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  1. the time at which something begins; "They got an early start" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. serving to begin; "the beginning canto of the poem"; "the first verse" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. indicating the beginning unit in a series Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  4. the fielding position of the player on a baseball team who is stationed at first base Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  5. the lowest forward gear ratio in the gear box of a motor vehicle; used to start a car moving Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  6. (Great Britain) an honours degree of the highest class Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  7. the first element in a countable series; "the first of the month" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  8. the first or highest in an ordering or series; "He wanted to be the first" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  9. before anything else; "first we must consider the garter snake" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  10. the initial time; "when Felix first saw a garter snake" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  11. prominently forward; "he put his best foot foremost" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  12. being the gear producing the lowest drive speed; "use first gear on steep hills" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  13. ranking above all others; "was first in her class"; "the foremost figure among marine artists"; "the top graduate" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  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" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  15. an honours degree of the highest class Wordnet Dictionary DB
  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" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  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" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  18. highest in pitch or chief among parts or voices or instruments or orchestra sections; "first soprano"; "the first violin section"; "played first horn" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  19. before another in time, space, or importance; "I was here first"; "let's do this job first" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  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. Webster Dictionary DB
  21. Foremost; in front of, or in advance of, all others. Webster Dictionary DB
  22. Most eminent or exalted; most excellent; chief; highest; as, Demosthenes was the first orator of Greece. Webster Dictionary DB
  23. The beginning. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  24. Before any other person or thing in time, space, rank, etc.; - much used in composition with adjectives and participles. Webster Dictionary DB
  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. Webster Dictionary DB
  26. The ordinal of one; foremost in place, rank, dignity, time, excellence, etc.; earliest; most important; chief. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  27. Before all others in order, place, rank, time, etc.; sooner. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  28. Foremost; preceding all others in place, time, or degree; most eminent; chief. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  29. Before anything else, in time, space, rank, etc. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  30. Before the rest. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  31. Earliest; foremost; chief. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  32. Before all others; earliest; nearest; leading; chief; best. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  33. That which is first. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  34. In the first place; earlier; rather; sooner. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  35. Foremost in place, time, rank, dignity, or excellence. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  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. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  37. Earliest in time; foremost; chief; principal; primary; the ordinal of one. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  38. Before anything else. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  39. Initial; leading; chief; preceding all others of the same kind or class insequence, (numerical or chronological;) entitled to priority or preference above others.Redman v. Railroad Co., 33 N. J. Eq. 105; Thompson v. Grand Gulf R. & B. Co., 3 How. (Miss.) 247, 34 Am. Dec. 81; Hapgood v. Brown, 102 Mass. 452. thelawdictionary.org
  40. Before any other person or thing in time, space, rank, etc.; -- much used in composition with adjectives and participles. mso.anu.edu.au
  41. 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. mso.anu.edu.au
  42. f[.e]rst, adj. foremost: preceding all others in place, time, or degree: most eminent: chief.--adv. before anything else, in time, space, rank, &c.--adjs. FIRST'-BEGOT'TEN, begotten or born first: eldest; FIRST'-BORN, born first.--n. the first in the order of birth: the eldest child.--adj. FIRST'-CLASS, of the first class, rank, or quality.--ns. FIRST'-DAY, Sunday; FIRST'-FLOOR (see FLOOR); FIRST'-FOOT (Scot.), the first person to enter a house after the beginning of the new year; FIRST'-FRUIT, FIRST'-FRUITS, the fruits first gathered in a season: the first profits or effects of anything, bishoprics, benefices, &c.--adj. FIRST'-HAND, obtained without the intervention of a second party.--n. FIRST'LING, the first produce or offspring, esp. of animals.--adv. FIRST'LY, in the first place.--adjs. FIRST'-RATE, of the first or highest rate or excellence: pre-eminent in quality, size, or estimation; FIRST'-WA'TER, the first or highest quality, purest lustre--of diamonds and pearls. [A.S. fyrst; the superl. of fore by adding -st.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  43. Earliest in time or order (at f. sight, view, or blush, prima facie; French. CAUSE; come in f., win race; shall do it f. thing colloq., before anything else; in the f. place, to begin with; the f. two &c., lit., or =the f. & second &c.; often further defined, as the f. man you meet, was the f. to do it); foremost in position, rank, or importance (head &c. f., with the head in front; the f. men in the country; French. Lord of the TREASURY); coming next after a specified or implied time (shall take the f. train; the f. cuckoo); unsupported by others, sufficient by itself, (obeyed at her f. word); f. aid, help given to wounded man before doctor comes; f.-born, eldest (child); f.-CHOP; f. class, set of persons or things grouped together as better than others, best accommodation in railway train &c., highest division in examination list, place in this f.-class, (adj.) belonging to the f. class, of best quality, very good, (adv.) by the f. class (travels f.-c.); f. coat, f. layer of paint; f. cost, cost not including profit; f.-day, Sunday; f. floor, above ground-floor; f. form, lowest class in schools; f.-fruit (usu. pl.), f. products of agriculture for the season esp. as offered to God, f. results of work &c.; (Hist.) payment to some superior by new holder of office; f.-hand, directly); f.- night (er), (habitual frequenter of) f. performance of play; f.-rate, of the highest class (the f.-r. Powers, great states of f.-rate importance), excellent, very well, (a f.-r. machine, feeling f.-r.). (N.) the f., person or thing f. mentioned; from the f., from the beginning; from f. to last, throughout; at f., at the beginning; =f. day of June &c.; (Commerc.) f. of exchange, f. of set of bills of even tenor& date; place in f. class in examination, person who takes this; f. place in race, winner of it; (pl.) best quality of flour, butter, &c. (Adv.) before anyone or anything else (often f. of all, f. & foremost; f. come, f. served; f. & last, taking one thing with another, on the whole; f. or last, sooner or later); before some specified or implied event, time, &c. (must get this done f.); in preference, rather, (will see him damned f.); for the f. time (when did you see him f.?). [old English] Concise Oxford Dictionary
  44. f. offender, esp. one against whom no previous offence is recorded; the French. (of September, when partridge-shooting begins). Concise Oxford Dictionary
  45. adv. Before anything else in time, space, rank, &c.—used in composition with many adjectives and participles. Cabinet Dictionary
  46. n. The upper part of a duet, trio, &c., either vocal or instrumental. Cabinet Dictionary
  47. The ordinal of one; earliest in time; highest in dignity; great, excellent. Complete Dictionary
  48. Before anything else, earliest; before any other consideration; at the beginning, at first. Complete Dictionary

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