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primer

noun prim·er \ ˈpri-mər , chiefly British ˈprī-mər \

Definition of primer

1 :a small book for teaching children to read
2 :a small introductory book on a subject
3 :a short informative piece of writing

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Primers were once a standard part of every child's education. The first primer printed in North America, The New England Primer (ca. 1690), was typical; it contained many quotations from the Bible and many moral lessons, and the text was accompanied by numerous woodcut illustrations. We no longer use the word in early education, but it's widely used in everyday speech. Notice how primer is pronounced; don't mix it up with the kind of paint that's pronounced with a long *i *sound.

Origin and Etymology of primer

Middle English, layperson's prayer book, from Anglo-French, from Medieval Latin primarium, from Late Latin, neuter of primarius primary


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primer

noun prim·er \ ˈprī-mər \

Definition of primer

1 :a device for priming; especially :a cap, tube, or wafer containing percussion powder or compound used to ignite an explosive charge
2 :material used in priming a surface called also prime coat
3 :a molecule (such as a short strand of RNA or DNA) whose presence is required for formation of another molecule (such as a longer chain of DNA)

First Known Use of primer

1650

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PRIMER Defined for Kids

primer

noun prim·er \ ˈpri-mər \

Definition of primer for Students

1 :a small book for teaching children to read
2 :a book or other writing that introduces a subject

Medical Dictionary

primer

noun prim·er \ ˈprī-mər \

medical Definition of primer

:a molecule (as a short strand of RNA or DNA) whose presence is required for formation of another molecule (as a longer chain of DNA)


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