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What does "Primary" mean?


(a.) Earliest formed; fundamental (a.) First in dignity or importance; chief; principal; as, primary planets; a matter of primary importance (a.) First in order of time or development or in intention; primitive; fundamental; original (a.) First in order, as being preparatory to something higher; as, primary assemblies; primary schools (a.) Illustrating, possessing, or characterized by, some quality or property in the first degree; having undergone the first stage of substitution or replacement (n.) A primary meeting; a caucus (n.) A primary planet; the brighter component of a double star. See under Planet (n.) One of the large feathers on the distal joint of a bird's wing. See Plumage, and Illust. of Bird (n.) That which stands first in order, rank, or importance; a chief matter

Synonyms principal, essential, direct, particular, simple, special, original, basic, firsthand, beginning, main, chief, primitive, elementary, basal, abecedarian, underived, primary election, first-string, primary feather, primary coil, primary quill, primary winding

Example: "Current through the primary coil induces current in the secondary coil" Example: "Primary goals" Example: "A primary instinct"

Word Family primaries, primarily