# Prime vs. Prize

## Prime and Prize Definitions

#### Prime

First or highest in rank or importance; main

Our prime consideration is for the children's safety. See Usage Note at perfect.

#### Prize

Something offered or won as an award for superiority or victory, as in a contest or competition.

#### Prime

Highest in quality; excellent

Prime real estate.

#### Prize

Something offered or won in a lottery or similar game of chance.

#### Prime

Being the most desired or suitable example of something

A prime candidate for the study.

#### Prize

Something worth striving for; a highly desirable possession.

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#### Prime

Of or relating to the USDA highest grade of beef, having abundant marbling and usually only sold at restaurants.

#### Prize

Something seized by force or taken as booty, especially an enemy ship and its cargo captured at sea during wartime.

#### Prime

First or early in time, order, or sequence

The prime action of the drug.

#### Prize

Chiefly Southern US Something used as a lever or for prying.

#### Prime

(Mathematics) Of, relating to, or being a prime number.

#### Prize

Offered or given as a prize

A prize cup.

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#### Prime

The period of greatest physical and mental robustness

Athletes in the prime of their lives.

#### Prize

Given a prize, or likely to win a prize

A prize cow.

#### Prime

The period of best performance or peak activity

This car is definitely past its prime.

#### Prize

Worthy of a prize; first-class

Our prize azaleas.

#### Prime

To make ready; prepare

Guard dogs primed for attack.

#### Prize

To value highly; esteem or treasure.

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#### Prime

To prepare (a gun or mine) for firing by inserting a charge of gunpowder or a primer.

#### Prize

To estimate the worth of; evaluate.

#### Prime

To prepare for operation, as by pouring water into a pump or gasoline into a carburetor.

#### Prize

To move or force with a lever; pry

Prized open the antique chest.

#### Prime

To prepare (a surface) for painting by covering with size, primer, or an undercoat.

#### Prize

That which is taken from another; something captured; a thing seized by force, stratagem, or superior power.

#### Prime

To inform or instruct beforehand; coach.

#### Prize

Anything captured by a belligerent using the rights of war; especially, property captured at sea in virtue of the rights of war, as a vessel.

#### Prime

To become prepared for future action or operation.

#### Prize

An honour or reward striven for in a competitive contest; anything offered to be competed for, or as an inducement to, or reward of, effort.

#### Prime

First in importance, degree, or rank.

Our prime concern here is to keep the community safe.

#### Prize

That which may be won by chance, as in a lottery.

#### Prime

First in time, order, or sequence.

Both the English and French governments established prime meridians in their capitals.

#### Prize

Anything worth striving for; a valuable possession held or in prospect.

#### Prime

First in excellence, quality, or value.

This is a prime location for a bookstore.

#### Prize

(obsolete) A contest for a reward; competition.

#### Prime

Having exactly two integral factors: itself and unity (1 in the case of integers).

Thirteen is a prime number.

#### Prize

A lever; a pry; also, the hold of a lever.

#### Prime

Such that if it divides a product, it divides one of the multiplicands.

#### Prize

Obsolete form of price

#### Prime

(mathematics) Having its complement closed under multiplication: said only of ideals.

#### Prize

To consider highly valuable; to esteem.

#### Prime

Marked or distinguished by the prime symbol.

#### Prize

(obsolete) To set or estimate the value of; to appraise; to price; to rate.

#### Prime

Early; blooming; being in the first stage.

#### Prize

To move with a lever; to force up or open; to prise or pry.

#### Prime

(obsolete) Lecherous, lewd, lustful.

#### Prize

(obsolete) To compete in a prizefight.

#### Prime

(historical) The first hour of daylight; the first canonical hour.

#### Prize

Having won a prize; award-winning.

A prize vegetable

#### Prime

(Christianity) The religious service appointed to this hour.

#### Prize

; exceptional.

He was a prize fool.

#### Prime

(obsolete) The early morning generally.

#### Prize

That which is taken from another; something captured; a thing seized by force, stratagem, or superior power.

I will depart my pris, or my prey, by deliberation.

His own prize,Whom formerly he had in battle won.

#### Prime

The earliest stage of something.

#### Prize

Anything captured by a belligerent using the rights of war; esp., property captured at sea in virtue of the rights of war, as a vessel.

I'll never wrestle for prize more.

I fought and conquered, yet have lost the prize.

#### Prime

The most active, thriving, or successful stage or period.

#### Prize

That which may be won by chance, as in a lottery.

#### Prime

The chief or best individual or part.

#### Prize

Anything worth striving for; a valuable possession held or in prospect.

I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.

#### Prime

(music) The first note or tone of a musical scale.

#### Prize

A contest for a reward; competition.

#### Prime

(fencing) The first defensive position, with the sword hand held at head height, and the tip of the sword at head height.

#### Prize

A lever; a pry; also, the hold of a lever.

#### Prime

A prime element of a mathematical structure, particularly a prime number.

3 is a prime.

#### Prize

Estimation; valuation.

#### Prime

(card games) A four-card hand containing one card of each suit in the game of primero; the opposite of a flush in poker.

#### Prize

To move with a lever; to force up or open; to pry.

#### Prime

(backgammon) Six consecutive blocks, which prevent the opponent's pieces from passing.

I'm threatening to build a prime here.

