Associations to the word «Primitive»


PRIMITIVE, noun. (linguistics) An original or primary word; a word not derived from another, as opposed to derivative.
PRIMITIVE, noun. A member of a primitive society.
PRIMITIVE, noun. A simple-minded person.
PRIMITIVE, noun. (computing) (programming) A data type that is built into the programming language, as opposed to more complex structures.
PRIMITIVE, noun. A basic geometric shape from which more complex shapes can be constructed.
PRIMITIVE, noun. (mathematics) A function whose derivative is a given function; an antiderivative.
PRIMITIVE, adjective. Of or pertaining to the beginning or origin, or to early times; original; primordial; primeval; first.
PRIMITIVE, adjective. Of or pertaining to or harking back to a former time; old-fashioned; characterized by simplicity.
PRIMITIVE, adjective. (Can we clean up([1]) this sense?) Crude, obsolete.
PRIMITIVE, adjective. (grammar) Original; primary; radical; not derived.
PRIMITIVE, adjective. (biology) Occurring in or characteristic of an early stage of development or evolution.
PRIMITIVE CONCEPT, noun. A concept that cannot be defined in terms of other concepts.
PRIMITIVE CONCEPTS, noun. Plural of primitive concept
PRIMITIVE IRISH, proper noun. The Irish language as attested from the fourth to the seventh centuries CE and written in the Ogham alphabet, the predecessor of Old Irish.
PRIMITIVE METHODIST, noun. A member of an early evangelical form of Methodism.
PRIMITIVE METHODISTS, noun. Plural of Primitive Methodist
PRIMITIVE RECURSION, noun. (computing theory) Recursion to a fixed depth.
PRIMITIVE RECURSION, noun. (computing theory) The operator \(\rho\,\) that creates a new function from two functions \(g\,\) and \(h\,\) such that: \(\begin{align}\)
PRIMITIVE RECURSIVE, adjective. (mathematics) Of a function, capable of being constructed from the zero function, successor function, and projection functions, by a finite number of applications of composition and recursion.
PRIMITIVE ROOT, noun. (mathematics) (number theory) a number g is a primitive root modulo n if there is an integer k for every a coprime to n such that gk ≡ a (mod n); g is called a generator of the multiplicative group of integers modulo n
PRIMITIVE STREAK, noun. (embryology) A formation that occurs during the initial phases of embryonic development in birds, reptiles and mammals.
PRIMITIVE TYPE, noun. (computer science) A data type provided by a programming language as a basic building block, such as integer, character or Boolean.
PRIMITIVE TYPES, noun. Plural of primitive type

Dictionary definition

PRIMITIVE, noun. A person who belongs to an early stage of civilization.
PRIMITIVE, noun. A mathematical expression from which another expression is derived.
PRIMITIVE, noun. A word serving as the basis for inflected or derived forms; "`pick' is the primitive from which `picket' is derived".
PRIMITIVE, adjective. Belonging to an early stage of technical development; characterized by simplicity and (often) crudeness; "the crude weapons and rude agricultural implements of early man"; "primitive movies of the 1890s"; "primitive living conditions in the Appalachian mountains".
PRIMITIVE, adjective. Little evolved from or characteristic of an earlier ancestral type; "archaic forms of life"; "primitive mammals"; "the okapi is a short-necked primitive cousin of the giraffe".
PRIMITIVE, adjective. Used of preliterate or tribal or nonindustrial societies; "primitive societies".
PRIMITIVE, adjective. Of or created by one without formal training; simple or naive in style; "primitive art such as that by Grandma Moses is often colorful and striking".

Wise words

It is better wither to be silent, or to say things of more value than silence. Sooner throw a pearl at hazard than an idle or useless word; and do not say a little in many words, but a great deal in a few.