Definitions for: Primer


[n] the first or preliminary coat of paint or size applied to a surface
[n] any igniter by which an explosive charge is ignited
[n] an introductory textbook



Webster (1913) Definition: Prim"er, n.
One who, or that which, primes; specifically, an instrument
or device for priming; esp., a cap, tube, or water containing
percussion powder or other compound for igniting a charge of
gunpowder.


Prim"er, a. [OF. primer, primier, premier, F. premier.
See Premier.]
First; original; primary. [Obs.] ``The primer English
kings.'' --Drayton.

Primer fine (O. Eng. Law), a fine due to the king on the
writ or commencement of a suit by fine. --Blackstone.

Primer seizin (Feudal Law), the right of the king, when a
tenant in capite died seized of a knight's fee, to receive
of the heir, if of full age, one year's profits of the
land if in possession, and half a year's profits if the
land was in reversion expectant on an estate for life; --
now abolished. --Blackstone.


Prim"er, n. [Originally, the book read at prime, the
first canonical hour. LL. primae liber. See Prime, n., 4.]
1. 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. --Bp.
Stillingfleet.

2. 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. --Chaucer.

3. (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.

Note: Great primer type.

Synonyms: flat coat, fuse, fusee, fuze, fuzee, ground, primer coat, priming, priming coat, undercoat

See Also: coat of paint, couch, detonating fuse, igniter, ignitor, light, lighter, safety fuse, school text, schoolbook, speller, text, text edition, textbook, time-fuse

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