Pronunciation: fẽrst
a.1.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.
2.Foremost; in front of, or in advance of, all others.
3.Most eminent or exalted; most excellent; chief; highest; as, Demosthenes was the first orator of Greece.
At first blush
See under Blush.
At first hand
from the first or original source; without the intervention of any agent.
adv.1.Before any other person or thing in time, space, rank, etc.; - much used in composition with adjectives and participles.
Adam was first formed, then Eve.
- 1 Tim. ii. 13.
At first
at the beginning or origin.
First or last
at one time or another; at the beginning or end.
n.1.(Mus.) The upper part of a duet, trio, etc., either vocal or instrumental; - so called because it generally expresses the air, and has a preëminence in the combined effect.
Noun1.first - the first or highest in an ordering or series; "He wanted to be the first"
Synonyms: number one
2.first - the first element in a countable series; "the first of the month"
Synonyms: number 1, number one
3.first - 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"
4.first - the fielding position of the player on a baseball team who is stationed at first base
Synonyms: first base
5.first - an honours degree of the highest class
6.first - the lowest forward gear ratio in the gear box of a motor vehicle; used to start a car moving
Synonyms: first gear, low gear, low
Adj.1.first - 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"
intermediate - lying between two extremes in time or space or degree; "going from sitting to standing without intermediate pushes with the hands"; "intermediate stages in a process"; "intermediate stops on the route"; "an intermediate level"
last - coming after all others in time or space or degree or being the only one remaining; "the last time I saw Paris"; "the last day of the month"; "had the last word"; "waited until the last minute"; "he raised his voice in a last supreme call"; "the last game of the season"; "down to his last nickel"
2.first - indicating the beginning unit in a series
Synonyms: 1st
3.first - 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"
4.first - serving to begin; "the beginning canto of the poem"; "the first verse"
Synonyms: beginning
5.first - ranking above all others; "was first in her class"; "the foremost figure among marine artists"; "the top graduate"
6.first - highest in pitch or chief among parts or voices or instruments or orchestra sections; "first soprano"; "the first violin section"; "played first horn"
second - a part or voice or instrument or orchestra section lower in pitch than or subordinate to the first; "second flute"; "the second violins"
7.first - being the gear producing the lowest drive speed; "use first gear on steep hills"
Synonyms: low
Adv.1.first - before anything else; "first we must consider the garter snake"
2.first - the initial time; "when Felix first saw a garter snake"
3.first - before another in time, space, or importance; "I was here first"; "let's do this job first"
4.first - prominently forward; "he put his best foot foremost"
Synonyms: foremost
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Firmiana simplex
Firmior et potentior est operatio legis quam dispositio hominis
-- First --
first aid
First Amendment
first and foremost
first and last
first appearance
first balcony
First Baron Beveridge
First Baron Kelvin
First Baron Lytton
First Baron Macaulay
First Baron Marks of Broughton
First Baron Passfield
First Baron Rutherford
First Baron Rutherford of Nelson
First Baron Tennyson
first base
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