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noun 
  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. (context, algebra, number theory) A prime element of a mathematical structure, particularly a prime number.
3 is a prime.
  1. (backgammon) Six consecutive blocks, which prevent the opponent's pieces from passing.
I'm threatening to build a prime here.
verb (prim, es)
  1. (transitive) To prepare a mechanism for its main work.
You'll have to press this button twice to prime the fuel pump.
  1. (transitive) To apply a coat of primer paint to.
I need to prime these handrails before we can apply the finish coat.
adjective 
  1. First in time, order, or sequence
Both the English and French governments established prime meridians in their capitals.
  1. First in excellence, quality, or value.
This is a prime location for a bookstore.
  1. (mathematics) Having no integral factors except itself and unity (1 in the case of integers).
Thirteen is a prime number.
  1. First in importance, degree, or rank.
Our prime concern here is to keep the community safe.
  1. (mathematics) Having its complement closed under multiplication: said only of ideals.

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