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primary industry
an industry, as agriculture, forestry, or fishing, that deals in obtaining natural materials. [1945-50] * * *
primary intention
Logic. See under intention (def. 5a). * * *
primary letter
Print. a lowercase character having neither a descender nor an ascender, as a, c, e, i, m, n, o, r, s, u, v, w, x, z. * * *
primary memory
Computers. See main storage. * * *
primary metal
metal derived directly from ore rather than from scrap. Also called virgin metal. Cf. secondary metal. * * *
primary mineral
▪ mineral classification       in an igneous rock, any mineral that formed during the original solidification (crystallization) of the rock. Primary minerals include ...
primary optical area
Graphic Design. a point in or toward the upper left-hand corner of a printed page, advertisement, or the like, looked at first in reading. Abbr.: POA * * *
primary phloem
Bot. phloem derived directly from the growth of an apical meristem. * * *
primary process
Psychoanal. the generally unorganized mental activity characteristic of the unconscious and occurring in dreams, fantasies, and related processes. Cf. secondary process. * * *
primary producer
—primary production. Biol. any green plant or any of various microorganisms that can convert light energy or chemical energy into organic matter. [1925-30] * * *
primary quality
Epistemology. any of the qualities inherent in an object, namely quantity, extent, figure, solidity, and motion or rest. Cf. secondary quality. [1650-60] * * *
primary rainbow
the most commonly seen rainbow, formed by light rays that undergo a single internal reflection in a drop of water. Cf. secondary rainbow. [1785-95] * * *
primary root
Bot. the first root produced by a germinating seed, developing from the radicle of the embryo. [1885-90] * * *
primary school
1. a school usually covering the first three or four years of elementary school and sometimes kindergarten. 2. See elementary school. [1795-1805] * * * ▪ ...
primary sex characteristic
Anat. any of the body structures directly concerned in reproduction, as the testes, ovaries, and external genitalia. Also called primary sex character. * * *
primary spermatocyte
Cell Biol. See under spermatocyte. [1895-1900] * * *
primary stress
primary stress or primary accent n. Linguis. 1. the heaviest stress or force given to one syllable in a spoken word or to one word in an utterance; the strongest of the four ...
primary stress.
See primary accent. [1950-55] * * *
primary syphilis
Pathol. the first stage of syphilis, characterized by the formation of a chancre at the site of infection. [1900-05] * * *
primary tissue
Bot. any tissue resulting directly from differentiation of an apical meristem. [1870-75] * * *
primary tooth
primary tooth n. MILK TOOTH * * *
primary type
Biol. a specimen used in the original description or illustration of a species. * * *
primary wave.
Seismol. See P wave. [1915-20] * * *
primary xylem
Bot. xylem derived directly from the growth of an apical meristem. * * *
primaryaccent
primary accent n. See primary stress. * * *
primaryatypical pneumonia
primary atypical pneumonia n. An acute infectious respiratory disease caused by the bacterium Mycoplasma pneumoniae, often in association with a virus, and characterized by ...
primarycare
primary care n. The medical care a patient receives upon first contact with the health care system, before referral elsewhere within the system. * * *
primarycell
primary cell n. A cell in which an irreversible chemical reaction generates electricity; a cell that cannot be recharged. Also called galvanic cell, voltaic cell. * * *
primarycoil
primary coil n. A coil to which the input voltage is applied in an inductively coupled circuit, especially a transformer. * * *
primarycolor
primary color n. A color belonging to any of three groups each of which is regarded as generating all colors, with the groups being: a. Additive, physiological, or light ...
primaryconsumer
primary consumer n. An animal that eats grass and other green plants in a food chain; an herbivore. * * *
primaryelection
primary election n. A preliminary election in which voters nominate party candidates for office. * * *
primarygrowth
primary growth n. Growth in vascular plants resulting from the production of primary tissues by a primary meristem. Elongation of the plant body is usually a consequence of ...
primarymeristem
primary meristem n. Meristematic tissue in vascular plants that is derived from an apical meristem, such as the procambium, protoderm, and ground meristem. * * *
primaryschool
primary school n. 1. A school usually including the first three or four grades of elementary school and sometimes kindergarten. 2. See elementary school. * * *
primarystress
primary stress n. In both senses also called primary accent. 1. The strongest degree of stress placed on a syllable in the pronunciation of a word. 2. The mark (ʹ) used to ...
primarystructure
primary structure n. The linear sequence of amino acids in a protein. * * *
primarysyphilis
primary syphilis n. The first stage of syphilis, characterized by formation of a painless chancre at the point of infection and hardening and swelling of adjacent lymph nodes. * ...
