adjective (no comparative)
- 1.1 (major)(cause/factor/suspect)safety is a/the prime considerationto be of prime importancela seguridad es uno de los principales factores/es el principal factor a tener en cuentaser de primordial or fundamental importanciaExample sentences1.2 (first-rate)
(example/opportunity/location)(cut)in prime conditionen óptimas condicionesen excelente forma(car/antique)of prime qualityen excelente estadowhat a prime idiot she is!de primera calidad¡es una idiota de marca mayor!Example sentences
- He said that for people trying to get away from a life of drugs, having a roof over their heads was of prime importance.
- One of the prime characteristics of the U.S. upper class is its high level of organization.
- The productivity of agriculture depends upon the relative scarcity of the two prime factors of production: land and labor.
Example sentences1.3 (Mathematics)
- He said that he knew it was a prime site and an excellent location and the sale reflected confidence in the city as a location for development.
- For the main course, the choice of a prime cut of red meat gave the meal a high status and, for dessert, the homely comfort of stewed fruit was made special with the addition of port.
- For meat lovers there were wonderful cuts of prime beef, pork and lamb, rare breed sausages and a whole range of game products.
- This is a prime example of falling standards in public services.
- The three works on this disc are prime examples of Viennese Classicism at its best.
- For many, intimacy is a prime characteristic of chamber music and the Old Laundry provides that cosy and friendly feel for musicians and audience alike.
- Both 13 and 17 are prime numbers, divisible only by themselves and 1.
- The rest of the factors are each power of two times that prime number.
- Every positive integer can be factored into the product of prime numbers, and there's only one way to do it for every number.
- 1 uncountable (best time) See examples: to be in one's prime o in the prime of lifehe's past his primeestar en la flor de la vida or en la mejor edadthey were cut down in their primeya no es ningún jovencitowhen Romanticism was in its primemurieron en la flor de la vidathis bread is past its prime [humorous]cuando el romanticismo estaba en su apogeoeste pan está algo pasaditoExample sentences
- Although I'm the same age as Kylie I'm well past the prime of my looks.
- Here was a father who lost not one but two children in quick succession, in the prime of their lives.
- Veer-Zaara is running to packed houses and you have several women and youngsters applauding the love one man shows for the woman he met briefly in the prime of his youth.
- 3 countable (Mathematics)Example sentences
- These are the Fibonacci numbers that are primes.
- In his thesis Heilbronn also applied his result to primes in an arithmetic progression and to estimates of the sum of the Möbius function.
- You can also look for sequences of consecutive primes in arithmetic progression.
- 1.1 (prepare for painting)(wood/metal)aplicar una capa de imprimación or de base aExample sentences1.2
- If directed, prime the glass surface with a conditioning product.
- For Sea Form, Bontecou raked wet printer's ink on a primed plastic surface to depict an ethereal, six-pointed star shape that evokes a feathery nest or squirming creature.
Example sentences1.3 (brief) she was well primed for the interview
- He opened one of the Reiven's cargo units and reloaded and replaced his two pistols, strapped on a bandolier of explosives and loaded and primed a rifle.
- Within minutes he found a cache which included AK47 assault rifles, a pistol, six primed grenades, grenade fuses, ammunition, cash, drugs and literature.
- Before priming a grenade, check that the fuse holder is clean and free from obstruction.
he'd obviously been primed to say thatiba muy bien preparada para la entrevistaera obvio que le habían dicho que dijera esoExample sentences1.4 (with drink) See examples: they were well primed
- During CPB surgery, the CPB pump must be primed with crystalloid solutions to provide an air-free circuit.
- If your pharmacist assembled the unit for you, check to see if it has already been primed by pumping the unit once.
- The pump's valve is put into the well and then its cylinder primed with water to start the process.
se habían tomado unas cuantas [colloquial]
- Kathy was primed with the information and rang.
- Lacklustre reviews had primed me for disappointment with this one, and perhaps that's why, as I turned each page, my delight and fascination grew.
- I couldn't help but feel he was priming me so I'd say all the right things and sell it on his behalf if he should send anyone around for a look.
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