• WordNet 3.6
    • n primer the first or preliminary coat of paint or size applied to a surface
    • n primer any igniter that is used to initiate the burning of a propellant
    • n primer an introductory textbook
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Primer (Print) A kind of type, of which there are two species; one, called long primer, intermediate in size between bourgeois and small pica [see Long primer]; the other, called great primer, larger than pica.
    • Primer A small elementary book for teaching children to read; a reading or spelling book for a beginner. "As he sat in the school at his prymer ."
    • a Primer First; original; primary. "The primer English kings."
    • n Primer One who, or that which, primes
    • Primer Originally, a small prayer book for church service, containing the little office of the Virgin Mary; also, a work of elementary religious instruction. "The primer , or office of the Blessed Virgin."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • primer First; original; primary.
    • n primer A first book; a small elementary book of instruction.
    • n primer Specifically (ecclesiastical), in England, both before and after the Reformation, a book of private devotions, especially one authorized by the church and partially or wholly in the vernacular, containing devotions for the hours, the Creed, the Lord's Prayer, the Ten Commandments. certain psalms, instruction as to elements of Christian knowledge, etc. Primers are extant dating from the fourteenth century and earlier. A reformed primer was set forth under Henry VIII. in 1545, and continued in use with alterations till 1575. A new series of primers began in 1553, and unauthorized primers were also often issued. Books of devotion closely resembling the old primers in contents and character are extensively used among Anglicans at the present day.
    • n primer This is Long Primer type.
    • n primer One who or that which primes. Specifically— A tube, cap, wafer, or other device, containing a compound which may be exploded by percussion, friction, or other means, used for firing a charge of powder.
    • n primer A small powder-horn containing fine powder used for priming.
    • n primer Any one of many cerambycid beetles whose larvæ bore into the twigs of various trees, weakening them and causing them to fall off as if pruned.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Primer prim′ėr or prī′mer a first book: a work of elementary religious instruction: a first reading-book: an elementary introduction to any subject: a kind of type of two species, long-primer (10 point) and great-primer (18 point).
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  • Jeremy Bentham
    Jeremy Bentham
    “The schoolmaster is abroad! And I trust to him armed with his primer against the soldier in full military array.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Originally, the book read at prime, the first canonical hour. LL. primae liber,. See Prime (n.), 4
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Orig. a small prayer-book.


In literature:

The Primer was a book of devotion, the Catechism was rather a summary of doctrines.
"A History of Giggleswick School" by Edward Allen Bell
She was presented with a primer and New Testament when she returned to her village after being in the hospital three months.
"Our Moslem Sisters" by Annie Van Sommer
The natives are small and slower than time in the primer.
"Around the World with Josiah Allen's Wife" by Marietta Holley
You check the primer; the tests show that it will explode when hit by the gun's hammer.
"Hanging by a Thread" by Gordon Randall Garrett
It was a raven, the hungry beggar in the jet-black coat, like the one in the primer.
"The Son of His Mother" by Clara Viebig
These primers are so condensed that nothing should be omitted.
"Applied Design for Printers" by Harry Lawrence Gage
Nicko was aft, watching the tube primers.
"Before Egypt" by E. K. Jarvis
Here they administered an oath of secresy to each other on a Primer.
"Guy Fawkes" by Thomas Lathbury
The only books kept in stock were almanacks, psalters, spelling books and primers.
"Glimpses of the Past" by W. O. Raymond
They read the ground, the streams, the sagebrush, and the horizon as a primer set in fat black type.
"The Price of the Prairie" by Margaret Hill McCarter

In poetry:

Primer where the angels all
God's grammar spell in small,
Nor spell
The highest too well.
"Any Saint" by Francis Thompson
The wisest was a Freshman once, just freed from bar and bolt,
As noisy as a kettle-drum, as leggy as a colt;
Don't be too savage with the boys,--the Primer does not say
The kitten ought to go to church because the cat doth prey.
"Meeting Of The Alumni Of Harvard College" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
I've crossed the Psalter with Brady and Tate,
And laid the Primer above them all,
I've nailed a horseshoe over the grate,
And hung a wig to my parlor wall
Once worn by a learned Judge, they say,
At Salem court in the witchcraft day!
"The Demon Of The Study" by John Greenleaf Whittier

In news:

From 'Acid' to 'Zinfandel,' A Wine-Lover 's Primer.
Immokalee voters to weigh in on master plan - a primer.
From 'Acid' to ' Zinfandel ,' A Wine-Lover's Primer.
Ref Aguayo, right, stands on a ladder as he applies a primer and sealer on the six-foot Abe Lincoln statue Thursday morning at Display Art Installation and Storage Services in Anaheim.
This post is the first of several primers on Social Security we will publish in the coming weeks to help journalists report on this topic.
A Q&A primer behind Friday's story about ant collection.
Master Gardener Ed Buyarski provides his annual primer on planting bulbs .
(Viewpoints, Nov 20): This whole Hostess situation is a primer in how capitalism is ruining the economy.
To do this, you also need a primer on how chimneys work.
A primer on Social Security.
Shop-sawn Veneers: A Primer .
An acidic and corrosive substance used in most types of acid-based nail primers .
Primers that contain absolutely no acid components at all.
Primer On the Rheumatic Diseases.
What's at stake in the debt-limit talks: a primer .

In science:

Janot, C.: Quasicrystals: A primer, Monographs on the physics and chemistry of materials, vol. 50, 2nd edn.
Random fields on model sets with localized dependency and their diffraction
Moore, “The Standard Model: A Primer,” Cambridge (2007).
Phenomenological aspects of new physics at high energy hadron colliders
Turing propuso el primer test de inteligencia para máquinas , el juego de la imitación (comúnmente conocido como el test de Turing) .
Analysis of first prototype universal intelligence tests: evaluating and comparing AI algorithms and humans
Así tenemos que tanto el primer como el tercero se encuentran dentro de la primera celda.
Analysis of first prototype universal intelligence tests: evaluating and comparing AI algorithms and humans
Margalit, A Primer on Mapping Class Groups, (Princeton, 2012).
Volume-preserving actions of simple algebraic Q-groups on low-dimensional manifolds