What does the word priming mean?

Usage examples for priming

  1. I put fresh priming in my pistols; I turned up my eyes toward Heaven to implore its protection, and I set out. – Memoirs of the Private Life, Return, and Reign of Napoleon in 1815, Vol. I by Pierre Antoine Edouard Fleury de Chaboulon
  2. This may arise from several causes, but it is well known that what will stop priming in some cases will cause it in others. – Modern Machine-Shop Practice, Volumes I and II by Joshua Rose
  3. Those who were rich and foolish carried with them smoking apparatus of gold or silver- tobacco- box, snuff- ladle, tongs to take up charcoal, and priming irons. – Tobacco; Its History, Varieties, Culture, Manufacture and Commerce by E. R. Billings