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4 definitions found

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

First \First\ (f[~e]rst), adjective [OE. first, furst, AS. fyrst; akin to Icel. fyrstr, Sw. & Dan. f["o]rste, OHG. furist, G. f["u]rst prince; a superlatiye form of E. for, fore. See {For}, {Fore}, and cf. {Formeer}, {Foremost}.]

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.

It is the intention of the person to reveal it at first hand, by way of mouth, to yourself. --Dickens.

{First coat} (Plastering), the solid foundation of coarse stuff, on which the rest is placed; it is thick, and crossed with lines, so as to give a bond for the next coat.

{First day}, Sunday; -- so called by the Friends.

{First floor}. (a) The ground floor. [U.S.] (b) The floor next above the ground floor. [Eng.]

{First fruit} or {First fruits}. (a) The fruits of the season earliest gathered. (b) (Feudal Law) One year's profits of lands belonging to the king on the death of a tenant who held directly from him. (c) (Eng. Eccl. Law) The first year's whole profits of a benefice or spiritual living. (d) The earliest effects or results.

See, Father, what first fruits on earth are sprung From thy implanted grace in man! --Milton.

{First mate}, an officer in a merchant vessel next in rank to the captain.

{First name}, same as {Christian name}. See under {Name}, noun

{First officer} (Naut.), in the merchant service, same as {First mate} (above).

{First sergeant} (Mil.), the ranking non-commissioned officer in a company; the orderly sergeant. --Farrow.

{First watch} (Naut.), the watch from eight to twelve at midnight; also, the men on duty during that time.

{First water}, the highest quality or purest luster; -- said of gems, especially of diamond and pearls.

Syn: Primary; primordial; primitive; primeval; pristine; highest; chief; principal; foremost.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

First \First\ (f[~e]rst), adverb 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 first}, at the beginning or origin.

{First or last}, at one time or another; at the beginning or end.

And all are fools and lovers first or last. --Dryden.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

First \First\, noun (Mus.) The upper part of a duet, trio, etc., either vocal or instrumental; -- so called because it generally expresses the air, and has a pre["e]minence in the combined effect.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

first

adverb

1: before anything else; "first we must consider the garter snake" [syn: {first}, {firstly}, {foremost}, {first of all}, {first off}]

2: the initial time; "when Felix first saw a garter snake" [syn: {first}, {for the first time}]

3: before another in time, space, or importance; "I was here first"; "let's do this job first"

4: prominently forward; "he put his best foot foremost" [syn: {foremost}, {first}]

adjective

1: 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" [ant: {last}]

2: indicating the beginning unit in a series [syn: {first}, {1st}]

3: 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" [syn: {inaugural}, {initiative}, {initiatory}, {first}, {maiden}]

4: serving to begin; "the beginning canto of the poem"; "the first verse" [syn: {beginning(a)}, {first}]

5: ranking above all others; "was first in her class"; "the foremost figure among marine artists"; "the top graduate" [syn: {first}, {foremost}, {world-class}]

6: highest in pitch or chief among parts or voices or instruments or orchestra sections; "first soprano"; "the first violin section"; "played first horn" [ant: {second}]

noun

1: the first or highest in an ordering or series; "He wanted to be the first" [syn: {first}, {number one}]

2: the first element in a countable series; "the first of the month" [syn: {first}, {number one}, {number 1}]

3: 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" [syn: {beginning}, {commencement}, {first}, {outset}, {get-go}, {start}, {kickoff}, {starting time}, {showtime}, {offset}] [ant: {end}, {ending}, {middle}]

4: the fielding position of the player on a baseball team who is stationed at first of the bases in the infield (counting counterclockwise from home plate) [syn: {first base}, {first}]

5: an honours degree of the highest class [syn: {first}, {first- class honours degree}]

6: the lowest forward gear ratio in the gear box of a motor vehicle; used to start a car moving [syn: {first gear}, {first}, {low gear}, {low}]

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