Priming of the tide
Priming Prim"ing, n. 1. The powder or other combustible used to communicate fire to a charge of gunpowder, as in a firearm. [1913 Webster]

2. (Paint.) The first coating of color, size, or the like, laid on canvas, or on a building, or other surface. [1913 Webster]

3. (Steam Eng.) The carrying over of water, with the steam, from the boiler, as into the cylinder. [1913 Webster]

{Priming of the tide}. See {Lag of the tide}, under 2d {Lag}.

{Priming tube}, a small pipe, filled with a combustible composition for firing cannon.

{Priming valve} (Steam Eng.), a spring safety valve applied to the cylinder of a steam engine for discharging water carried into the cylinder by priming.

{Priming wire}, a pointed wire used to penetrate the vent of a piece, for piercing the cartridge before priming. [1913 Webster]


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  • priming of the tide — acceleration of the time of high or low water in the 1st and 3d quarters of the moon opposed to lag of the tide …   Useful english dictionary

  • acceleration of the tide — priming of the tide …   Useful english dictionary

  • lag of the tide — the interval by which the time of high or low water falls behind the mean time in the 2d and 4th quarters of the moon opposed to priming of the tide …   Useful english dictionary

  • Lag of the tide — Lag Lag, n. 1. One who lags; that which comes in last. [Obs.] The lag of all the flock. Pope. [1913 Webster] 2. The fag end; the rump; hence, the lowest class. [1913 Webster] The common lag of people. Shak. [1913 Webster] 3. The amount of… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • priming of tide — the periodic acceleration in the time of occurrence of high and low waters due to changes in the relative positions of the Sun and Moon …   Dictionary of ichthyology

  • lag of the tides — noun The progressive lengthening of the interval between tides as neap tide is approached, opp to priming • • • Main Entry: ↑lag …   Useful english dictionary

  • Priming — Prim ing, n. 1. The powder or other combustible used to communicate fire to a charge of gunpowder, as in a firearm. [1913 Webster] 2. (Paint.) The first coating of color, size, or the like, laid on canvas, or on a building, or other surface.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Priming tube — Priming Prim ing, n. 1. The powder or other combustible used to communicate fire to a charge of gunpowder, as in a firearm. [1913 Webster] 2. (Paint.) The first coating of color, size, or the like, laid on canvas, or on a building, or other… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Priming valve — Priming Prim ing, n. 1. The powder or other combustible used to communicate fire to a charge of gunpowder, as in a firearm. [1913 Webster] 2. (Paint.) The first coating of color, size, or the like, laid on canvas, or on a building, or other… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Priming wire — Priming Prim ing, n. 1. The powder or other combustible used to communicate fire to a charge of gunpowder, as in a firearm. [1913 Webster] 2. (Paint.) The first coating of color, size, or the like, laid on canvas, or on a building, or other… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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