primer

[ prim-er or, esp. British, prahy-mer ]SEE DEFINITION OF primer

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The primer, not the bayonet, should be relied upon to uphold the liberty of a nation.

There is 'The Raven,' the first primer, the multiplication table.

In such a room he had studied his primer and his Ray's Arithmetic.

She introduced a primer with small black illustrations which fascinated Susan.

Then, to stop this "erosion," the obturating (sealing) primer came into use.

No. 3, the man with the tube-pouch, got out his lanyard and hooked it to a primer.

But this morning he was at his desk copying from his Primer on to his slate.

But then he had been in the Primer Class from the beginning.

A primer of information about the history and uses of italic letters.

A primer of information about the processes of electrotyping and stereotyping.

WORD ORIGIN

late 14c., "prayer-book," also "school book" (senses not distinguished in Middle Ages, as reading was taught from prayer books), from Medieval Latin primarius, from Latin primus "first" (see prime (adj.)). The word also might be all or in part from prime (n.) on the same notion as a "Book of Hours." Meaning "small introductory book on any topic" is from 1807.

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