prim·​ing | \ ˈprī-miŋ How to pronounce priming (audio) \

Definition of priming

1 : the act of one that primes
2 : the explosive used in priming a charge

Examples of priming in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In the absence of early priming (and in the presence of the right genetic mutation), a later infection can trigger leukemia. Melissa Healy,, "New 'unified theory' of childhood leukemia raises possibility of preventing the disease," 23 May 2018 But later infections, without the initial priming, can trigger leukemia in those with the genetic mutation. Meera Senthilingam And Jessie Yeung, CNN, "A germ-free childhood could trigger leukemia, scientist suggests," 22 May 2018 Without such microbial priming, the drugs may only offer a futile prod. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "Gut bacteria may make or break your chances of cancer treatment working," 5 Nov. 2017 A few months later came the revelation that a classic finding in the field of social priming had failed to replicate. Daniel Engber, Slate Magazine, "Daryl Bem Proved ESP Is Real," 17 May 2017 Happily, the audience does not in fact need such priming. Jesse Green, New York Times, "Review: In ‘Measure for Measure,’ Desperately Seeking Solutions in a Problem Play," 25 June 2017 Keynesian pump-priming is not what the economy needs now. N. Gregory Mankiw, New York Times, "A Tax Cut Might Be Nice. But Remember the Deficit.," 2 June 2017

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First Known Use of priming

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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