- n a preliminary election where delegates or nominees are chosen
- n one of the main flight feathers projecting along the outer edge of a bird's wing
- n (astronomy) a celestial body (especially a star) relative to other objects in orbit around it
- n coil forming the part of an electrical circuit such that changing current in it induces a current in a neighboring circuit
current through the primary coil induces current in the secondary coil
- a of first rank or importance or value; direct and immediate rather than secondary
a primary effect
a primary interest
- s not derived from or reducible to something else; basic
a primary instinct
- s most important element
policemen were primary targets
- s of or being the essential or basic part
- s of primary importance
- We considered a privately-funded state-run primary; a party-run primary; and even a vote-by-mail primary.
- The first map shows the breakdown for the Schundler-Franks primary in 2001; the second shows the results for the Christie-Lonegan primary in 2009.
- As primary season begins, how the Democratic candidates stand depends very much on the groundwork they've laid.
- Bill Clinton in Dallas Morning News
He has shown a clear grasp of foreign policy and national security challenges. ...... The long, hard primary tested and strengthened him. And in his first presidential decision, the selection of a running mate, he hit it out of the park,Mr....
- Henry Paulson in Wall Street Journal Blogs (blog)
Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson said the Bush administration's "primary focus is supporting Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac in their current form."
- Hillary Rodham Clinton in ABC News
My husband did not wrap up the nomination in 1992 until he won the California primary somewhere in the middle of June, right? We all remember Bobby Kennedy was assassinated in June in California. I don't understand it,Clinton said.