primely

primely

[prahym-lee]
adverb

Origin:
1605–15; prime + -ly

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prime (praɪm)
 
adj
1.  (prenominal) first in quality or value; first-rate
2.  (prenominal) fundamental; original
3.  (prenominal) first in importance, authority, etc; chief
4.  maths
 a.  having no factors except itself or one: x² + x + 3 is a prime polynomial
 b.  (foll by to) having no common factors (with): 20 is prime to 21
5.  finance having the best credit rating: prime investments
 
n
6.  the time when a thing is at its best
7.  a period of power, vigour, etc, usually following youth (esp in the phrase the prime of life)
8.  the beginning of something, such as the spring
9.  maths short for prime number
10.  linguistics a semantically indivisible element; minimal component of the sense of a word
11.  music
 a.  unison
 b.  the tonic of a scale
12.  chiefly RC Church the second of the seven canonical hours of the divine office, originally fixed for the first hour of the day, at sunrise
13.  the first of eight basic positions from which a parry or attack can be made in fencing
 
vb
14.  to prepare (something); make ready
15.  (tr) to apply a primer, such as paint or size, to (a surface)
16.  (tr) to fill (a pump) with its working fluid before starting, in order to improve the sealing of the pump elements and to expel air from it before starting
17.  (tr) to increase the quantity of fuel in the float chamber of (a carburettor) in order to facilitate the starting of an engine
18.  (tr) to insert a primer into (a gun, mine, charge, etc) preparatory to detonation or firing
19.  (intr) (of a steam engine or boiler) to operate with or produce steam mixed with large amounts of water
20.  (tr) to provide with facts, information, etc, beforehand; brief
 
[(adj) C14: from Latin prīmus first; (n) C13: from Latin prīma (hora) the first (hour); (vb) C16: of uncertain origin, probably connected with n]
 
'primely
 
adv
 
'primeness
 
n

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