American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. An elementary textbook for teaching children to read.
- n. A book that covers the basic elements of a subject.
- n. A cap or tube containing a small amount of explosive used to detonate the main explosive charge of a firearm or mine.
- n. An undercoat of paint or size applied to prepare a surface, as for painting.
- n. Genetics A segment of DNA or RNA that is complementary to a given DNA sequence and that is needed to initiate replication by DNA polymerase.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- First; original; primary.
- n. A first book; a small elementary book of instruction.
- n. Specifically (ecclesiastical), in England, both before and after the Reformation, a book of private devotions, especially one authorized by the church and partially or wholly in the vernacular, containing devotions for the hours, the Creed, the Lord's Prayer, the Ten Commandments. certain psalms, instruction as to elements of Christian knowledge, etc. Primers are extant dating from the fourteenth century and earlier. A reformed primer was set forth under Henry VIII. in 1545, and continued in use with alterations till 1575. A new series of primers began in 1553, and unauthorized primers were also often issued. Books of devotion closely resembling the old primers in contents and character are extensively used among Anglicans at the present day.
- n. This is Long Primer type.
- n. One who or that which primes. Specifically— A tube, cap, wafer, or other device, containing a compound which may be exploded by percussion, friction, or other means, used for firing a charge of powder.
- n. A small powder-horn containing fine powder used for priming.
- n. Any one of many cerambycid beetles whose larvæ bore into the twigs of various trees, weakening them and causing them to fall off as if pruned.
- n. An elementary textbook introducing a topic, or teaching basic concepts.
- n. An elementary book for teaching children to learn the alphabet and to read, write and spell.
- n. biology A single-stranded nucleic acid molecule required for the initiation of replication of a DNA molecule.
- n. Any substance used to start a fire.
- n. A small charge that burns furiously when given sufficient electrical current (Explosive primer) or when struck with force (percussion caps) that ignites the main combustable substances in explosives or ammunition.
- n. A layer of paint designed to underlay a topcoat, used to enhance the adhesion and durability of the topcoat and help in protection of the surface.
- n. A device used to circulate gasoline into the ignition chamber of an engine.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. One who, or that which, primes. an instrument or device for priming; esp., a cap, tube, or water containing percussion powder or other compound for igniting a charge of gunpowder.
- adj. obsolete First; original; primary.
- n. Originally, a small prayer book for church service, containing the little office of the Virgin Mary; also, a work of elementary religious instruction.
- n. A small elementary book for teaching children to read; a reading or spelling book for a beginner.
- n. (Print.) A kind of type, of which there are two species; one, called long primer, intermediate in size between bourgeois and small pica [see Long primer]; the other, called great primer, larger than pica.
- n. any igniter that is used to initiate the burning of a propellant
- n. an introductory textbook
- n. the first or preliminary coat of paint or size applied to a surface
- Middle English, devotional manual, from Norman French, from Medieval Latin prīmārium, from neuter of prīmārius, first, from Latin, from prīmus; see prime. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“About the confusing part of it, what you see in the RDFa primer is a document intended for explaining * developers* about the topics.”
“When daylight circus-show over, he take me by hand and lead me to shady place between tents -- he sit down -- put me at he knee, and in what you call primer-book with he long brown finger he point out and make me know all those big fat letters -- yes, he do _that_.”
“Yes | No | Report from matt wasson wrote 2 weeks 1 day ago what about using an epoxy in the back to mount a bolt that will go thru barn wood that I can affix using a nut my buddies dad even incorparated the used shell into the mount but cutting the brass in half and then putting the part where the primer is so it could be seen??”
“I won't even try it on my in-line Austin Halleck because the primer is held by a spring wrapped partially open primer system.”
“But Gilbert has given the antiquated institution a thorough once-over, and the clear-eyed primer is a must-read for any modern woman contemplating a trip down the aisle.”
“Load in rifle and extract to see if the primer is stil protruding.”
“The lighter titanium pin doesn't have the moxie to ignite the primer from the momentum of a mere fall.”
“For commercial vehicle cognescenti the van pictured is the 5/6 cwt 10hp 4 cylinder version, costing £140 plus £15 tax (in primer).”
“There isn't room in the space I have for this column to cover all the terms but perhaps a brief primer is in order.”
“Anyone hoping for more quantitative analysis, however, will be disappointed: the primer is completely devoid of any quantitative proof of the validity of the geocentric system, but instead lists scripture and explains how the experimental observations can be shoehorned to fit the scriptural view.”
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