Definitions for first
This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word first.
first, number onenoun
the first or highest in an ordering or series
"He wanted to be the first"
first, number one, number 1noun
the first element in a countable series
"the first of the month"
beginning, commencement, first, outset, get-go, start, kickoff, starting time, showtime, offsetnoun
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"
first base, firstnoun
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)
first, first-class honours degreenoun
an honours degree of the highest class
first gear, first, low gear, lowadjective
the lowest forward gear ratio in the gear box of a motor vehicle; used to start a car moving
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"
indicating the beginning unit in a series
inaugural, initiative, initiatory, first, maidenadjective
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"
serving to begin
"the beginning canto of the poem"; "the first verse"
first, foremost, world-classadjective
ranking above all others
"was first in her class"; "the foremost figure among marine artists"; "the top graduate"
highest in pitch or chief among parts or voices or instruments or orchestra sections
"first soprano"; "the first violin section"; "played first horn"
first, firstly, foremost, first of all, first offadverb
before anything else
"first we must consider the garter snake"
first, for the first timeadverb
the initial time
"when Felix first saw a garter snake"
before another in time, space, or importance
"I was here first"; "let's do this job first"
"he put his best foot foremost"
The person or thing in the first position.
He was the first to complete the course.
The first gear of an engine.
Something that has never happened before; a new occurrence.
This is a first. For once he has nothing to say.
There was a close play at first.
A first-class honours degree.
A first-edition copy of some publication.
A fraction of an integer ending in one. Oneth.
One forty-first of the estate.
Time; time granted; respite.
Before anything else; firstly.
Having no predecessor. The ordinal number corresponding to one.
Of or pertaining to the executive of a particular nation or state.
Samuel Johnson's Dictionary
Etymology: first, Saxon.
Thou other gold-bound brow, is like the first.
—— A third is like the former. William Shakespeare, Macbeth.
In the six hundreth and first year, in the first month, the first day of the month, the waters were dried up from off the earth. Gen. viii. 13.
Arms and the man I sing, the first who bore
His course to Latium from the Trojan shore. Æn.
The first covenant had also ordinances of divine service. Heb. ix. i.
I find, quoth Mat, reproof is vain!
Who first offend, will first complain. Matthew Prior.
Three presidents, of whom Daniel was first. Dan.
First with the dogs, and king among the squires. Spect.
My first son,
Where will you go? Take good Cominius
With thee. William Shakespeare, Coriolanus.
He, not unmindful of his usual art,
First in dissembled fire attempts to part;
Then roaring beasts and running streams he tries. Dryden.
Thy praise, and thine was then the publick voice,
First recommended Guiscard to my choice. Dryden.
Heav’n, sure, has kept this spot of earth uncurst,
To shew how all things were created first. Matthew Prior.
First, metals are more durable than plants; secondly, they are more solid and hard; thirdly, they are wholly subterraneous; whereas plants are part above earth, and part under the earth. Francis Bacon, Natural History, №. 603.
At first the silent venom slid with ease,
And seiz’d her cooler senses by degrees. John Dryden, Æn.
Excepting fish and insects, there are very few or no creatures that can provide for themselves at first, without the assistance of parents. Richard Bentley, Sermons.
But sure a general doom on man is past,
And all are fools and lovers first or last. Dryden.
First or 1st is the ordinal form of the number one (#1).
First has several definitions depending on the context: 1. Adjective: Coming before all others in time, order, importance, or significance. Example: "This is my first time visiting New York City." 2. Adverb: Before anything else or before doing anything else. Example: "I will first finish my homework, then watch a movie." 3. Noun: The person or thing that comes before all others in time, order, or importance. Example: "She crossed the finish line first in the race." 4. Prefix: Denoting something that is before all others in time, order, or importance. Example: "The firstborn child." Overall, "first" implies being at the front, beginning, or initial position in a sequence or hierarchy.
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
foremost; in front of, or in advance of, all others
most eminent or exalted; most excellent; chief; highest; as, Demosthenes was the first orator of Greece
before any other person or thing in time, space, rank, etc.; -- much used in composition with adjectives and participles
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
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
fėrst, 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.]
Dictionary of Nautical Terms
The appellation of the senior lieutenant; also, senior lieutenant of marines, and first captain of a gun.
Surnames Frequency by Census Records
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, First is ranked #20971 in terms of the most common surnames in America.
The First surname appeared 1,255 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname First.
85.5% or 1,074 total occurrences were White.
7.6% or 96 total occurrences were Black.
3.3% or 42 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.
