Definition of "primary" []

  • First or highest in rank, quality, or importance; principal. (adjective)
  • Being or standing first in a list, series, or sequence. (adjective)
  • Occurring first in time or sequence; earliest. (adjective)
  • Being or existing as the first or earliest of a kind; primitive. (adjective)
  • Geology Characteristic of or existing in a rock at the time of its formation. (adjective)
  • First in importance, degree, rank, etc (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • First in position or time, as in a series (adjective)
  • Fundamental; basic (adjective)
  • Being the first stage; elementary (adjective)
  • Of or relating to the education of children up to the age of 11 (adjective)
  • (of the flight feathers of a bird's wing) growing from the manus (adjective)
  • Being the part of an electric circuit, such as a transformer or induction coil, in which a changing current induces a current in a neighbouring circuit (adjective)
  • (of a current) flowing in such a circuit (adjective)
  • (of a product) consisting of a natural raw material; unmanufactured (adjective)
  • (of production or industry) involving the extraction or winning of such products. Agriculture, fishing, forestry, hunting, and mining are primary industries (adjective)
  • (of an organic compound) having a functional group attached to a carbon atom that is attached to at least two hydrogen atoms (adjective)
  • (of an amine) having only one organic group attached to the nitrogen atom; containing the group NH2 (adjective)
  • (of a salt) derived from a tribasic acid by replacement of one acidic hydrogen atom with a metal atom or electropositive group (adjective)
  • Derived from a word that is not a derivation but the ultimate form itself. Lovable is a primary derivative of love (adjective)
  • (of Latin, Greek, or Sanskrit tenses) referring to present or future time (adjective)
  • Relating to magmas that have not experienced fractional crystallization or crystal contamination (adjective)
  • A person or thing that is first in rank, occurrence, etc (noun)
  • A preliminary election in which the voters of a state or region choose a party's convention delegates, nominees for office, etc (noun)
  • A local meeting of voters registered with one party to nominate candidates, select convention delegates, etc (noun)
  • Any of the flight feathers growing from the manus of a bird's wing (noun)
  • A primary coil, winding, inductance, or current in an electric circuit (noun)
  • A celestial body around which one or more specified secondary bodies orbit (noun) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "primary" in a sentence
  • "I think your question is, if the primary ends tomorrow, what happens to Obama's * primary* money."
  • "Since the energy in the two circuits will be practically the same, it follows _that the ratio between the current in the primary and that in the secondary will be equal to the ratio of the number of turns in the secondary to the number of turns in the primary_."
  • "The primary art is writing; —primary, if we regard the purpose abstracted from the different modes of realizing it, those steps of progression of which the instances are still visible in the lower degrees of civilization."