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  1. prime
    IPA[prīm]
  2. adjective

    noun

    • 1. a state or time of greatest strength, vigor, or success in a person's life:

      you're in the prime of life he wasn't elderly, but clearly past his prime
    • 2. the beginning or first period of something:

      the prime of the world
    • 3. a service forming part of the Divine Office, traditionally said (or chanted) at the first hour of the day (i.e., 6 a.m.), but now little used.

    • 4. a prime number.

    • 5. a symbol (ʹ) written after a letter or symbol as a distinguishing mark or after a figure as a symbol for minutes or feet.

    • 6. the first of eight standard parrying positions.

    • 7. short for prime rate

  3. Variation

    • n.: noun: prime, plural noun: primes

    • verb

      make (something) ready for use or action.

      prepare (a firearm or explosive device) for firing or detonation:

    • adjective

      of first importance; main:

      from which another thing may derive or proceed:

    • noun

      the state or time of greatest vigour or success in a person's life:

      the beginning of something:

    • verb

      make (something) ready for use or action.

      prepare (a firearm or explosive device) for firing or detonation:

    • noun

      a substance that prepares something for use or action.

      gunpowder placed in the pan of a firearm to ignite a charge:

    • noun

      a substance that prepares something for use or action.

      gunpowder placed in the pan of a firearm to ignite a charge:

    • noun

      a person or establishment that is chiefly responsible for the creation or execution of a plan or project.

      an initial natural or mechanical source of motive power.

    • noun

      a planet's meridian adopted as the zero of longitude.

      the earth's zero of longitude, which by convention passes through Greenwich, England.

    • noun

      the direct cost of a commodity in terms of the materials and labor involved in its production, excluding fixed costs:
    • noun

      a contract whose requirements are partly fulfilled by the awarding of subcontracts.
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