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
Synonyms: primitive

"a primary instinct"

Related terms: underived
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"

Related terms: important
4. [ noun ] (politics) a preliminary election where delegates or nominees are chosen
Synonyms: primary_election
Related terms: election direct_primary
5. [ noun ] (zoology) one of the main flight feathers projecting along the outer edge of a bird's wing
Synonyms: primary_quill primary_feather
Related terms: flight_feather
6. [ adjective ] of or being the essential or basic part
Synonyms: elementary

"an elementary need for love and nurturing"

Related terms: basic
7. [ adjective ] of primary importance
Synonyms: basic basal

"basic truths"

Related terms: essential
8. [ adjective ] (education) of elementary education
Synonyms: basal basic beginning abecedarian

"a basal reader" "children in the beginning reading classes" "the primary grades"

Related terms: elementary
9. [ noun ] (physics) coil forming the part of an electrical circuit such that changing current in it induces a current in a neighboring circuit
Synonyms: primary_winding primary_coil

"current through the primary coil induces current in the secondary coil"

Related terms: coil transformer
Similar spelling:   primarily