primary

[ prahy-mer-ee, -muh-ree ]SEE DEFINITION OF primary
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To remove this should be the primary object in gymnastic training.

His tone gave first place, primary consideration, to his work.

The primary—ah, booster, as you say, breaks free at twelve miles.

Its primary value, its primary indication, is for the teacher, not for the child.

Persons are supplementary to the primary teaching of the soul.

Now all unmixed and primary bodies are produced by such causes as these.

The argument is secondary, the finish of the verses is primary.

This, then, let us understand, is the primary object of all college teaching in this department.

Tree-fruits are evaporated as by-products, but the raisin is a primary product.

Procreation is one of the uses of sex-love, but it is not its primary function.

WORD ORIGIN

early 15c., "of the first order," from Latin primarius "of the first rank, chief, principal, excellent," from primus "first" (see prime (adj.)). Meaning "first in order" is from 1802. Primary color is first recorded 1610s (at first the seven of the spectrum, later the three from which others can be made); primary school is 1802, from French école primaire.

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