|1.||[ adjective ] of first rank or importance or value; direct and immediate rather than secondhand|
"primary goals" "a primary effect" "primary sources" "a primary interest"
|Related terms:||secondary original firsthand particular direct capital first-string first essential original elementary|
|2.||[ adjective ] not derived from or reducible to something else; basic|
"a primary instinct"
|3.||[ adjective ] most important element|
|Synonyms:||main principal chief|
"the chief aim of living" "the main doors were of solid glass" "the principal rivers of America" "the principal example" "policemen were primary targets"
|4.||[ noun ] (politics) a preliminary election where delegates or nominees are chosen|
|Related terms:||election direct_primary|
|5.||[ noun ] (zoology) one of the main flight feathers projecting along the outer edge of a bird's wing|
|6.||[ adjective ] of or being the essential or basic part|
"an elementary need for love and nurturing"
|7.||[ adjective ] of primary importance|
|8.||[ adjective ] (education) of elementary education|
|Synonyms:||basal basic beginning abecedarian|
"a basal reader" "children in the beginning reading classes" "the primary grades"
|9.||[ noun ] (physics) coil forming the part of an electrical circuit such that changing current in it induces a current in a neighboring circuit|
"current through the primary coil induces current in the secondary coil"
|Related terms:||coil transformer|