primarytissue
primary tissue n. Botany Any of various tissues derived from a primary meristem, such as the precambium, protoderm, or ground meristem. * * *
primarytooth
primary tooth n. See milk tooth. * * *
primaryverb
primary verb n. One of the three verbs be, do, and have, that can function either as a main verb or an auxiliary verb. * * *
primarywall
primary wall n. The wall layer of a plant cell deposited during cell expansion. * * *
primarywave
primary wave n. An earthquake wave in which rock particles vibrate parallel to the direction of wave travel. It can travel through solids and liquids. * * *
primaryxylem
primary xylem n. A type of xylem tissue derived from the procambium. * * *
primate
—primatal, adj., n. —primatial /pruy may"sheuhl/, primatical /pruy mat"i keuhl/, adj. /pruy"mayt/ or, esp. for 1, /pruy"mit/, n. 1. Eccles. an archbishop or bishop ranking ...
Primate of All England
/pruy"mit/, Ch. of Eng. a title of the archbishop of Canterbury. [1350-1400; ME] * * *
Primate of All Ireland
the official title of each of the two Archbishops of Armagh in Northern Ireland. One is the Roman Catholic Archbishop and the other is the Anglican ( Church of England) ...
Primate of England
Ch. of Eng. a title of the archbishop of York. [1350-1400; ME] * * *
Primates
/pruy may"teez/, n. the order comprising the primates. [1765-75; < NL, pl. of L primas one of the first, chief, principal. See PRIMATE] * * *
primateship
/pruy"mit ship', -mayt-/, n. primacy (def. 2). [1625-35; PRIMATE + -SHIP] * * *
primatial
See primate. * * *
Primaticcio, Francesco
born April 30, 1504, Bologna, Emilia died 1570, Paris, France Italian-born French painter, sculptor, and architect. In 1532 Francis I invited him to help redecorate the ...
primatological
See primatology. * * *
primatologist
See primatological. * * *
primatology
—primatological /pruy'meuh tl oj"i keuhl/, adj. —primatologist, n. /pruy'meuh tol"euh jee/, n. the branch of zoology dealing with the primates. [1940-45; PRIMATE + -O- + ...
primavera
primavera1 /pree'meuh vair"euh/, n. 1. a central American tree, Cybistax donnell-smithii, of the bignonia family, having showy, tubular yellow flowers. 2. Also called white ...
primaveral
/pruy'meuh vear"euhl/, adj. of, in, or pertaining to the early springtime: primaveral longings to sail around the world. [1815-25; < Sp or It primaver(a) spring (also Pg, Pr, ...
prime
—primeness, n. /pruym/, adj., n., v., primed, priming. adj. 1. of the first importance; demanding the fullest consideration: a prime requisite. 2. of the greatest relevance or ...
prime cost
that part of the cost of a commodity deriving from the labor and materials directly utilized in its manufacture. [1710-20] * * *
prime field
Math. a field that contains no proper subset that is itself a field. * * *
prime ideal
Math. an ideal in a ring with a multiplicative identity, having the property that when the product of two elements of the ring results in an element of the ideal, at least one of ...
prime interest rate
Banking. See prime rate. Also called prime lending rate. * * *
prime meridian
the meridian running through Greenwich, England, from which longitude east and west is reckoned. [1860-65] * * *
prime minister
—prime-ministerial /pruym"min'euh stear"ee euhl/, adj. —prime-ministership, n. —prime ministry. the principal minister and head of government in parliamentary systems; ...
Prime ministers of Australia
▪ Table Prime ministers of Australia name party or parties term Edmund Barton (Barton, Sir Edmund) (from 1902, Sir Edmund Barton) 1901–03 Alfred Deakin (Deakin, ...
Prime ministers of Canada
▪ Table Prime ministers of Canada party term Sir John Alexander Macdonald (Macdonald, Sir John) (1st time) Liberal-Conservative 1867-73 Alexander Mackenzie (Mackenzie, ...
Prime ministers of Great Britain and the United Kingdom
▪ Table Prime ministers of Great Britain and the United Kingdom* party** term Robert Walpole (Walpole, Robert, 1st earl of Orford) (from 1725, Sir Robert Walpole; from ...
Prime ministers of India
▪ Table Prime ministers of India name party term Jawaharlal Nehru (Nehru, Jawaharlal) Congress 1947-64 Lal Bahadur Shastri (Shastri, Lal Bahadur) Congress 1964-66 Indira ...
Prime ministers of Israel
▪ Table Prime ministers of Israel prime minister term David Ben-Gurion (Ben-Gurion, David) (1st time) 1948–53 Moshe Sharett (Sharett, Moshe) 1953–55 David Ben-Gurion ...
Prime ministers of Japan
▪ Table Prime ministers of Japan name party term Ito Hirobumi (Itō Hirobumi) (1st time)   1885–88 Kuroda Kiyotaka (Kuroda Kiyotaka, Count)   1888–89 Yamagata ...
