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Meaning of PRIMER

Pronunciation:  'prImur

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  the first or preliminary coat of paint or size applied to a surface
  2. [n]  any igniter by which an explosive charge is ignited
  3. [n]  an introductory textbook

PRIMER is a 6 letter word that starts with P.


 Synonyms: flat coat, fuse, fusee, fuze, fuzee, ground, primer coat, priming, priming coat, undercoat
 See Also: coat of paint, couch, detonating fuse, igniter, ignitor, light, lighter, safety fuse, school text, schoolbook, speller, text, text edition, textbook, time-fuse



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Prim"er\, n.
    One who, or that which, primes; specifically, an instrument
    or device for priming; esp., a cap, tube, or water containing
    percussion powder or other compound for igniting a charge of
  2. \Prim"er\, a. [OF. primer, primier, premier, F. premier.
    See {Premier}.]
    First; original; primary. [Obs.] ``The primer English
    kings.'' --Drayton.
    {Primer fine} (O. Eng. Law), a fine due to the king on the
       writ or commencement of a suit by fine. --Blackstone.
    {Primer seizin} (Feudal Law), the right of the king, when a
       tenant in capite died seized of a knight's fee, to receive
       of the heir, if of full age, one year's profits of the
       land if in possession, and half a year's profits if the
       land was in reversion expectant on an estate for life; --
       now abolished. --Blackstone.
  3. \Prim"er\, n. [Originally, the book read at prime, the
    first canonical hour. LL. primae liber. See {Prime}, n., 4.]
    1. Originally, a small prayer book for church service,
       containing the little office of the Virgin Mary; also, a
       work of elementary religious instruction.
             The primer, or office of the Blessed Virgin. --Bp.
    2. A small elementary book for teaching children to read; a
       reading or spelling book for a beginner.
             As he sat in the school at his prymer. --Chaucer.
    3. (Print.) A kind of type, of which there are two species;
       one, called {long primer}, intermediate in size between
       bourgeois and small pica [see {Long primer}]; the other,
       called {great primer}, larger than pica.
    Note: Great primer type.
Biology Dictionary
 Definition: Short pre-existing polynucleotide chain to which new deoxyribonucleotides can be added by DNA polymerase.
  1. A short DNA or RNA fragment annealed to single-stranded DNA, from which DNA polymerase extends a new DNA strand to produce a duplex molecule.
  2. Short preexisting polynucleotide chain to which new deoxyribonucleotides can be added by DNA polymerase.