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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The act of one that primes.
  • n. The explosive used to ignite a charge.
  • n. A preliminary coat of paint or size applied to a surface.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The implicit memory effect in which exposure to a stimulus influences response to a subsequent stimulus.
  • n. A substance used as a primer.
  • n. The powder or other combustible used to communicate fire to a charge of gunpowder, as in a firearm.
  • n. The first coating of colour, size, etc. laid on canvas, or on a building or other surface.
  • n. The carrying over of water, with the steam, from the boiler, as into the cylinder.
  • v. Present participle of prime.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The powder or other combustible used to communicate fire to a charge of gunpowder, as in a firearm.
  • n. The first coating of color, size, or the like, laid on canvas, or on a building, or other surface.
  • n. The carrying over of water, with the steam, from the boiler, as into the cylinder.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In gunnery and blasting, the act of applying the powder, percussion-cap, or other material used to ignite the charge; hence, the powder or cap itself.
  • n. Figuratively, anything as small relatively to something else as the gun-priming is relatively to the charge: as, his crop isn't a priming to mine.
  • n. In painting, the first layer of paint, size, or other material given to any surface as a ground.
  • n. In steam-engines: Hot water carried along by the steam from the boiler into the cylinder.
  • n. The carrying of such water from the boiler into the cylinder.
  • n. In tobacco-growing: The act of gathering an instalment of leaves.
  • n. The leaves of one of the gatherings. See prime, 3 .
  • n. In brewing, an addition of sugar to the beer in the settling back, furnishing material for further fermentation.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the first or preliminary coat of paint or size applied to a surface
  • n. the act of making something ready
  • n. any igniter that is used to initiate the burning of a propellant

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  • Mr. Howard used this word in "Master And Commander" when he wanted the cannon to be defused when they were battling Napoleon.

    June 13, 2012