Prime ministers of New Zealand
▪ Table Prime ministers of New Zealand* name party term Henry Sewell (Sewell, Henry) 1856 William Fox (Fox, Sir William) 1856 Edward William Stafford (Stafford, Sir ...
prime ministership
See primeministerial. * * *
Prime Minister’s Questions
questions put to the British Prime Minister in the House of Commons for half an hour each week, on Wednesday afternoons. The questions are from both government and Opposition ...
prime ministry
See primeministerial. * * *
prime mover
1. Mech. a. the initial agent, as wind or electricity, that puts a machine in motion. b. a machine, as a water wheel or steam engine, that receives and modifies energy as ...
prime number
Math. a positive integer that is not divisible without remainder by any integer except itself and 1, with 1 often excluded: The integers 2, 3, 5, and 7 are prime numbers. Also ...
prime number theorem
Math. the theorem that the number of prime numbers less than or equal to a given number is approximately equal to the given number divided by its natural logarithm. [1660-70] * * ...
prime rate
Banking. the minimum interest rate charged by a commercial bank on short-term business loans to large, best-rated customers or corporations. Also called prime, prime interest ...
prime rib
prime rib n. a choice cut of beef consisting of the seven ribs immediately before the loin * * *
prime ribs
a serving of the roasted ribs and meat from a prime cut of beef. Also, prime rib. [1955-60] * * *
Prime Suspect
a successful British series of six television dramas 1990–98, written by Linda La Plante, about a police detective, Jane Tennison, played by Helen Mirren. * * *
prime time
Radio and Television. the hours, generally between 8 and 11 P.M., usually having the largest audience of the day. [1955-60] * * *
prime-time
See prime time. * * *
primeinterest rate
prime interest rate n. See prime rate. * * *
primely
/pruym"lee/, adv. excellently. [1605-15; PRIME + -LY] * * *
primemeridian
prime meridian Jerry Malone n. The zero meridian (0°), used as a reference line from which longitude east and west is measured. It passes through Greenwich, England. * * *
primeminister
prime minister n. Abbr. PM 1. A chief minister appointed by a ruler. 2. The head of the cabinet and often also the chief executive of a parliamentary democracy.   prime ...
primeministerial
See prime minister. * * *
primemover
prime mover n. 1. a. One regarded as the initial source of energy directed toward a goal: Patriotism was the prime mover of the revolution. b. The initial force, such as ...
primeness
See primely. * * *
primenumber
prime number n. A positive integer not divisible without a remainder by any positive integer other than itself and one. * * *
primer
primer1 /prim"euhr/ or, esp. Brit., /pruy"meuhr/, n. 1. an elementary book for teaching children to read. 2. any book of elementary principles: a primer of phonetics. 3. See ...
primerate
prime rate n. The lowest rate of interest on bank loans at a given time and place, offered to preferred borrowers. Also called prime interest rate. * * *
primero
/pri mair"oh/, n. a card game fashionable in England in the 16th and 17th centuries. [1525-35; < Sp: lit., first < L primarius PRIMARY] * * *
primetime
prime time n. The evening hours, generally between 7 and 11 P.M., when the largest television audience is available.   primeʹ-timeʹ (prīmʹtīmʹ) adj. * * *
primeval
—primevally, adv. /pruy mee"veuhl/, adj. of or pertaining to the first age or ages, esp. of the world: primeval forms of life. Also, primaeval. [1765-75; < L primaev(us) young ...
primevally
See primeval. * * *
primi
pri·mi (prēʹmē) n. A plural of primo. * * *
primigravida
/pruy'mi grav"i deuh/, n., pl. primigravidas, primigravidae /-dee'/. Obstet. a woman pregnant for the first time. [1885-90; < NL, equiv. to L primi-, comb. form of primus first ...
primine
/pruy"min/, n. Bot. the outer integument of an ovule. Cf. secundine. [1825-35; < L prim(us) first (see PRIME) + -INE2] * * *
priming
/pruy"ming/, n. 1. the powder or other material used to ignite a charge. 2. the act of a person or thing that primes. 3. material used as a primer, or a first coat or layer of ...
primipara
—primiparity /pruy'mi par"i tee/, n. —primiparous, adj. /pruy mip"euhr euh/, n., pl. primiparas, primiparae /-euh ree'/. Obstet. a woman who has borne but one child or who is ...
primiparity
See primipara. * * *
primiparous
See primiparity. * * *
primitive
—primitively, adv. —primitiveness, primitivity, n. /prim"i tiv/, adj. 1. being the first or earliest of the kind or in existence, esp. in an early age of the world: primitive ...
