Primiparous to Principle
(Pri*mip"a*rous) a. [See Primipara.] Belonging to a first birth; bearing young for the first
(Pri*mip"i*lar) a. [L. primipilaris, fr. primipilus the centurion of the first cohort of a Roman
legion, fr. primus pilus the division made up of the triarii in the Roman army.] Of or pertaining to the
captain of the vanguard of a Roman army. Barrow.
(||Pri*mi"ti*a) n.; pl. Primitiæ (#) obs.). [L. primitiae, pl., fr. primus first. Cf. Premices.] (Eng.
Law) The first fruit; the first year's whole profit of an ecclesiastical preferment.
The primitias of your parsonage.Spenser.
(Pri*mi"tial) a. Being of the first production; primitive; original. [Obs.] Ainsworth.
(Prim"i*tive) a. [L. primitivus, fr. primus the first: cf. F. primitif. See Prime, a.]
1. Of or pertaining to the beginning or origin, or to early times; original; primordial; primeval; first; as, primitive
innocence; the primitive church. "Our primitive great sire." Milton.
2. Of or pertaining to a former time; old- fashioned; characterized by simplicity; as, a primitive style of
3. Original; primary; radical; not derived; as, primitive verb in grammar.
Primitive axes of coördinate (Geom.), that system of axes to which the points of a magnitude are first
referred, with reference to a second set or system, to which they are afterward referred. Primitive
chord (Mus.), that chord, the lowest note of which is of the same literal denomination as the fundamental
base of the harmony; opposed to derivative. Moore Primitive circle (Spherical Projection),
the circle cut from the sphere to be projected, by the primitive plane. Primitive colors (Paint.),
primary colors. See under Color. Primitive Fathers (Eccl.), the acknowledged Christian writers
who flourished before the Council of Nice, A. D. 325. Shipley. Primitive groove (Anat.), a depression
or groove in the epiblast of the primitive streak. It is not connected with the medullary groove, which
appears later and in front of it. Primitive plane (Spherical Projection), the plane upon which the
projections are made, generally coinciding with some principal circle of the sphere, as the equator or
a meridian. Primitive rocks (Geol.), primary rocks. See under Primary. Primitive sheath.
(Anat.) See Neurilemma. Primitive streak or trace (Anat.), an opaque and thickened band where
the mesoblast first appears in the vertebrate blastoderm.
Syn. First; original; radical; pristine; ancient; primeval; antiquated; old-fashioned.
(Prim"i*tive), n. An original or primary word; a word not derived from another; opposed to
1. Originally; at first.
2. Primarily; not derivatively.
3. According to the original rule or ancient practice; in the ancient style. South.
(Prim"i*tive*ness), n. The quality or state of being primitive; conformity to primitive style or
(Prim"i*ty) n. Quality of being first; primitiveness. [Obs.] Bp. Pearson.