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 for prime
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Prime \Prime\, a. [F., fr. L. primus first, a superl.
     corresponding to the compar. prior former. See Prior, a.,
     Foremost, Former, and cf. Prim, a., Primary,
     1. First in order of time; original; primeval; primitive;
        primary. "Prime forests." --Tennyson.
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              She was not the prime cause, but I myself. --Milton.
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     Note: In this sense the word is nearly superseded by
           primitive, except in the phrase prime cost.
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     2. First in rank, degree, dignity, authority, or importance;
        as, prime minister. "Prime virtues." --Dryden.
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     3. First in excellence; of highest quality; as, prime wheat;
        a prime quality of cloth.
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     4. Early; blooming; being in the first stage. [Poetic]
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              His starry helm, unbuckled, showed him prime
              In manhood where youth ended.         --Milton.
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     5. Lecherous; lustful; lewd. [Obs.] --Shak.
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     6. Marked or distinguished by a mark (') called a prime mark.
     Note: In this dictionary the same typographic mark is used to
           indicate a weak accent in headwords, and minutes of a
           degree in angle measurements.
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     7. (Math.)
        (a) Divisible by no number except itself or unity; as, 7
            is a prime number.
        (b) Having no common factor; -- used with to; as, 12 is
            prime to 25.
            [Webster 1913 Suppl.]
     Prime and ultimate ratio. (Math.). See Ultimate.
     Prime conductor. (Elec.) See under Conductor.
     Prime factor (Arith.), a factor which is a prime number.
     Prime figure (Geom.), a figure which can not be divided
        into any other figure more simple than itself, as a
        triangle, a pyramid, etc.
     Prime meridian (Astron.), the meridian from which longitude
        is reckoned, as the meridian of Greenwich or Washington.
     Prime minister, the responsible head of a ministry or
        executive government; applied particularly to that of
     Prime mover. (Mech.)
        (a) A natural agency applied by man to the production of
            power. Especially: Muscular force; the weight and
            motion of fluids, as water and air; heat obtained by
            chemical combination, and applied to produce changes
            in the volume and pressure of steam, air, or other
            fluids; and electricity, obtained by chemical action,
            and applied to produce alternation of magnetic force.
        (b) An engine, or machine, the object of which is to
            receive and modify force and motion as supplied by
            some natural source, and apply them to drive other
            machines; as a water wheel, a water-pressure engine, a
            steam engine, a hot-air engine, etc.
        (c) Fig.: The original or the most effective force in any
            undertaking or work; as, Clarkson was the prime mover
            in English antislavery agitation.
     Prime number (Arith.), a number which is exactly divisible
        by no number except itself or unity, as 5, 7, 11.
     Prime vertical (Astron.), the vertical circle which passes
        through the east and west points of the horizon.
     Prime-vertical dial, a dial in which the shadow is
        projected on the plane of the prime vertical.
     Prime-vertical transit instrument, a transit instrument the
        telescope of which revolves in the plane of the prime
        vertical, -- used for observing the transit of stars over
        this circle.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Prime \Prime\, n.
     1. The first part; the earliest stage; the beginning or
        opening, as of the day, the year, etc.; hence, the dawn;
        the spring. --Chaucer.
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              In the very prime of the world.       --Hooker.
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              Hope waits upon the flowery prime.    --Waller.
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     2. The spring of life; youth; hence, full health, strength,
        or beauty; perfection. "Cut off in their prime."
        --Eustace. "The prime of youth." --Dryden.
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     3. That which is first in quantity; the most excellent
        portion; the best part.
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              Give him always of the prime.         --Swift.
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     4. [F. prime, LL. prima (sc. hora). See Prime, a.] The
        morning; specifically (R. C. Ch.), the first canonical
        hour, succeeding to lauds.
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              Early and late it rung, at evening and at prime.
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     Note: Originally, prime denoted the first quarter of the
           artificial day, reckoned from 6 a. m. to 6 p. m.
           Afterwards, it denoted the end of the first quarter,
           that is, 9 a. m. Specifically, it denoted the first
           canonical hour, as now. Chaucer uses it in all these
           senses, and also in the sense of def. 1, above.
