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prime

1. Maths
a. having no factors except itself or one
b. having no common factors (with)
2. Maths short for prime number
3. Music
a. unison
b. the tonic of a scale
4. Chiefly RC Church the second of the seven canonical hours of the divine office, originally fixed for the first hour of the day, at sunrise
5. the first of eight basic positions from which a parry or attack can be made in fencing

prime

[prīm]
(engineering)
Main or primary, as in prime contractor.
In blasting, to place a detonator in a cartridge or charge of explosive.
To treat wood with a primer or penetrant primer.
To add water to a pump to enable it to begin pumping.
(mathematics)
References in classic literature ?
We shall have to have a serious talk," the Prime Minister said, "in a few days' time.
Heseltine thinks there's something behind this correspondence," the Prime Minister said slowly.
The Prime Minister hasn't brought a valet; he's brought a secretary instead," observed Fisher.
The Prime Minister prides himself on doing without a chauffeur, but he can't do without a factotum and Jack-of-all-trades; and poor old Bunker has to play the part of a universal genius, which God knows he was never meant for.
Monsieur," said Athos, dryly, "I have never had, as you have, the advantage of treating with Cromwell; and I have only seen his charges d'affaires sword in hand, I am therefore ignorant of how he treated with prime ministers.
The jewelled order of his knighthood went back to the Indian Government, and a new Prime Minister was appointed to the charge of affairs, and a great game of General Post began in all the subordinate appointments.
His eminence will continue to be prime minister and her majesty's favorite, if he will grant to me and my friends what we demand for France and for ourselves.
This so enraged the King that the Prime Minister was put
But he worships strange gods," said the prime minister, deferentially.
Each member of the Cabinet was informed of it yesterday, but the pledge of secrecy which attends every Cabinet meeting was increased by the solemn warning which was given by the Prime Minister.
The camp bullies and prime trappers of the party began to ruffle up, and to brag, in turn, of their perils and achievements.
In fact," pursued Aramis, quietly, "a cardinal, prime minister of France, assisted by the favor and by the countenance of his Most Christian Majesty the King of France, a cardinal to whom the king his master lends the treasures of the state, his army, his counsel, such a man would be acting with twofold injustice in applying these mighty resources to France alone.