Prime Prime, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Primed}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Priming}.] [From {Prime}, a.] 1. To apply priming to, as a musket or a cannon; to apply a primer to, as a metallic cartridge. [1913 Webster]

2. To lay the first color, coating, or preparation upon (a surface), as in painting; as, to prime a canvas, a wall. [1913 Webster]

3. To prepare; to make ready; to instruct beforehand; to post; to coach; as, to prime a witness; the boys are primed for mischief. [Colloq.] --Thackeray. [1913 Webster]

4. To trim or prune, as trees. [Obs. or Prov. Eng.] [1913 Webster]

5. (Math.) To mark with a prime mark. [1913 Webster]

{To prime a pump}, to charge a pump with water, in order to put it in working condition. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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