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prim·er 1

1. An elementary textbook for teaching children to read.
2. A book that covers the basic elements of a subject.

[Middle English, devotional manual, from Norman French, from Medieval Latin prīmārium, from neuter of prīmārius, first, from Latin, from prīmus; see prime.]

prim·er 2

1. A cap or tube containing a small amount of explosive used to detonate the main explosive charge of a firearm or mine.
2. An undercoat of paint or size applied to prepare a surface, as for painting.
3. Genetics A segment of DNA or RNA that is complementary to a given DNA sequence and that is needed to initiate replication by DNA polymerase.


1. (Education) an introductory text, such as a school textbook
2. (Printing, Lithography & Bookbinding) printing See long primer, great primer
[C14: via Anglo-Norman from Medieval Latin primārius (liber) a first (book), from Latin prīmārius primary]


1. a person or thing that primes
2. (Firearms, Gunnery, Ordnance & Artillery) a device, such as a tube containing explosive, for detonating the main charge in a gun, mine, etc
3. (Chemistry) a substance, such as paint, applied to a surface as a base, sealer, etc
Also called (for senses 2, 3): priming
[C15: see prime (vb)]


(ˈprɪm ər; esp. Brit. ˈpraɪ mər)

1. an elementary book for teaching children to read.
2. any book of elementary principles.
[1350–1400; Middle English < Medieval Latin prīmārium, n. use of neuter of prīmārius primary]


(ˈpraɪ mər)

1. one that primes.
2. a cap, cylinder, etc., that supplies a compound for igniting a charge of powder.
3. a first coat of paint, size, etc., given to any surface as a base, sealer, or the like.
4. a short piece of DNA added to one end of a strand of DNA in order to define the portion to be copied.


A book used to teach children to read, or one that covers the basics of a subject.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.primer - an introductory textbookprimer - an introductory textbook    
school text, schoolbook, text edition, textbook, text - a book prepared for use in schools or colleges; "his economics textbook is in its tenth edition"; "the professor wrote the text that he assigned students to buy"
speller - an introductory textbook to teach spelling
hornbook - a primer that provides instruction in the rudiments or basic skills of a branch of knowledge
2.primer - any igniter that is used to initiate the burning of a propellant
detonating fuse - a fuse containing an explosive
igniter, ignitor, lighter, light - a device for lighting or igniting fuel or charges or fires; "do you have a light?"
safety fuse - a slow-burning fuse consisting of a tube or cord filled or saturated with combustible matter; used to ignite detonators from a distance
time-fuse - a fuse made to burn for a given time (especially to explode a bomb)
3.primer - the first or preliminary coat of paint or size applied to a surfaceprimer - the first or preliminary coat of paint or size applied to a surface
coat of paint - a layer of paint covering something else
couch - a flat coat of paint or varnish used by artists as a primer
كِتاب يُعْطي الأسُسمادّة الأساس قبل الدّهان
podkladslabikářúvodzákladní příručka
grunnurkennslubók handa byrjendum
základná príručka
astartemel bilgiler kitabı


[ˈpraɪməʳ] N
1. (= textbook) → manual m básico
a French primerun manual básico de francés, un manual de francés elemental
2. (= basic reader) → abecedario m
3. (= paint) → pintura f base, imprimación f
4. [of bomb] → iniciador m


[ˈpraɪmər] n
(= paint) → apprêt m
(= book) → manuel m d'introductionprime rate ntaux m préférentielprime time
n (on TV, radio)prime time m, heures fpl de grande écoute, heure f de grande écoute
adj [programme, public] → de prime time


(= paint)Grundierfarbe f, → Grundierung f; (= coat)Grundierung f, → Grundieranstrich m
(esp Sch: = book) → Elementarbuch nt, → Anfangslehrbuch nt, → Fibel f
(= explosive)Zündhütchen nt, → Treibladungszünder m


[ˈpraɪməʳ] n
a. (textbook) → testo elementare
b. (paint) → vernice f base inv


(praim) verb
to prepare (something) by putting something into or on it. He primed (=put gunpowder into) his gun; You must prime (=treat with primer) the wood before you paint it.
ˈprimer noun
1. a book that gives basic information about a subject.
2. a substance put on a surface to prime it before painting.
References in classic literature ?
Yes, if your are good, and love your book, as the boys in the primer are told to do," said Meg, smiling.
A school for little children had been often in her thoughts; and, at one time, she had begun a review of her early studies in the New England Primer, with a view to prepare herself for the office of instructress.
Pearl, therefore -- so large were the attainments of her three years' lifetime -- could have borne a fair examination in the New England Primer, or the first column of the Westminster Catechisms, although unacquainted with the outward form of either of those celebrated works.
I am in the Sixth Reader but just because I cannot say the seven multiplication Table Miss Dearborn threttens to put me in the baby primer class with Elijah and Elisha Simpson little twins.
To this day, when I look upon the fat black letters in the primer, the puzzling novelty of their shapes, and the easy good-nature of O and Q and S, seem to present themselves again before me as they used to do.
It was actually fancied, at that period, that New England might have a John Rogers of her own to take the place of that worthy in the Primer.
These young ladies--not supposed to have been actually christened by the names applied to them, though always so called in the family from the places of their birth in barracks--are respectively employed on three-legged stools, the younger (some five or six years old) in learning her letters out of a penny primer, the elder
He spoke as though he had been reading from a child's Primer.
Petrushka could read and write and knew Paulson's primer, his only book, almost by heart, and he was fond of quoting sayings from it that he thought suited the occasion, especially when he had had something to drink, as to-day.
He can read his primer, and I have brought down my Virgil.
Ann Shirley must learn to control her temper," and then read it out loud so that even the primer class, who couldn't read writing, should understand it.
When Tarzan first put it into the written language of his own people he had not yet chanced upon either WHITE or SKIN in the dictionary; but in a primer he had seen the picture of a little white boy and so he wrote his name BUMUDE-MUTOMURO, or he-boy.