Meaning of primary
Pronunciation: (prī'mer-ē, -mu-rē), [key]
— adj., n., pl. -ries.
- first or highest in rank or importance; chief; principal: his primary goals in life.
- first in order in any series, sequence, etc.
- first in time; earliest; primitive.
- of, pertaining to, or characteristic of primary school: the primary grades.
- constituting or belonging to the first stage in any process.
- of the nature of the ultimate or simpler constituents of which something complex is made up: Animals have a few primary instincts.
- original; not derived or subordinate; fundamental; basic.
- immediate or direct, or not involving intermediate agency: primary perceptions.
- (of social values or ideals) conceived as derived from the primary group and culturally defined as being necessary to the welfare of the individual and society.
- pertaining to any of the set of flight feathers situated on the distal segment of a bird's wing.
- noting or pertaining to the circuit, coil, winding, or current that induces current in secondary windings in an induction coil, transformer, or the like.
- involving or obtained by replacement of one atom or group.
- noting or containing a carbon atom united to no other or to only one other carbon atom in a molecule.
- (of a derivative) having a root or other unanalyzable element as the underlying form.
- (of Latin, Greek, Sanskrit tenses) having reference to present or future time. Cf.secondary(def. 9).
- something that is first in order, rank, or importance.
- Also calledprimary election.a preliminary election in which voters of each party nominate candidates for office, party officers, etc. Cf.closed primary, direct primary, indirect primary, open primary.
- a meeting of the voters of a political party in an election district for nominating candidates for office, choosing delegates for a convention, etc.; caucus.
- a primary feather.
- a winding in a transformer or the like that carries a current and that induces a current in secondary windings.
- a body in relation to a smaller body or smaller bodies revolving around it, as a planet in relation to its satellites.
- the brighter of the two stars comprising a double star. Cf.companion1 (def. 6).
- primary (Thesaurus)