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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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Quotes of first

  1. An idea in man is first impressed upon him and afterwards expressed in things, but in God it is only expressed, not impressed, because it does not come from anywhere else. – William Ames
  2. I was the first person to come into New York with a Latin American point of view which was also very much influenced by political happenings in Latin America. – Ruben Blades
  3. The first 20 stories written about a public figure set the tone for the next 2, 000 and it is almost impossible to reverse it. – Charles W. Colson
  4. The beautiful part of writing is that you don't have to get it right the first time, unlike, say, a brain surgeon. You can always do it better, find the exact word, the apt phrase, the leaping simile. – Robert Cormier
  5. I always enjoyed politics. I worked at the White House recently, primarily for the First Lady. Because of my experience running my travel agency, I was in charge of the files she kept on the Travel Office. – Joseph Force Crater
  6. From the first place of liquid darkness, within the second place of air and light, I set down the following record with its mixture of fact and truths and memories of truths and its direction toward the Third Place, where the starting point is myth. – Janet Frame
  7. We're first on executions. We're 49th in funding public education. We're in a race with Mississippi for the bottom, and we're winning. – Kinky Friedman
  8. The HoLee model was the first term structure model. I remember reading their paper soon after it was published and as it was fairly different from many of the other papers that I had read, I had to read it quite a few times. I realized that it was a really important paper. – John Hull
  9. Where I once believed people were there to be used, I started thinking of other people first – Josh McDowell
  10. My first thought was always a cigarette. It still is, but I haven't cheated. – Frederik Pohl
  11. This is love: to fly toward a secret sky, to cause a hundred veils to fall each moment. First to let go of life. Finally, to take a step without feet. – Rumi
  12. In the last 5 years I've been working with the LAPD, training police officers in first aid and CPR. – Bobby Sherman
  13. Being an artist doesn't mean that you're a good artist. That was the bargain I first made with myself: I'd say, I'm an artist, but I'm not really very good. – Paul Simon
  14. When people screamed novelty the first time around talking about an ugly video and stuff I was really insulted because, hold on a minute, everyone you see in the video are real life. – Bubba Sparxxx
  15. The books I loved in childhood- the first loves- I've read so often that I've internalized them in some really essential way: they are more inside me now than out. – Donna Tartt

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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