Primitive Baptist
(esp. in the Southern U.S.) one belonging to a highly conservative, loosely organized Baptist group, characterized by extreme fundamentalism and by opposition to missionary work, ...
primitive cell
Crystall. a unit cell containing no points of the lattice except at the corners of the cell. [1930-35] * * *
primitive church
1. the early Christian church, esp. in reference to its earliest form and organization. 2. this church, esp. as representative of Christianity in its supposedly purest ...
primitive culture
Introduction       in the lexicon of early anthropologists, any of numerous societies characterized by features that may include lack of a written language, relative ...
Primitive Friends
a group of Quakers, noted for their extreme conservatism, who withdrew from the Wilburites in 1861. * * *
primitive gut
archenteron. * * *
Primitive Methodist
—Primitive Methodism. 1. a member of a Protestant denomination (Primitive Methodist Church) founded in England in 1812 and later established in the U.S., characterized by its ...
Primitive Methodist Church
▪ religious association       conservative Protestant church that developed in England. It was formed in 1811 by Hugh Bourne and William Clowes after their expulsion ...
primitive polynomial
Math. a polynomial that has content equal to 1. Cf. content1 (def. 10). * * *
primitive weevil
▪ insect also known as  straight-snouted weevils,        any of approximately 2,000 species of beetles related to the weevil family Curculionidae (insect order ...
primitively
See primitive. * * *
primitiveness
See primitively. * * *
primitivism
—primitivist, n. —primitivistic, adj. /prim"i ti viz'euhm/, n. 1. a recurrent theory or belief, as in philosophy or art, that the qualities of primitive or chronologically ...
primitivist
See primitivism. * * *
primitivistic
See primitivist. * * *
primitivity
See primitively. * * *
primly
See prim1. * * *
primness
See primly. * * *
primo
/pree"moh/; for 1, 2 also It. /prddee"maw/, n., pl. primos, primi /-mee/, adj. n. Music. 1. the part of a piano duet played on the upper half of the keyboard. 2. the first or ...
Primo de Rivera
/prddee"maw dhe rddee ve"rddah/ Miguel /mee gel"/, Marqués de Estella /mahrdd kes" dhe es te"lyah/, (Miguel Prima de Rivera y Orbaneja), 1870-1930, Spanish general and political ...
Primo de Rivera y Orbaneja,Miguel
Pri·mo de Ri·ve·ra y Or·ba·ne·ja (prēʹmō dā rĭ-vĕrʹə ēôr'bə-nāʹhä, thĕ rē-vĕʹrä ēôr'vä-nĕʹhä), Miguel. Marqués de Estella. 1870-1930. Spanish ...
Primo de Rivera, José Antonio
born April 24, 1903, Madrid, Spain died Nov. 20, 1936, Alicante Spanish politician. Son of the dictator Miguel Primo de Rivera, he began a legal career in 1925. In 1933 he ...
Primo de Rivera, José Antonio, marqués de Estella
▪ Spanish political leader born April 24, 1903, Madrid, Spain died November 20, 1936, Alicante       eldest son of the dictator General Miguel Primo de Rivera (Primo de ...
Primo de Rivera, Miguel
born Jan. 8, 1870, Cádiz, Spain died March 16, 1930, Paris, France Spanish general and dictator of Spain (1923–30). A military officer from 1888, he served as military ...
primogenital
See primogenitary. * * *
primogenitary
See primogeniture. * * *
primogenitor
/pruy'meuh jen"i teuhr/, n. 1. a first parent or earliest ancestor: Adam and Eve are the primogenitors of the human race. 2. a forefather or ancestor. [1645-55; < LL primogenitor ...
primogeniture
—primogenitary, primogenital, adj. —primogenitureship, n. /pruy'meuh jen"i cheuhr, -choor'/, n. 1. the state or fact of being the firstborn of children of the same ...
primogeniture and ultimogeniture
▪ law       preference in inheritance that is given by law, custom, or usage to the eldest son and his issue (primogeniture) or to the youngest son (ultimogeniture, or ...
primordial
—primordiality /pruy mawr'dee al"i tee/, n. —primordially, adv. /pruy mawr"dee euhl/, adj. 1. constituting a beginning; giving origin to something derived or developed; ...
primordial soup
Biol. 1. the seas and atmosphere as they existed on earth before the existence of life, consisting primarily of an oxygen-free gaseous mixture containing chiefly water, hydrogen, ...
primordially
See primordial. * * *
primordium
/pruy mawr"dee euhm/, n., pl. primordia /-dee euh/. Embryol. the first recognizable, histologically differentiated stage in the development of an organ. [1665-75; < L primordium, ...
Primorsky
▪ territory, Russia also spelled  Primorskiy,  English  Maritime Territory        kray (territory), Russia, between the Sea of Japan to the east and northeastern ...
primp
/primp/, v.t. 1. to dress or adorn with care. v.i. 2. to groom oneself carefully: The photographer waited while we primped. [1795-1805; akin to PRIM1] Syn. 1, 2. preen, prettify, ...
primrose
/prim"rohz'/, n. 1. any plant of the genus Primula, as P. vulgaris (English primrose), of Europe, having yellow flowers, or P. sinensis (Chinese primrose), of China, having ...
