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Definition of "priming" [prim•ing]

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

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.

Use "priming" in a sentence
  • "What I have seen is about as fine in grain as what we call priming powder in the navy."
  • "Saying that Keynesian pump-priming is like trickle-down theory is like saying that modern surgical practice is like Medieval theory of bodily humors."
  • "Mr. MacQueen also said the Fed's monetary stimulus is likely to prevent deflation and that the pump-priming from the central bank, which has fueled a selloff in the U.S. dollar, raises the risks of longer-term inflation."