These pieces act as sort of a primer for the stronger, more ambitious work to come.
What emerges is as complex and textured as any novel while providing a primer on the use of power in a democracy.
The Daily Beast offers a primer on the best bowl games coming up.
The Daily Beast offers this primer on the latest development in this never-ending struggle.
Nine years ago he dazzled audiences with his $7,000 time-travel flick ‘primer.’
They read the ground, the streams, the sagebrush, and the horizon as a primer set in fat black type.
The primer, not the bayonet, should be relied upon to uphold the liberty of a nation.
In case either lock or primer should entirely fail, recourse will be had to the friction-primers or to the spur-tubes.
She introduced a primer with small black illustrations which fascinated Susan.
Four times did he bury his primer in the earth; and four times, after giving him a sound thrashing, did they buy him a new one.
late 14c., "prayer-book," also "school book" (senses not distinguished in Middle Ages, as reading was taught from prayer books), from Medieval Latin primarius, from Latin primus "first" (see prime (adj.)). The word also might be all or in part from prime (n.) on the same notion as a "Book of Hours." Meaning "small introductory book on any topic" is from 1807.
"explosive cap," 1819, agent noun from prime (v.).
"first layer of dye or paint," 1680s, from prime (v.).
late 14c., "first in order," from Latin primus "first, the first, first part," figuratively "chief, principal; excellent, distinguished, noble" (source also of Italian and Spanish primo), from pre-Italic *prismos, superlative of PIE *preis- "before," from root *per- (1) "beyond, through" (see per).
Meaning "first in importance" is from 1610s in English; that of "first-rate" is from 1620s. Arithmetical sense (e.g. prime number) is from 1560s; prime meridian is from 1878. Prime time originally (c.1500) meant "spring time;" broadcasting sense of "peak tuning-in period" is attested from 1961.
"earliest canonical hour" (6 a.m.), Old English prim, from Medieval Latin prima "the first service," from Latin prima hora "the first hour" (of the Roman day). Meaning "most vigorous stage" first recorded 1530s; specifically "springtime of human life" (often meaning ages roughly 21 to 28) is from 1590s. In classical Latin, noun uses of the adjective meant "first part, beginning; leading place."
"to fill, charge, load" (a weapon), 1510s, probably from prime (adj.). Meaning "to cover with a first coat of paint or dye" is from c.1600. To prime a pump (c.1840) meant to pour water down the tube, which saturated the sucking mechanism and made it draw up water more readily. Related: Primed; priming.