What is the meaning of primary?


  • A preliminary election where delegates or nominees are chosen.
  • One of the main flight feathers projecting along the outer edge of a bird's wing.
  • Astronomy) a celestial body (especially a star) relative to other objects in orbit around it. (
  • Coil forming the part of an electrical circuit such that changing current in it induces a current in a neighboring circuit.
    • usage: "current through the primary coil induces current in the secondary coil"


  • Of first rank or importance or value; direct and immediate rather than secondary.
    • usage: "primary goals"; "a primary effect"; "primary sources"; "a primary interest"
  • Not derived from or reducible to something else; basic.
    • usage: "a primary instinct"
  • Most important element.
    • usage: "the chief aim of living"; "the main doors were of solid glass"; "the principal rivers of America"; "the principal example"; "policemen were primary targets"; "the master bedroom"; "a master switch"
  • Of or being the essential or basic part.
    • usage: "an elementary need for love and nurturing"
  • Of primary importance.
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