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                 They sleep till that it was pryme large.
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     5. (Fencing) The first of the chief guards.
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     6. (Chem.) Any number expressing the combining weight or
        equivalent of any particular element; -- so called because
        these numbers were respectively reduced to their lowest
        relative terms on the fixed standard of hydrogen as 1.
        [Obs. or Archaic]
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     7. (Arith.) A prime number. See under Prime, a.
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     8. An inch, as composed of twelve seconds in the duodecimal
        system; -- denoted by [']. See 2d Inch, n., 1.
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     Prime of the moon, the new moon at its first appearance.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Prime \Prime\, v. i.
     1. To be renewed, or as at first. [Obs.]
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              Night's bashful empress, though she often wane,
              As oft repeats her darkness, primes again.
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     2. To serve as priming for the charge of a gun.
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     3. To work so that foaming occurs from too violent
        ebullition, which causes water to become mixed with, and
        be carried along with, the steam that is formed; -- said
        of a steam boiler.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Prime \Prime\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Primed; p. pr. & vb. n.
     Priming.] [From Prime, a.]
     1. To apply priming to, as a musket or a cannon; to apply a
        primer to, as a metallic cartridge.
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     2. To lay the first color, coating, or preparation upon (a
        surface), as in painting; as, to prime a canvas, a wall.
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     3. To prepare; to make ready; to instruct beforehand; to
        post; to coach; as, to prime a witness; the boys are
        primed for mischief. [Colloq.] --Thackeray.
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     4. To trim or prune, as trees. [Obs. or Prov. Eng.]
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     5. (Math.) To mark with a prime mark.
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     To prime a pump, to charge a pump with water, in order to
        put it in working condition.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      adj 1: first in rank or degree; "an architect of premier rank";
             "the prime minister" [syn: premier(a), prime(a)]
      2: used of the first or originating agent; "prime mover"
      3: of superior grade; "choice wines"; "prime beef"; "prize
         carnations"; "quality paper"; "select peaches" [syn:
         choice, prime(a), prize, quality, select]
      4: of or relating to or being an integer that cannot be factored
         into other integers; "prime number"
      5: being at the best stage of development; "our manhood's prime
         vigor"- Robert Browning [syn: prime, meridian]
      n 1: a number that has no factor but itself and 1 [syn: prime,
           prime quantity]
      2: the period of greatest prosperity or productivity [syn:
         flower, prime, peak, heyday, bloom, blossom,
         efflorescence, flush]
      3: the second canonical hour; about 6 a.m.
      4: the time of maturity when power and vigor are greatest [syn:
         prime, prime of life]
      v 1: insert a primer into (a gun, mine, or charge) preparatory
           to detonation or firing; "prime a cannon"; "prime a mine"
      2: cover with a primer; apply a primer to [syn: prime,
         ground, undercoat]
      3: fill with priming liquid; "prime a car engine"

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  466 Moby Thesaurus words for "prime":
     Eastertide, Mass, Maytime, abecedarian, aboriginal, acme,
     admirable, adolescence, adulthood, adultness, advise,
     age of consent, algorismic, algorithmic, aliquot, all-absorbing,
     alpha, ancestral, antecedent, antenatal, antepatriarchal, anterior,
     anticipatory, apply paint, apprise, arch, atavistic, aurora,
     autochthonous, banner, basic, bedaub, bedizen, bedtime prayer,
     begild, beginning, besmear, best, break of day, breaking-in, brief,
     brightening, brush on paint, budding, budtime, butter, calcimine,
