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 for priming
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 The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Priming \Prim"ing\, n.
     1. The powder or other combustible used to communicate fire
        to a charge of gunpowder, as in a firearm.
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     2. (Paint.) The first coating of color, size, or the like,
        laid on canvas, or on a building, or other surface.
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     3. (Steam Eng.) The carrying over of water, with the steam,
        from the boiler, as into the cylinder.
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     Priming of the tide. See Lag of the tide, under 2d Lag.
     Priming tube, a small pipe, filled with a combustible
        composition for firing cannon.
     Priming valve (Steam Eng.), a spring safety valve applied
        to the cylinder of a steam engine for discharging water
        carried into the cylinder by priming.
     Priming wire, a pointed wire used to penetrate the vent of
        a piece, for piercing the cartridge before priming.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: the act of making something ready
      2: any igniter that is used to initiate the burning of a
         propellant [syn: fuse, fuze, fusee, fuzee, primer,
      3: the first or preliminary coat of paint or size applied to a
         surface [syn: flat coat, ground, primer, priming,
         primer coat, priming coat, undercoat]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  68 Moby Thesaurus words for "priming":
     blasting cap, calcimining, cap, chromogen, coat, coat of paint,
     coating, color, color filter, color gelatin, colorant, coloring,
     covering, cramming, dead-color, detonating powder, detonator,
     distemper, drier, dye, dyestuff, electric detonator, enameling,
     exploder, exterior paint, flat coat, flat wash, floor enamel,
     fresco, fulminating mercury, fuse, gilding, glazing, glossing,
     ground, interior paint, japanning, medium, mercury fulminate,
     opaque color, paint, painting, percussion cap, pigment,
     pre-education, preinstruction, primacord, prime coat, primer,
     shellacking, squib, stain, staining, stippling, tempera, thinner,
     tinction, tincture, transparent color, turpentine, turps,
     undercoat, undercoating, varnishing, vehicle, wash, wash coat,

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