Primrose
/prim"rohz'/, n. Archibald Philip, 5th Earl of Rosebery. See Rosebery, Archibald Philip Primrose, 5th Earl of. * * * I Any flowering plant of the genus Primula, one of 28 genera ...
primrose family
the plant family Primulaceae, characterized by herbaceous plants having simple, opposite, whorled, or basal leaves, flowers with a five-lobed corolla, and capsular fruit, and ...
primrose jasmine
an evergreen shrub, Jasminum mesnyi, of China, having thick, shiny leaflets and yellow flowers with a darker eye. * * *
primrose path
1. a way of life devoted to irresponsible hedonism, often of a sensual nature: The evangelist exhorted us to avoid the primrose path and stick to the straight and narrow. 2. a ...
primrose yellow
primrose (def. 3). [1880-85] * * *
primrosepath
primrose path n. 1. A way of life of worldly ease or pleasure. 2. A course of action that seems easy and appropriate but can actually end in calamity. * * *
primsie
/prim"see, -zee/, adj. Scot. prim1. [1775-85; PRIM + -sie, sp. var. of -SY] * * *
primula
/prim"yeuh leuh/, n. primrose (def. 1). [1745-55; < ML primula, short for primula veris, lit., first (flower) of spring. See PRIME, -ULE] * * *
Primulaceae
▪ plant family       the primrose family, of the order Ericales, containing 28 genera of herbaceous flowering plants. Although worldwide in distribution, most species ...
primulaceous
/prim'yeuh lay"sheuhs/, adj. belonging to the plant family Primulaceae. Cf. primrose family. [1835-45; < NL Primulace(ae) family name (see PRIMULA, -ACEAE) + -OUS] * * *
primum mobile
/prddee"moom moh"bi le'/; Eng. /pruy"meuhm mob"euh lee', pree"-/, Latin. 1. (in Ptolemaic astronomy) the outermost of the 10 concentric spheres of the universe, making a complete ...
primummobile
pri·mum mo·bi·le (prīʹməm mōʹbə-lē', prēʹməm mōʹbĭ-lā') n. 1. The tenth and outermost concentric sphere of the universe thought in Ptolemaic astronomy to ...
primus
primus1 /pruy"meuhs/, n., pl. primuses. (often cap.) Scot. Episc. Ch. a bishop who is elected to represent the church body and to summon and preside at synods but who possesses ...
Primus
/pree"meuhs/ n. Pearl, born 1919, U.S. dancer, born in Trinidad. * * *
primus inter pares
/prddee"moos in"terdd pah"rddes/; Eng. /pruy"meuhs in"teuhr pair"eez, pree"-/, Latin. (of males) first among equals. * * *
Primus stove
/pruy"meuhs/, Trademark. a brand of portable oil stove used by campers and the like. * * *
Primus, Pearl
born Nov. 29, 1919, Port of Spain, Trin. died Oct. 29, 1994, New Rochelle, N.Y., U.S. U.S. dancer, choreographer, and anthropologist. Her family moved to New York City when she ...
primusinter pares
pri·mus in·ter pa·res (prīʹməs ĭnʹtər pârʹēz, prēʹmo͝os ĭnʹtər päʹrĕs') n. pl. pri·mi inter pares (-mī, -mē) The first among equals.   [Latin prīmus ...
prin
prin abbrev. 1. principal 2. principally 3. principle * * *
prin.
1. principal. 2. principally. 3. principle. * * *
prince
—princeless, adj. —princeship, n. /prins/, n. 1. a nonreigning male member of a royal family. 2. Hist. a sovereign or monarch; king. 3. (in Great Britain) a son or grandson ...
Prince
/prins/, n. 1. Harold S., born 1928, U.S. stage director and producer. 2. a male given name. * * * orig. Prince Rogers Nelson born June 7, 1958, Minneapolis, Minn., U.S. U.S. ...
Prince Albert
1. a city in central Saskatchewan, in S Canada. 28,631. 2. a long, double-breasted frock coat. * * * ▪ Saskatchewan, Canada       city, central Saskatchewan, Canada. ...
Prince Albert Mountains
▪ mountains, Antarctica       major mountain group of Antarctica. A section of the Transantarctic Mountains, the Prince Albert Mountains extend for about 230 miles (370 ...
Prince Albert National Park
a national park in W Canada, in central Saskatchewan. 1869 sq. mi. * * * Park, central Saskatchewan, Canada. Its main entrance is northwest of the city of Prince Albert. ...
