primer meaning

[ 'praimə ] Pronunciation:   "primer" in a sentence
  • Noun: primer  prImu(r)
    1. An introductory textbook 
    2. Any igniter that is used to initiate the burning of a propellant
      - fuse, fuze [N. Amer], fusee, fuzee [N. Amer], priming 
    3. The first or preliminary coat of paint or size applied to a surface
      - flat coat, ground, priming, primer coat, priming coat, undercoat

    Derived forms: primers

    See also: prime

    Type of: coat of paint, igniter, ignitor, light, lighter, school text, schoolbook, text, text edition, textbook

    Encyclopedia: Primer Primer, The

  • [Architecture]

    A paint, applied as a first coat, which serves the function of sealing and filling on wood, plaster, and masonry; inhibits rust and improves the adhesion of subsequent coats of paint on metal surfaces.


    A thin liquid bitumen solvent; applied to a roof surface to absorb dust and to improve the adhesion of subsequent applications of bitumen.


    A cartridge or container of explosives into which a detonator or detonating cord is inserted or attached.

  • [Medicine]
    n : a molecule (as a short strand of RNA or DNA) whose presence is required for formation of another molecule (as a longer chain of DNA)


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  1. the late prime minister attended the ceremony.
  2. let pi be the distinct prime divisors of m.
  3. prime minister was supplanted by his rival.
  4. what is the probability that it is a prime?
  5. his prime task is to lower the tax rate.

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