primality

noun

pri·​mal·​i·​ty prī-ˈma-lə-tē How to pronounce primality (audio)
: the property of being a prime number

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web It’s fundamental to primality testing methods, and all the cryptology that goes with that. Dave Linkletter, Popular Mechanics, 28 Jan. 2022 Finding prime numbers is well-studied, and in this case Gedanke used a method called Baillie-PSW primality testing. Dave Linkletter, Popular Mechanics, 9 Aug. 2019 As numbers get bigger, the list of numbers that could divide them grows longer — there are more ways primality can fail in big numbers than in small numbers. Quanta Magazine, 10 Dec. 2018

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Word History

First Known Use

1908, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of primality was in 1908

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Cite this Entry

“Primality.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/primality. Accessed 29 Nov. 2022.

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