Prince Andrew
➡ Andrew (I) * * *
Prince Charles
➡ Charles (I) * * *
Prince Charming
1. (sometimes l.c.) a man who embodies a woman's romantic ideal. 2. a man who avidly seeks the attention and affections of women; ladies' man. [1840-50; on the pattern of earlier ...
prince consort
a prince who is the husband of a reigning female sovereign. [1860-65] * * *
Prince Edward
➡ Edward * * *
Prince Edward Island
an island in the Gulf of St. Lawrence, forming a province of Canada: 116,251; 2184 sq. mi. (5655 sq. km). Cap.: Charlottetown. * * * Province (pop., 2000 est.: 138,900), ...
Prince Edward Island National Park
▪ park, Prince Edward Island, Canada       park in Canada, comprising a coastal strip along Prince Edward Island's north shore, 20 miles (32 km) northwest of ...
Prince Edward Island, flag of
▪ Flag History       Canadian provincial flag consisting of horizontal stripes of red and white bearing an elongated golden lion on the red stripe and three oak ...
Prince George
a city in central British Columbia, in W Canada. 59,929. * * * ▪ British Columbia, Canada       city, central British Columbia, Canada. The city lies at the ...
Prince George's
▪ county, Maryland, United States       county, south-central Maryland, U.S. It consists of a piedmont and plains region bounded by the Patuxent River to the northeast ...
Prince Henry
➡ Henry (V) * * *
Prince Michael of Kent
➡ Kent (IV) * * *
Prince of Darkness
Satan. [1595-1605] * * *
Prince of Peace
Jesus Christ, regarded by Christians as the Messiah. Isa. 9:6. [1350-1400; ME] * * *
Prince of Wales
1. a title conferred on the eldest son, or heir apparent, of the British sovereign. 2. Cape, a cape in W Alaska, on Bering Strait opposite the Russian Federation: the westernmost ...
Prince of Wales Island
1. the largest island in the Alexander Archipelago, in SE Alaska. 1500 sq. mi. (3990 sq. km). 2. an island in N Canada, in the Northwest Territories. ab. 14,000 sq. mi. (36,000 ...
Prince of Wales Museum of Western India
▪ museum, Bombay, India       museum in Bombay that was begun in 1905 and is housed in a domed building in the Indo-Saracenic style. Its collections include Tibetan art, ...
Prince of Wales Strait
Narrow channel between Banks Island and northwestern Victoria Island in the southwestern Arctic Archipelago of the Northwest Territories, Canada. It is about 170 mi (274 km) ...
Prince of Wales’s Phoenix Trust
an organization, started in 1997, whose president is the Prince of Wales, which repairs and finds new uses for large historic buildings, especially industrial buildings which are ...
Prince Patrick Island
▪ island, Canada       westernmost of the Parry Islands, in the Arctic Ocean, Northwest Territories, Canada. It is separated from Melville Island (southeast) by the ...
Prince Philip
➡ Philip * * *
prince regent
a prince who is regent of a country. [1780-90] * * *
prince royal
the eldest son of a king or queen. [1655-65] * * *
Prince Rupert
a seaport and railway terminus in W British Columbia, in W Canada. 14,754. * * * ▪ British Columbia, Canada       city, on Kaien Island in Chatham Sound, western ...
Prince Rupert's metal
a brass composed of from about 60 to 85 percent copper and about 15 to 40 percent zinc, used to imitate gold. Also called Prince's metal. [1690-1700] * * *
Prince William
➡ William (II) * * *
Prince William Sound
Inlet of the Gulf of Alaska, southern Alaska, U.S. It lies east of the Kenai Peninsula and spans 90–100 mi (145–160 km). It was named by the British captain George Vancouver ...
Prince's Island
former name of Príncipe. * * *
prince's pine
☆ prince's pine n. PIPSISSEWA * * *
prince's-feather
/prin"siz feth"euhr/, n. 1. a tall, showy plant, Amaranthus hybridus erythrostachys, of the amaranth family, having reddish foliage and thick spikes of small, red flowers. 2. a ...
prince's-pine
/prin"siz puyn'/, n. pipsissewa. [1810-20, Amer.] * * *
prince'sfeather
prince's feather (prĭnʹsĭz) n. 1. A tall plant (Polygonum orientale) of Asia and Australia, having hairy stems, broadly ovate leaves, and long spikes of pink or rose ...
prince'spine
prince's pine n. See pipsissewa. * * *
Prince, F T
▪ 2004       South African-born British poet (b. Sept. 13, 1912, Kimberley, S.Af.—d. Aug. 7, 2003, Southampton, Eng.), created a body of original poetry characterized ...
Prince, F.T.
▪ South African poet in full  Frank Templeton Prince   born September 13, 1912, Kimberley, Cape Province, South Africa died August 7, 2003, Southampton, Hamptonshire, ...
