Usage examples for initial

  1. In my initial volume of this series, Tom became possessed of a motor- cycle in a peculiar way. – Tom Swift and his Electric Runabout or, The Speediest Car on the Road by Victor Appleton
  2. This is the initial target. – Generals Help Themselves by M. C. Pease
  3. When the initial shock began to wear off, his face assumed an expression of intense thought. – And All the Earth a Grave by Carroll M. Capps (AKA C.C. MacApp)
  4. In both cases the initial is the owner's seal, recognized by law as sufficient evidence of ownership. – Quiet Talks on Power by S.D. Gordon
  5. Then, for, say, five minutes, a character sketch of the person chosen has to be composed, each word of which begins with the initial letter of each of the person's names, repeated in their right order until the supply of thought gives out or time is up. – What Shall We Do Now?: Five Hundred Games and Pastimes by Dorothy Canfield Fisher
  6. With care in the initial stages it should prove nothing serious, but for the present they are as well in bed. – The School by the Sea by Angela Brazil
  7. Then the monk proceeded to get out his colours so as to ornament the big initial letter of what Alfred had learned in Latin as well as in English was " The History of the Good King Almon." – The King's Sons by George Manville Fenn
  8. Instantly it must catch the powers of perception by making them aware of the initial situation out of which the subsequent dramatic action will develop. – Contemporary One-Act Plays Compiler: B. Roland Lewis by Sir James M. Barrie George Middleton Althea Thurston Percy Mackaye Lady Augusta Gregor Eugene Pillot Anton Tchekov Bosworth Crocker Alfred Kreymborg Paul Greene Arthur Hopkins Paul Hervieu Jeannette Marks Oscar M. Wolff David Pinski Beulah Bornstead Herma
  9. " The initial cost," Dearie corrected. – Skinner's Dress Suit by Henry Irving Dodge
  10. The initial beauty of complexion was gone; so was the fleeting prettiness of youth. – Marriage à la mode by Mrs. Humphry Ward
  11. Breakfast napkins are of a smaller size than dinner napkins, and are very pretty if they bear the initial letter of the family in the centre. – Manners and Social Usages by Mrs. John M. E. W. Sherwood
  12. Eventually, that is, we are carried back, in theory at least, to an initial arrangement of things which not only gave birth to the actual order of evolution, but was such that no other order of events could have followed from it. – Evolution by Frank B. Jevons
  13. That the initial effort is a heavy one is evident, and it is clearly a question of strength, as well as of willing activity. – Light On The Path and Through the Gates of Gold by Mabel Collins
  14. Their initial difficulty, however, was to find any trace of the " beasts." – Prince Fortunatus by William Black
  15. No, we must have an enormous initial speed, and you know very well that a shot leaves a rifle less rapidly than a smooth- bore. – The Moon-Voyage by Jules Verne
  16. The initial speed of the Spaniards carried them rapidly past the blockading vessels and the battle developed into a chase, in which the Brooklyn and Texas had at the start the advantage of position. – Our War with Spain for Cuba's Freedom by Trumbull White
  17. In this simple case no one can doubt the operation of selection, and there is just as little room for doubt as to the selection- value of the initial stages of the variation. – Darwin and Modern Science by A.C. Seward and Others
  18. And so I prepared for the time of my own initial bow before the public. – Memoirs of an American Prima Donna by Clara Louise Kellogg
  19. " She shall have the most wonderful love- letter ever written by man to woman," he said to himself and at the very bottom of the page, he put one initial – Balloons by Elizabeth Bibesco
  20. About two miles beyond Tayug lies San Francisco, the initial point of our real mounted journey. – The Head Hunters of Northern Luzon From Ifugao to Kalinga A Ride Through the Mountains of Northern Luzon With an Appendix on the Independence of the Philippines by Cornelis De Witt Willcox