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To love one child and to love all children, whether living or dead—somewhere these two loves come together. To love a no-good but humble punk and to love an honest man who believes himself to be an honest man—somewhere these, too, come together.
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English

Pronunciation

Etymology 1

From Old (and modern) French prime, from [[w:Template:lang:la language|Template:lang:la]][[Category:Template:lang:la derivations]] primus (first), from Old Latin pri (before), from Proto-Indo-European *per- (beyond, before).

Adjective

prime (not comparable)

Positive
prime

Comparative
not comparable

Superlative
none (absolute)

  1. First in time, order, or sequence
    Both the English and French governments established prime meridians in their capitals.
  2. First in excellence, quality, or value.
    This is a prime location for a bookstore.
  3. (mathematics) Having no integral factors except itself and unity (1 in the case of integers).
    Thirteen is a prime number.
  4. First in importance, degree, or rank.
    Our prime concern here is to keep the community safe.
  5. (mathematics) Having its complement closed under multiplication: said only of ideals.
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Noun

Singular
prime

Plural
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prime ({{{1}}})
  1. the earliest stage
  2. the most active, thriving, or successful stage or period
  3. the chief or best individual or part
  4. (music) The first note or tone of a musical scale.
  5. (fencing) The first defensive position, with the sword hand held at head height, and the tip of the sword at head height.
  6. (Template loop detected: Template:context 1) A prime element of a mathematical structure, particularly a prime number.
    3 is a prime.
  7. (backgammon) Six consecutive blocks, which prevent the opponent's pieces from passing in backgammon.
    I'm threatening to build a prime here.
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Etymology 2

Origin uncertain; perhaps related to primage.

Verb

Infinitive
to prime

Third person singular
prim

Simple past
-

Past participle
-

Present participle
es

to prime (third-person singular simple present prim, present participle es, simple past and past participle -)
  1. (transitive) To prepare a mechanism for its main work.
    You'll have to press this button twice to prime the fuel pump.
  2. (transitive) To apply a coat of primer paint to.
    I need to prime these handrails before we can apply the finish coat.
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References

  • Notes:
  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 Oxford-Paravia Concise - Dizionario Inglese-Italiano e Italiano-Inglese (in collaborazione con Oxford University Press). Edited by Maria Cristina Bareggi. Torino: Paravia, 2003. ISBN 8839551107. Online version here

French

Noun

prime f.

  1. bounty (reward)


This French entry was created from the translations listed at bounty. It may be less reliable than other entries, and may be missing parts of speech or additional senses. Please also see prime in the French Wiktionary. This notice will be removed when the entry is checked. (more information) May 2008


Italian

Adjective

prime f plural

  1. feminine plural of primo

Romanian

Pronunciation

  • IPA: ['pri.me]

Adjective

prime

  1. feminine plural nominative form of [[prim#Template:lang:ro|prim]].
  2. feminine plural accusative form of [[prim#Template:lang:ro|prim]].
  3. neuter plural nominative form of [[prim#Template:lang:ro|prim]].
  4. neuter plural accusative form of [[prim#Template:lang:ro|prim]].

Spanish

Verb

prime (infinitive: primar)

  1. First-person singular (yo) present subjunctive form of primar.
  2. Formal second-person singular (usted) present subjunctive form of primar.
  3. Third-person singular (él, ella, also used with usted?) present subjunctive form of primar.

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