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Dictionary definition for: Primary

1. (n) a preliminary election where delegates or nominees are chosen

2. (a) of first rank or importance or value; direct and immediate rather than secondhand; "primary goals" "a primary effect" "primary sources" "a primary interest"

3. (n) one of the main flight feathers projecting along the outer edge of a bird''s wing

4. (s) not derived from or reducible to something else; basic; "a primary instinct"

5. (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"

6. (s) of or being the essential or basic part; "an elementary need for love and nurturing"

7. (s) of primary importance; "basic truths"

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