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Definitions of first

  1. the time at which something begins; " They got an early start"
  2. serving to begin; " the beginning canto of the poem"; " the first verse"
  3. indicating the beginning unit in a series
  4. the fielding position of the player on a baseball team who is stationed at first base
  5. the lowest forward gear ratio in the gear box of a motor vehicle; used to start a car moving
  6. ( Great Britain) an honours degree of the highest class
  7. the first element in a countable series; " the first of the month"
  8. the first or highest in an ordering or series; " He wanted to be the first"
  9. before anything else; " first we must consider the garter snake"
  10. the initial time; " when Felix first saw a garter snake"
  11. prominently forward; " he put his best foot foremost"
  12. being the gear producing the lowest drive speed; " use first gear on steep hills"
  13. ranking above all others; " was first in her class"; " the foremost figure among marine artists"; " the top graduate"
  14. serving to set in motion; " 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"
  15. an honours degree of the highest class
  16. the time at which something is supposed to begin; " they got an early start"; " she knew from the get- go that he was the man for her"
  17. 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"
  18. highest in pitch or chief among parts or voices or instruments or orchestra sections; " first soprano"; " the first violin section"; " played first horn"
  19. before another in time, space, or importance; " I was here first"; " let's do this job first"
  20. 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.
  21. Foremost; in front of, or in advance of, all others.
  22. Most eminent or exalted; most excellent; chief; highest; as, Demosthenes was the first orator of Greece.
  23. The beginning.
  24. Before any other person or thing in time, space, rank, etc.; - much used in composition with adjectives and participles.
  25. The upper part of a duet, trio, etc., either vocal or instrumental; - so called because it generally expresses the air, and has a preeminence in the combined effect.
  26. The ordinal of one; foremost in place, rank, dignity, time, excellence, etc.; earliest; most important; chief.
  27. Before all others in order, place, rank, time, etc.; sooner.
  28. Foremost; preceding all others in place, time, or degree; most eminent; chief.
  29. Before anything else, in time, space, rank, etc.
  30. Before the rest.
  31. Earliest; foremost; chief.
  32. Before all others; earliest; nearest; leading; chief; best.
  33. That which is first.
  34. In the first place; earlier; rather; sooner.
  35. Foremost in place, time, rank, dignity, or excellence.
  36. Before anything else in time, place, rank, consideration, & c. At first, at the beginning. First or last, at one time or another; at the beginning or end.
  37. Earliest in time; foremost; chief; principal; primary; the ordinal of one.
  38. Before anything else.
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Usage examples for first

  1. I may as well be first as last. – John Bull's Other Island by George Bernard Shaw
  2. But your uncle has much to do first. – A Daughter of the Union by Lucy Foster Madison
  3. " Not at first," Mr. Brown answered. – Bunny Brown and His Sister Sue and Their Shetland Pony by Laura Lee Hope
  4. But at first I didn't think of you in that way. – In the Wilderness by Robert Hichens
  5. But first, wouldn't you all like to see something? – The Dragon's Secret by Augusta Huiell Seaman
  6. When I went away- at the first. – The Road to Understanding by Eleanor H. Porter
  7. Patsy's was now the first right. – Patsy by S. R. Crockett
  8. " It will be the first time in your life then," said Mrs. Davenant. – Only One Love, or Who Was the Heir by Charles Garvice
  9. Where shall we go first? – Mrs. Falchion, Complete by Gilbert Parker Last Updated: March 12, 2009
  10. That's what you were first and last- kind. – The Precipice by Elia Wilkinson Peattie
  11. I think, just at first, he was afraid he had done it; but he did not. – The After House by Mary Roberts Rinehart
  12. But at first the woman is everything. – La Sorcière: The Witch of the Middle Ages by Jules Michelet
  13. I. Think first, then, of Him. – The Expositor's Bible: Ephesians by G. G. Findlay
  14. Why didn't I see it first? – Jewel's Story Book by Clara Louise Burnham
  15. No; this is the first time. – Walter Sherwood's Probation by Horatio Alger
  16. I didn't know what it was at first. – The Rosie World by Parker Fillmore
  17. I ought to have done it at first. – Fort Lafayette or, Love and Secession by Benjamin Wood
  18. First you say yes, and then you say no. – Moral by Ludwig Thoma
  19. I heard of it last night for the first time. – Shining Ferry by Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
  20. At first there is no other 'Scripture' than the synagogue's. – The Making of the New Testament by Benjamin W. Bacon
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