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primer

noun uk   /ˈpraɪ.mər/  us   /-mɚ/

primer noun (PAINT)

[C or U] a type of paint that you put on a wooden surface before the main paint is put on: It's best to use a coat of primer before the top coat.

primer noun (BOOK)

[C] old-fashioned a small book containing basic facts about a subject, used especially when you are beginning to learn about that subject
Translations of “primer”
in Chinese (Traditional) 畫, 底層塗料, 底漆…
in Chinese (Simplified) 画, 底层涂料, 底漆…
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