HyperDic: primary

English > 8 senses of the word primary:
ADJECTIVEallprimaryof first rank or importance or value
allprimarynot derived from or reducible to something else
allprimary, chief, main, principal, mastermost important element
allprimary, elementary, elemental, basalof or being the essential or basic part
NOUNactprimary, primary electiona preliminary election where delegates or nominees are chosen
animalprimary, primary feather, primary quillone of the main flight feathers projecting along the outer edge of a bird's wing
objectprimary(astronomy) a celestial body (especially a star) relative to other objects in orbit around it
artifactprimary, primary coil, primary windingcoil forming the part of an electrical circuit such that changing current in it induces a current in a neighboring circuit
primary > pronunciation
Soundspray'meh.riy
Rhymesaccusatory ... zealotry: 432 rhymes with riy...
English > primary: 8 senses > adjective 1
MeaningOf first rank or importance or value; direct and immediate rather than secondary.
Examples
  • "primary goals"
  • "a primary effect"
  • "primary sources"
  • "a primary interest"
NarrowercapitalOf primary importance
directAn immediate result or consequence
first-stringA regular member of a team
firsthandReceived directly from a source
original(of e.g. information) not secondhand or by way of something intermediary
particular, specialFirst and most important
See alsoessentialBasic and fundamental
firstpreceding all others in time or space or degree
originalBeing or productive of something fresh and unusual
OppositesecondaryOf second rank or importance or value
Spanishbásico, fundamental, primario, primordial, principal
Catalanbàsic, fonamental, primari, primordial, principal
Adverbsprimarilyof primary import / import
primarilyfor the most part
English > primary: 8 senses > adjective 2
Meaningnot derived from or reducible to something else; basic.
Example"a primary instinct"
Broaderunderivednot derived
Spanishprimario, primitivo
English > primary: 8 senses > adjective 3
MeaningMost important element.
Example "policemen were primary targets"
Synonymschief, main, principal, master
Broaderimportant, of importOf great significance / significance or value
Spanishprimordial, principal
Catalanprimordial, principal
English > primary: 8 senses > adjective 4
MeaningOf or being the essential or basic part.
Synonymselementary, elemental, basal
Broaderbasicpertaining to or constituting / constituting a base or basis
Spanishbásico, elemental
Catalanbàsic, elemental, primordial
English > primary: 8 senses > noun 1, act
MeaningA preliminary election where delegates or nominees are chosen.
Synonymprimary election
Narrowerdirect primaryA primary where voters directly select the candidates who will run for office
BroaderelectionA vote to select the winner of a position or political office
Spanishelecciones primarias, primarias
Catalaneleccions primàries, primàries
English > primary: 8 senses > noun 2, animal
MeaningOne of the main flight feathers projecting along the outer edge of a bird's wing.
Synonymsprimary feather, primary quill
Broaderflight feather, pinion, quill, quill featherAny of the larger / larger wing or tail feathers of a bird
English > primary: 8 senses > noun 3, object
Meaning(astronomy) a celestial body (especially a star) relative to other objects in orbit around it.
Categoryastronomy, uranologyThe branch of physics that studies celestial bodies and the universe as a whole
Broadercelestial body, heavenly bodynatural objects visible in the sky
English > primary: 8 senses > noun 4, artifact
Meaningcoil forming the part of an electrical circuit such that changing current in it induces a current in a neighboring circuit.
Example"current through the primary coil induces current in the secondary coil"
Synonymsprimary coil, primary winding
Part oftransformerAn electrical device by which alternating current of one voltage is changed to another voltage
Broadercoilreactor consisting of a spiral of insulated wire that introduces inductance into a circuit

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