And, of course, there was the infamous statement that Ben Bernanke would be committing “treason” by priming the economy.
When fathers hold and play with their children, oxytocin and prolactin kick in, priming them for bonding.
Tis as necessary to us as to a soldier, for tis as priming to our looks as tis to a gun.
His next freak was to snatch his pistol and look to the priming.
The men threw their sacks on the ground, dropped into the ferns, and looked to the priming of their guns.
He brought forward his gun as he spoke, and examined the priming.
Again flashed the priming,—again cracked the shining tube—and the sorrowing doe fell over upon the body of her mate.
Boarders, see to the priming of your pistols, and be ready to follow me presently.
"Be sure you look well to the priming of your pistols before you put them in your holsters tomorrow," Malcolm said.
I began to see we should have a brush for it in earnest, and looked to my priming.
"first coat of paint," c.1600, verbal noun from prime (v.). Meaning "gunpowder in the pan of a firearm" is from 1590s.
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.