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Definitions of first

  1. the time at which something begins; "They got an early start" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. the lowest forward gear ratio in the gear box of a motor vehicle; used to start a car moving Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. (Great Britain) an honours degree of the highest class Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  4. the first element in a countable series; "the first of the month" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  5. the first or highest in an ordering or series; "He wanted to be the first" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  6. The beginning. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  7. 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
  8. Earliest; foremost; chief. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  9. That which is first. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  10. before anything else; "first we must consider the garter snake" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  11. the initial time; "when Felix first saw a garter snake" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  12. Before any other person or thing in time, space, rank, etc.; - much used in composition with adjectives and participles. Webster Dictionary DB
  13. Before all others in order, place, rank, time, etc.; sooner. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  14. Before anything else, in time, space, rank, etc. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  15. In the first place; earlier; rather; sooner. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  16. 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.
  17. Before anything else. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  18. indicating the beginning unit in a series Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  19. ranking above all others; "was first in her class"; "the foremost figure among marine artists"; "the top graduate" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  20. 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
  21. 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
  22. 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
  23. before another in time, space, or importance; "I was here first"; "let's do this job first" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  24. 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
  25. Foremost; in front of, or in advance of, all others. Webster Dictionary DB
  26. Most eminent or exalted; most excellent; chief; highest; as, Demosthenes was the first orator of Greece. Webster Dictionary DB
  27. 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.
  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 the rest. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  30. Before all others; earliest; nearest; leading; chief; best. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  31. Foremost in place, time, rank, dignity, or excellence. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  32. 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.

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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. " It will be the first time in your life then," said Mrs. Davenant. – Only One Love, or Who Was the Heir by Charles Garvice
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