     camp meeting, capital, cardinal, central, champion, chanticleer,
     charge, chief, choice, chosen, church, church service, ci-devant,
     coach, coat, cock, cockcrow, cocklight, color, complexion,
     compline, controlling, cover, crack of dawn, cram, cram with facts,
     cream, creative, crowning, dab, dandy, daub, dawn, dawning,
     day-peep, daybreak, daylight, dayspring, decimal, deep-dye,
     detonate, devotions, differential, digital, dip, discharge,
     distemper, divine service, dominant, double-dye, drill,
     driving age, drop, duty, dye, earlier, earliest, early, educate,
     eject, elder, elect, elemental, elementary, elite, emblazon,
     embryonic, enamel, engild, even, evening devotions, evensong,
     excellent, exceptional, excite, exercises, exponential,
     extraordinary, face, famous, fast-dye, fat, fell, fetal, figural,
     figurate, figurative, fine, finite, fire, fire off, first,
     first blush, first brightening, first glance, first impression,
     first inning, first lap, first move, first round, first sight,
     first stage, first step, first-class, first-rate, first-string,
     flower, flower of age, focal, for the best, fore, foregoing,
     forehand, foremost, formative, former, forward, foundational,
     fractional, fresco, front, frontal, full age, full bloom,
     full growth, fullgrownness, fundamental, galvanize, gambit,
     gestatory, get ready, get up steam, gild, glaze, gloss, grain,
     great, greatest, greenness, grown-upness, gun, gun for, handpicked,
     head, headmost, hegemonic, heyday, highest, hit, hue, humanoid,
     illuminate, imaginary, imbue, impair, impossible, in embryo,
     in its infancy, in the bud, inaugural, inceptive, inchoate,
     inchoative, incipient, incunabular, infant, infantile, infinite,
     inform, ingrain, initial, initiative, initiatory, instruct,
     integral, introductory, inventive, irrational, japan, juvenility,
     lacquer, lauds, lay on, lay on color, le premier pas, leading,
     legal age, legalis homo, let fly, let off, light, liturgy, load,
     logarithmic, logometric, magisterial, maiden, main, majority,
     make ready, manhood, manlihood, master, matchless, matins,
     mature age, maturity, meeting, morn, morning devotions, motivate,
     move, nascent, natal, negative, night song, none, nones, nonesuch,
     nonpareil, noteworthy, notify, novena, numeral, numerary,
     numerative, numeric, odd, office, older, opening move, optimal,
     optimum, ordinal, original, outstanding, overriding, overruling,
     paint, pair, paragon, paramount, parget, parturient, patriarchal,
     peak, peep of day, peerless, pelt, pepper, pick, pick off, picked,
     pigment, pinnacle, pioneer, pique, pistol, plug, positive,
     possible, postnatal, pot, potshoot, potshot, praise meeting,
     prayer, prayer meeting, prayers, preadamite, preceding, precurrent,
     predominant, preeminent, preexistent, preglacial, pregnant,
     prehistoric, prehuman, premier, prenatal, prepare, preponderant,
     prevailing, previous, pride, primal, primary, primavera,
     prime of life, prime song, primeval, primitive, primitiveness,
     primitivity, primogenial, primoprimitive, primordial, principal,
     prior, pristine, prize, procreative, protohistoric, protohuman,
     puberty, pubescence, public worship, queen, quicken, quintessence,
     quintessential, radical, ranking, rational, real, reciprocal,
     revival, revival meeting, riddle, ripe age, riper years,
     rudimental, rudimentary, ruling, seedtime, select, senior, service,
     set, sext, shade, shadow, shellac, shoot, shoot at, shoot down,
     slap on, slather, slop on paint, smear, smear on, snipe, sovereign,
     spread on, spread with, spring, springtide, springtime, stain,
     star, steam up, stellar, stimulate, stipple, strike,
     stuff with knowledge, submultiple, sunrise, sunup, supereminent,
     superior, superlative, supreme, surd, surpassing, take a potshot,
     tar, teach, tent meeting, the best, the best ever, the tops,
     the very best, tierce, tinct, tincture, tinge, tint, toga virilis,
     tone, top, topflight, torpedo, train, transcendental, tutor,
     undercoat, underived, undersong, unmatchable, unmatched,
     unparalleled, unsurpassed, uppermost, ur, varnish, very best,
     vesper, vespers, vestibule of Day, vigils, virility, warm up,
     warming-up, wash, watch meeting, watch night, watch-night service,
     whitewash, wind, wind up, womanhood, womanlihood, worthy,
     years of discretion, youth, youthfulness, zenith

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