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meanings of primer


  1. A prayer or devotional book intended for laity, initially an abridgment of the breviary and manual including the hours of the Virgin Mary, 15 gradual and 7 penitential psalms, the litany, the placebo and dirige forming the office of the dead, and the commendations.
  2. A pheromone which interacts first with the endocrine system.
  3. A layer of makeup that goes beneath the foundation; undermakeup.
  4. An introductory text on any subject, particularly basic concepts.
  5. A person who prunes trees.
  6. Any substance or device, such as priming wire or blasting cap, used to ignite gunpowder or other explosive.
  7. Similar works issued in England for private prayer in accordance with the Book of Common Prayer.
  8. An elementary school class; an elementary school student.
  9. A person who primes explosives.
  10. A substance used to prime wood, metal, etc. in preparation for painting.
  11. A layer of such a substance.
  12. A children's book intended to teach literacy: how to read, write, and spell.
  13. A molecule which initiates the synthesis of an enzyme, a single-stranded nucleic acid molecule which initiates DNA replication.
  14. A person who primes wood, metal, etc.
  15. A device used to prime an internal combustion engine with gasoline, in airplanes.


  1. First in time, initial, early.
  2. First in importance, premier.
  3. First in position, foremost.

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