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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)
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Because adjustment of the prime rate to market developments may take a few weeks, we are interested primarily in tracking the cumulative response of the prime rate to changes in the market interest rate.
Changes in the week-ending prime rate from January 4, 1975, to October 15, 1999, fall into seven categories with the relative frequencies shown in Table 1.
The probability value of the Wald test for equal [beta] coefficients at all eight lags easily rejects in favor of the hypothesis that the prime rate takes longer to make a full adjustment to a decrease than an increase in the T-bill rate.
This means that the prime rate and the T-bill rates do not wander apart from each other in the long run.