Prince, Hal
orig. Harold Smith Prince born Jan. 30, 1928, New York, N.Y., U.S. U.S. theatrical producer and director. He worked for the producer George Abbott before coproducing the ...
Prince, Harold
▪ American theatrical producer and director in full  Harold Smith Prince , byname  Hal Prince  born Jan. 30, 1928, New York, N.Y., U.S.       American theatrical ...
Prince, Morton
▪ American psychologist in full  Morton Henry Prince  born December 21, 1854, Boston, Massachusetts, U.S. died August 31, 1929, Boston       American psychologist and ...
Prince, The
(Italian, Il Principe) a treatise on statecraft (1513) by Niccolò Machiavelli. * * *
Prince,Harold Smith
Prince (prĭns), Harold Smith. Known as “Hal.” Born 1928. American stage director, producer, and writer whose productions include Damn Yankees (1955) and Fiorello! (1959), ...
PrinceAlbert
I. Prince Albert1 A city of central Saskatchewan, Canada, on the North Saskatchewan River north-northeast of Saskatoon. It was founded as a Presbyterian mission in 1866. ...
PrinceCharming
Prince Charming also prince charming n. 1. A man who fulfills all the romantic expectations of a woman. 2. A man who ardently seeks the company and affection of women.   [After ...
princeconsort
prince consort n. The husband of a sovereign queen. * * *
princedom
/prins"deuhm/, n. 1. the position, rank, or dignity of a prince. 2. the territory of a prince; principality. 3. princedoms, (in medieval angelology) principalities. Cf. angel ...
PrinceEdward Island
Prince Edward Island Abbr. PE or P.E.I. A province of southeast Canada consisting of Prince Edward Island in the southern Gulf of St. Lawrence. It joined the confederacy in ...
PrinceGeorge
Prince George A city of central British Columbia, Canada, at the confluence of the Fraser and Nechako rivers. Originally a fur-trading post called Fort George (established in ...
princekin
/prins"kin/, n. a small, young, or minor prince. Also, princelet /prins"lit/. [1850-55; PRINCE + -KIN] * * *
princeliness
See princely. * * *
princeling
/prins"ling/, n. 1. a young prince. 2. a subordinate, minor, or insignificant prince. [1610-20; PRINCE + -LING1] * * *
princely
—princeliness, n. /prins"lee/, adj., princelier, princeliest. 1. greatly liberal; lavish; magnificent: a princely entertainment. 2. like or befitting a prince; magnificent: ...
Princeof Wales
Prince of Wales n. 1. The male heir to the British throne. 2. Used as the title for the male heir to the British throne, conferred by the sovereign. * * *
Princeof Wales Island
Prince of Wales Island 1. An island of central Nunavut, Canada, in the Arctic Ocean northeast of Victoria Island. 2. An island of extreme southeast Alaska in the Alexander ...
princeps
(Latin; "first one," "leader") Unofficial title used by Roman emperors from Augustus (r. 27 BC–AD 14) to Diocletian (r. 284–305), a period called the principate. The title ...
princeregent
prince regent n. pl. prince regents or princes regent A prince who rules during the minority, absence, or incapacity of a sovereign. * * *
Princes in the Tower
a name given to the two young sons of King Edward IV, i.e. the boy king Edward V and his brother Richard, Duke of York (III)(3) (1472–83), who went to live in the royal ...
Princes Street
the main street in Edinburgh, Scotland, named after the princes who were sons of King George III. On its north side it has shops and restaurants and on its south side there are ...
princeship
See prince. * * *
princess
—princesslike, adj. —princessly, adj. /prin"sis, -ses, prin ses"/, n. 1. a nonreigning female member of a royal family. 2. Hist. a female sovereign or monarch; queen. 3. the ...
Princess Anne
➡ Anne (I) * * *
Princess Charlotte Bay
▪ bay, Queensland, Australia       inlet of the Coral Sea, indenting northeastern Queensland, Australia. Lying on the east shore, at the base of Cape York Peninsula, it ...
Princess Diana
➡ Diana, Princess of Wales * * *
princess flower
a shrub, Tibouchina urvilleana, native to Brazil, having showy purple flowers, cultivated as an ornamental. Also called glory bush. * * *
Princess Margaret
➡ Margaret * * *
Princess of Wales
the title given to the wife of the British Prince of Wales. Until her death in 1997 the title was held by Princess Diana, who married Prince Charles (the Prince of Wales) in ...
princess post
(in a queen truss) one of two vertical suspension members supplementing the queen posts nearer to the ends of the span. * * *
princess regent
1. a princess who is regent of a country. 2. the wife of a prince regent. [1705-15] * * *
princess royal
1. the eldest daughter of a king or queen. 2. (in Great Britain and, formerly, Prussia) an eldest princess to whom this title has been granted for life by the ...
