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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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375 percent because they are tied to the short-term prime rates, financial sources said.
This hypothetical range indicates that the gap between the latent and lagged actual prime rates needed to induce a change would have to be at least 30 basis points for a decrease and 25 basis points for an increase.
Rates on housing loans tied to long-term prime rates are likely to be raised.
Most of Japan's major commercial banks have already announced plans to raise their short-term prime rates.
The three banks have pegged their prime rates at 2.