#### Prize

To set or estimate the value of; to appraise; to price; to rate.

A goodly price that I was prized at.

I prize it [life] not a straw, but for mine honor.

#### Prime

The symbol ′ used to indicate feet, minutes, derivation and other measures and mathematical operations.

#### Prize

To value highly; to estimate to be of great worth; to esteem.

I prized your person, but your crown disdain.

#### Prime

Any number expressing the combining weight or equivalent of any particular element; so called because these numbers were respectively reduced to their lowest relative terms on the fixed standard of hydrogen as 1.

#### Prize

Something given for victory or superiority in a contest or competition or for winning a lottery;

The prize was a free trip to Europe

#### Prime

An inch, as composed of twelve seconds in the duodecimal system.

#### Prize

Goods or money obtained illegally

#### Prime

(obsolete) The priming in a flintlock.

#### Prize

Something given as a token of victory

#### Prime

A feather, from the wing of the cock ostrich, that is of the palest possible shade.

#### Prize

Hold dear;

I prize these old photographs

#### Prime

(cycling) An intermediate sprint within a race, usually offering a prize and/or points.

#### Prize

To move or force, especially in an effort to get something open;

The burglar jimmied the lock

Raccoons managed to pry the lid off the garbage pail

#### Prime

(transitive) To prepare a mechanism for its main work.

You'll have to press this button twice to prime the fuel pump.

#### Prize

Regard highly; think much of;

I respect his judgement

We prize his creativity

#### Prime

(transitive) To apply a coat of primer paint to.

I need to prime these handrails before we can apply the finish coat.

#### Prize

Of superior grade;

Choice wines

Prime beef

Prize carnations

Quality paper

Select peaches

#### Prime

To be renewed.

#### Prime

(intransitive) To serve as priming for the charge of a gun.

#### Prime

To work so that foaming occurs from too violent ebullition, which causes water to become mixed with, and be carried along with, the steam that is formed.

#### Prime

To apply priming to (a musket or cannon); to apply a primer to (a metallic cartridge).

#### Prime

To prepare; to make ready; to instruct beforehand; to coach.

To prime a witness

The boys are primed for mischief.

#### Prime

To trim or prune.

To prime trees

#### Prime

(math) To mark with a prime mark.

#### Prime

First in order of time; original; primeval; primitive; primary.

She was not the prime cause, but I myself.

#### Prime

First in rank, degree, dignity, authority, or importance; as, prime minister.

#### Prime

First in excellence; of highest quality; as, prime wheat; a prime quality of cloth.

#### Prime

Early; blooming; being in the first stage.

His starry helm, unbuckled, showed him primeIn manhood where youth ended.

#### Prime

Lecherous; lustful; lewd.

#### Prime

Marked or distinguished by a mark (´) called a prime mark.

#### Prime

Divisible by no number except itself or unity; as, 7 is a prime number.

#### Prime

The first part; the earliest stage; the beginning or opening, as of the day, the year, etc.; hence, the dawn; the spring.

In the very prime of the world.

Hope waits upon the flowery prime.

#### Prime

The spring of life; youth; hence, full health, strength, or beauty; perfection.

#### Prime

That which is first in quantity; the most excellent portion; the best part.

Give him always of the prime.

#### Prime

The morning; specifically (R. C. Ch.), the first canonical hour, succeeding to lauds.

Early and late it rung, at evening and at prime.

They sleep till that it was pryme large.

#### Prime

The first of the chief guards.

#### Prime

Any number expressing the combining weight or equivalent of any particular element; - so called because these numbers were respectively reduced to their lowest relative terms on the fixed standard of hydrogen as 1.

#### Prime

To apply priming to, as a musket or a cannon; to apply a primer to, as a metallic cartridge.

#### Prime

To lay the first color, coating, or preparation upon (a surface), as in painting; as, to prime a canvas, a wall.

#### Prime

To prepare; to make ready; to instruct beforehand; to post; to coach; as, to prime a witness; the boys are primed for mischief.

#### Prime

To trim or prune, as trees.

#### Prime

To mark with a prime mark.

#### Prime

To be renewed, or as at first.

Night's bashful empress, though she often wane,As oft repeats her darkness, primes again.

#### Prime

To serve as priming for the charge of a gun.

#### Prime

To work so that foaming occurs from too violent ebullition, which causes water to become mixed with, and be carried along with, the steam that is formed; - said of a steam boiler.

#### Prime

A number that has no factor but itself and 1

#### Prime

The period of greatest prosperity or productivity

#### Prime

The second canonical hour; about 6 a.m.

#### Prime

The time of maturity when power and vigor are greatest

#### Prime

Insert a primer into (a gun, mine, charge, etc.) preparatory to detonation or firing;

Prime a cannon

Prime a mine

#### Prime

Cover with a primer; apply a primer to

#### Prime

Fill with priming liquid;

Prime a car engine

#### Prime

First in rank or degree;

An architect of premier rank

The prime minister

#### Prime

Used of the first or originating agent;

Prime mover

#### Prime

Of superior grade;

Choice wines

Prime beef

Prize carnations

Quality paper

Select peaches

#### Prime

Of or relating to or being an integer that cannot be factored into other integers;

Prime number

#### Prime

At the best stage;

Our manhood's prime vigor