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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 ?
You will go and write your letter to the Prime Minister now, won't you?
If the country doesn't go to the dogs or the Radicals, we shall have you Prime Minister, some day.
When the time came to make that dream true the Prime Minister took the proper steps, and in three days you might more easily have found a bubble in the trough of the long Atlantic seas, than Purun Dass among the roving, gathering, separating millions of India.
The Prime Minister hasn't brought a valet; he's brought a secretary instead," observed Fisher.
Monsieur d'Herblay, you shall be cardinal, and when cardinal, my prime minister; and then you will point out to me the necessary steps to be taken to secure your election as pope, and I will take them.
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 Prime Minister consulted a calendar which lay open before him.
You are barely in the prime of life, you are strong, you have the one thing which society today counts almost divine--great, immeasurable wealth
 "Splendor of the universe," replied the Prime Minister, "it is
For reasons I shall not mention, by paths of descent I shall not describe, in the crown of my manhood and the prime of my devilishness in which Oxford renegades and racing younger sons had nothing on me, I found myself master and owner of a schooner so well known that she shall remain historically nameless.
We were saying that the parents should be in the prime of life?
Many people say that he is the most interesting man in England, and must be our next Prime Minister.