- of first importance; main；from which another thing may derive or proceed
- the state or time of greatest vigour or success in a person's life；the beginning of something
noun: prime, plural noun: primes
- 1. of first importance; main a nurse's prime concern is the well-being of the patient 同義詞 反義詞
- ▪ from which another thing may derive or proceed Diogenes' conclusion that air is the prime matter
- 2. of the best possible quality; excellent prime cuts of meat 同義詞 反義詞
- ▪ having all the typical characteristics of something the novel is a prime example of the genre 同義詞
- ▪ most suitable or likely any hospital with high costs is a prime candidate for closure
- 3. (of a number) divisible only by itself and unity (e.g. 2, 3, 5, 7, 11).
- ▪ (of two or more numbers in relation to each other) having no common factor but unity a congruence whose modulus is a number prime to
- 1. the state or time of greatest vigour or success in a person's life you're in the prime of life he wasn't elderly, but clearly past his prime
- ▪ archaic the beginning of something the prime of the world
- 2. a service forming part of the Divine Office of the Western Church, traditionally said at the first hour of the day (i.e. 6 a.m.), but now little used.
- 3. a prime number.
- 4. a symbol (ʹ) written after a letter or symbol as a distinguishing mark or after a figure as a symbol for minutes or feet.
- 5. the first of eight parrying positions, used to protect the upper inside of the body, with the sword hand at head height in pronation and the tip of the blade pointing downwards.
- 6. a special section in a cycle race, attracting a special prize.