noun the first or highest in an ordering or series
- He wanted to be the first
noun the first element in a countable series
number 1; number one.
noun the time at which something is supposed to begin
outset; get-go; showtime; starting time; kickoff; start; offset; beginning; commencement.
- they got an early start
- she knew from the get-go that he was the man for her
noun the fielding position of the player on a baseball team who is stationed at first of the bases in the infield (counting counterclockwise from home plate)
noun an honours degree of the highest class
first-class honours degree.
noun the lowest forward gear ratio in the gear box of a motor vehicle; used to start a car moving
low gear; low; first gear.
adjective preceding all others in time or space or degree
- the first house on the right
- the first day of spring
- his first political race
- her first baby
- the first time
- the first meetings of the new party
- the first phase of his training
adjective satellite indicating the beginning unit in a series
adjective satellite serving to set in motion
initiatory; initiative; inaugural; maiden.
- the magazine's inaugural issue
- the initiative phase in the negotiations
- an initiatory step toward a treaty
- his first (or maiden) speech in Congress
- the liner's maiden voyage
adjective satellite serving to begin
- the beginning canto of the poem
- the first verse
adjective satellite ranking above all others
- was first in her class
- the foremost figure among marine artists
- the top graduate
adjective highest in pitch or chief among parts or voices or instruments or orchestra sections
- first soprano
- the first violin section
- played first horn
adverb before anything else
firstly; first off; foremost; first of all.
- first we must consider the garter snake
adverb the initial time
for the first time.
- when Felix first saw a garter snake
adverb before another in time, space, or importance
- I was here first
- let's do this job first
adverb prominently forward
- he put his best foot foremost
, AS. fyrst
; akin to Icel. fyrstr
, Sw. & Dan. förste
, OHG. furist
, G. fürst
prince; a superlatiye form of E. for
. See For
, and cf. Formeer
- Preceding all others of a series or kind; the ordinal of one; earliest; as, the first day of a month; the first year of a reign.
- Foremost; in front of, or in advance of, all others.
- Most eminent or exalted; most excellent; chief; highest; as, Demosthenes was the first orator of Greece.
Syn. -- Primary; primordial; primitive; primeval; pristine; highest; chief; principal; foremost.
- Before any other person or thing in time, space, rank, etc.; -- much used in composition with adjectives and participles.
Adam was first formed, then Eve.
1 Tim. ii. 13.
And all are fools and lovers first or last.
- (Mus.) The upper part of a duet, trio, etc., either vocal or instrumental; -- so called because it generally expresses the air, and has a preëminence in the combined effect.
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