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 To address improper priming of the market by SPAC sponsors, Mr. Gensler suggested the SEC require more-complete information to be disclosed at the time a merger between a blank-check company and its acquisition target is announced. Paul Kiernan, WSJ, 9 Dec. 2021 From using behavioral triggers to elicit deep emotional reactions to optimizing the customer’s sensory environment, haptic priming for digital experiences is highly effective. Tim Hassett, Forbes, 11 Nov. 2021 The designs of Indian miniatures were first drawn in rough outline in charcoal, which was subsequently painted over with sanguine followed by a very thin coat of white priming. Washington Post, 25 Aug. 2021 For some vaccines, for some of the studies and for some subpopulations, there seems to be evidence coming forward, more about people who are having a failure of the primary series and evidence on whether or not a third priming dose would help. Helen Branswell, STAT, 11 Aug. 2021 Such activity-dependent priming for how neurons connect with each other is critical actually. Gabriel A. Silva, Forbes, 27 May 2021 The first dose, called the priming dose, introduces the body to the spike protein on the surface of the SARS-CoV-2 virus that causes COVID-19. Elinor Aspegren, USA TODAY, 3 May 2021 No amount of pump-priming will fully reopen restaurants, nightclubs and offices while the virus remains prevalent—nor would that be desirable. The Economist, 6 Feb. 2021 The first shot acts as a priming dose for the immune system and is not believed to offer much protection on its own. Allyson Chiu, Anchorage Daily News, 3 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of priming

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for priming

prime entry 3 + -ing entry 1

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13 Dec 2021

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“Priming.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jan. 2022.

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