|a chattering or flighty, light-headed person.|
|a calculus or concretion found in the stomach or intestines of certain animals, esp. ruminants, formerly reputed to be an effective remedy for poison.|
|1.||first in importance, degree, rank, etc|
|2.||first in position or time, as in a series|
|4.||being the first stage; elementary|
|5.||(prenominal) of or relating to the education of children up to the age of 11|
|6.||(of the flight feathers of a bird's wing) growing from the manus|
|7.||a. being the part of an electric circuit, such as a transformer or induction coil, in which a changing current induces a current in a neighbouring circuit: a primary coil|
|b. Compare secondary (of a current) flowing in such a circuit|
|8.||a. (of a product) consisting of a natural raw material; unmanufactured|
|b. secondary Compare tertiary (of production or industry) involving the extraction or winning of such products. Agriculture, fishing, forestry, hunting, and mining are primary industries|
|a. (of an organic compound) having a functional group attached to a carbon atom that is attached to at least two hydrogen atoms|
|b. (of an amine) having only one organic group attached to the nitrogen atom; containing the group NH2|
|c. (of a salt) derived from a tribasic acid by replacement of one acidic hydrogen atom with a metal atom or electropositive group|
|a. derived from a word that is not a derivation but the ultimate form itself. Lovable is a primary derivative of love|
|b. Compare historic (of Latin, Greek, or Sanskrit tenses) referring to present or future time|
|11.||geology relating to magmas that have not experienced fractional crystallization or crystal contamination|
|—n , -ries|
|12.||a person or thing that is first in rank, occurrence, etc|
|13.||in the US|
|a. closed primary direct primary See also open primary a preliminary election in which the voters of a state or region choose a party's convention delegates, nominees for office, etc|
|b. Full name: primary election a local meeting of voters registered with one party to nominate candidates, select convention delegates, etc|
|14.||See primary colour|
|15.||any of the flight feathers growing from the manus of a bird's wing|
|16.||a primary coil, winding, inductance, or current in an electric circuit|
|17.||astronomy a celestial body around which one or more specified secondary bodies orbit: the sun is the primary of the earth|
|[C15: from Latin prīmārius of the first rank, principal, from prīmus first]|
"The Paris journals ... are full of a plan, brought forward by Fourcroy, for the establishment of primary schools, which is not interesting to an English reader." [London "Times," April 27, 1802]Primary election is recorded from 1792, with ref. to France; in a U.S. context, recorded from 1835; earlier primary caucus (1821).
primary pri·mar·y (prī'měr'ē, -mə-rē)
Being first or highest in importance; principal.
Occurring first in time or sequence; earliest.
Preliminary to a later stage of development; primordial; embryonic.
Of, relating to, or being a sequence of amino acids in a protein.
|primary (prī'měr'ē) Pronunciation Key