princess style
▪ dress       in dress design, style of women's clothing characterized by garments that are closely fitted to the waistline, which is unbroken by a seam. The princess ...
princess tree
a Chinese tree, Paulownia tomentosa, of the bignonia family, having hairy leaves and clusters of fragrant, violet flowers, naturalized in the eastern U.S. Also called karri-tree, ...
princesse
prin·cesse (prĭn-sĕsʹ) adj. Princess: a gown cut on princesse lines.   [French, from Old French, princess. See princess.] * * *
princessroyal
princess royal n. 1. The eldest daughter of a British sovereign, who has had the title conferred on her for life by the sovereign. 2. Used as the title for such a woman. * * *
princesstree
princess tree n. See paulownia.   [AfterPrincess Anna Paulovna (1795-1865), queen of William II of the Netherlands.] * * *
Princeton
/prins"teuhn/, n. a borough in central New Jersey: battle 1777. 12,035. * * * ▪ New Jersey, United States       borough (town) and township, Mercer county, western New ...
Princeton University
one of the oldest and most respected universities in the US. It was established in 1746 and is in Princeton, New Jersey. Its presidents have included Jonathan Edwards (1757–8) ...
Princeton,Mount
Princeton, Mount A mountain, 4,330 m (14,197 ft) high, in the Sawatch Range of the Rocky Mountains in central Colorado. * * *
PrinceWilliam Sound
Prince William Sound An arm of the Gulf of Alaska east of the Kenai Peninsula. The worst oil spill in U.S. history occurred here in March 1989. * * *
Prince’s Trust
an organization established by Prince Charles in 1976. It aims to help young people to develop their skills through programmes of training and employment, and gives grants of ...
Princip, Gavrilo
born July 25, 1894, Obljaj, Bosnia died April 28, 1918, Theresienstadt, Austria Serbian nationalist and assassin of Archduke Francis Ferdinand. A Bosnian Serb, he sought to ...
principal
—principalship, n. /prin"seuh peuhl/, adj. 1. first or highest in rank, importance, value, etc.; chief; foremost. 2. of, of the nature of, or constituting principal or capital: ...
principal argument
Math. the radian measure of the argument between -pi and pi of a complex number. Cf. argument (def. 8c). * * *
principal axis
1. Optics. a line passing through the center of the surface of a lens or spherical mirror and through the centers of curvature of all segments of the lens or mirror. 2. Physics. ...
principal boy
n the leading male part in a pantomime, traditionally played by a young female actor. For example, Prince Charming is the principal boy in the pantomime Cinderella. * * *
principal clause
the main clause. * * *
Principal constituents of seawater*
▪ Table Principal constituents of seawater* ionic constituent g/kg of seawater moles/kg** relative ...
Principal cosmogenic and uranium-thorium series radioisotopes
▪ Table Principal cosmogenic and uranium-thorium series radioisotopes radioisotope half-life in years principal uses Cosmogenic isotope beryllium-10 1.5(106) dating ...
principal diagonal.
Math. See under diagonal (def. 9). [1960-65] * * *
principal focus
Optics. See focal point (def. 1). [1825-35] * * *
principal ideal
Math. the smallest ideal containing a given element in a ring; an ideal in a ring with a multiplicative identity, obtained by multiplying each element of the ring by one ...
principal ideal domain
Math. a commutative integral domain with multiplicative identity in which every ideal is principal. Also called principal ideal ring. [1960-65] * * *
principal meridian
☆ principal meridian n. a meridian line accurately laid out to serve as the reference meridian in land survey * * *
Principal national parks of the world
▪ Table Principal national parks of the world Africa Europe and Russia Asia North America and the Caribbean Australia and Oceania South ...
Principal nighttime meteor showers
▪ Table Principal nighttime meteor showers shower average date of maximum normal duration (days) visual strength (Northern Hemisphere) entry velocity (km/sec) associated ...
Principal oxidation reactions in the combustion of coal
▪ Table Principal oxidation reactions in the combustion of coal reaction change in heat (in British thermal units per pound-mole) carbon + oxygen = carbon ...
principal parts
Gram. a set of inflected forms of a form class from which all the other inflected forms can be derived, as sing, sang, sung; smoke, smoked. [1865-70] * * *
principal plane
Optics. a plane that is perpendicular to the axis of a lens, mirror, or other optical system and at which rays diverging from a focal point are deviated parallel to the axis or ...
principal point
Optics. the point where a principal plane intersects the axis. [1695-1705] * * *
principal quantum number
Physics. the nonnegative, integral quantum number that defines the stationary orbits in the Bohr model of the atom. Also called total quantum number. [1920-25] * * *
principal rafter
a diagonal member of a roof principal, usually forming part of a truss and supporting the purlins on which the common rafters rest. See diag. under king post. [1655-65] * * *
principal series
Math. See composition series. * * *


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