., of the first order, from L. primarius of the first rank, chief, principal, excellent, from primus first (see PRIME (Cf. prime) (adj.) ). Primary color is first recorded 1610s; primary school is 1802, from Fr. école primaire. The Paris… …

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  • 9 Primary — Pri ma*ry, n.; pl. {Primaries}. 1. That which stands first in order, rank, or importance; a chief matter. [1913 Webster] 2. A primary meeting; a caucus. [1913 Webster] 3. (Zo[ o]l.) One of the large feathers on the distal joint of a bird s wing.… …

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  • 10 primary — / prime [adj1] best, principal capital, cardinal, chief, crackerjack*, dominant, excellent, fab*, first, first class*, greatest, heavy, highest, hot*, leading, main, number one*, paramount, primo*, state of the art*, stellar, top, top of the… …

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  • 11 primary — primary/secondary qualities …

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  • 12 primary — The first sorting operation for outgoing mail or incoming mail. (Compare withsecondary and tertiary) …

    Glossary of postal terms

  • 13 primary — ► ADJECTIVE 1) of chief importance; principal. 2) earliest in time or order. 3) relating to education for children between the ages of about five and eleven. ► NOUN (pl. primaries) ▪ (in the US) a preliminary election to appoint delegates to a… …

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  • 14 primary — I. adjective Etymology: Middle English, from Late Latin primarius basic, primary, from Latin, principal, from primus Date: 15th century 1. first in order of time or development ; primitive < the primary stage of civilization > < the primary… …

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  • 15 Primary — The word Primary when used alone may refer to:* Primary (band), from Australia * primary circuit, electrical circuit in a Transformer that receives current, as opposed to secondary circuit * Primary (film), 1960 documentary * Primary (LDS Church) …

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  • 16 Primary — Die Primary (Vorwahl) ist ein parteiinternes Verfahren der großen Parteien in den Vereinigten Staaten, um innerhalb einer Partei die Kandidaten für öffentliche Ämter aufzustellen. Das Verfahren wird nur in einem Teil der amerikanischen… …

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  • 17 primary — First; principal; chief; leading. First in order of time, or development, or in intention. As to primary conveyance primary election primary obligation primary vein, see those titles @ primary activity Concerted action such as a strike or… …

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  • 18 primary — [[t]pra͟ɪməri, AM meri[/t]] ♦♦♦ primaries 1) ADJ: ADJ n You use primary to describe something that is very important. [FORMAL] That s the primary reason the company s share price has held up so well... I don t think young people s primary aim in… …

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  • 19 primary — primariness, n. /pruy mer ee, meuh ree/, adj., n., pl. primaries. adj. 1. first or highest in rank or importance; chief; principal: his primary goals in life. 2. first in order in any series, sequence, etc. 3. first in time; earliest; primitive.… …

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  • 20 Primary — First or foremost in time or development. The primary teeth (the baby teeth) are those that come first. Primary may also refer to symptoms or a disease to which others are secondary. A primary tumor is one that is at the original site at which it …

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