2% or 26 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
British National Corpus
Spoken Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'first' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #79
Written Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'first' in Written Corpus Frequency: #146
The numerical value of first in Chaldean Numerology is: 9
The numerical value of first in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9
There’s a big gap there between a natural disaster warning and its aftermath, and when first responders leave, many children can wait up to six, eight years to have a safe school … That’s why we developed Smart Response, which helps to address those immediate and long-term needs of communities impacted by natural disasters. We want to build safe schools for children, but we also want to hear the needs of the community and try to help as much as possible. If you just do first response and don’t take any time to rebuild long-term for the community, it’s never going to heal properly … There’s first response, but there needs to be rebuilding long-term. That’s our goal. Petra Nemcova is aware first responders are crucial in delivering clean water, medicine and other supplies immediately after a natural disaster. However, she added long-term revitalization is just as important to ensure healing, all while empowering people to help support their community. And Petra Nemcova has zero plans to ever give up on those who can use some support, wherever they are.
In addition to being the first Black district attorney, I think I'll probably be the first district attorney who's had police point a gun at him. I think I'll be the first district attorney who's had a homicide victim on his doorstop. I think I'll be the first district attorney in Manhattan whose had a semi-automatic weapon pointed at him. I think I'll be the first district attorney in Manhattan whose had a loved one reenter from incarceration and stay with him, and I'm going to govern from that perspective.
He who comes first, eats first. Familiar as First come first served.
He who comes first, eats first. [Familiar as: First come first served.]
The black-footed ferrets prey on prairie dogs so it was once thought that elimination programs for the dogs, considered a nuisance to farmers and ranchers, were impacting the ferret population. Now, there was a concerted effort by the state to rebuild the black-footed ferret population. On a recent day, volunteers made their way to small-town Seligman and met for training on the first night inside a rented home in a rural neighborhood that Arizona Game and Fish uses for the operation. One of those volunteers is Robert Coonrod, who bought a pick-up truck and rigged it with overhead lights specifically for the night-time searches. Robert Coonrod has been volunteering for five years. Though hes not a biologist, he enjoys helping out wildlife and found a new photography hobby while volunteering. HUNTERS TURN TO HIPSTERS TO HELP BOOST SPORTS DECLINING NUMBERS One of the volunteers is Robert Coonrod, who bought a pick-up truck and rigged it with overhead lights specifically for the night-time searches. ( Fox News) Were looking for a ferret to be outside his hole. We drive down, he gets curious, looks at the lights, you see the green eyes shine, and then its off to the races, Robert Coonrod said. Once the animalis spotted, volunteers run towardit and set up a trap. But they have to first hopscotch around prairie dog burrows that dot the landscape. Sometimes it can be very entertaining watching people run across a prairie dog colony because youre so focused on the ferret that you forget about all these holes on the ground, Holly Hicks said. Yeah, every one of us has tripped and fallen in a prairie dog hole after chasing after a ferret. ARIZONA MAN PICKED UP NEWBORN FAWN, TOOK IT TO LOCAL BAR, OFFICIALS SAY With freezing temperates on the first night of the search, around 10 of the volunteers showed up, including Arizona State Univerisity biology graduate Angelica Varela, who will soon be starting an internship with Bird Conservancy of the Rockies. With freezing temperates on the first night of the search, around 10 of the volunteers showed up( Fox News)( When I started) volunteering( for other wildlife organizations) and really getting boots on the ground and realizing the hard work that actually goes into it, its really important and its really satisfying being able to know that you had a part in helping a species, as conservation work, I mean were doing this so that eventually we dont have to keep doing it. Angelica Varela drove up from Phoenix with Angelica Varela friend, Brandi Kapos, who is an Olive Garden waitress and an Arizona State Univerisity conservation biology graduate. Shes looking to return to school to get a masters degree in Geographic Information Systems. Before Angelica Varela and Brandi Kapos got their assignment from Jennifer Cordova for the night, they said they had energy drinks and candy. Angelica Varela said Angelica Varela was pumped. With freezing temperates on the first night of the search, around 10 of the volunteers showed up, including Arizona State Univerisity biology graduates Angelica Varela and Brandi Kapos. ( Fox News) Jennifer Cordova said the goal is to get the black-footed ferret off the endangered species list. Fox News important because wildlife dont have a say -- theydont have a voice out there, Holly Hicks said. So, its people like us who manage and try to keep that voice out there and people aware. Our passion comes from a lot of places. We love animals. We want to see wildlife in the future for future generations. Only found in North America, this wild animal differs from the European pet ferrets that are domesticated. The black-footed ferret was once thought extinct until 18 were found in 1981. Since then, recovery and breeding efforts have helped the black-footed ferret population grow. I kind of feel like its our duty.
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- أولاً, أولى, أول, أَوّلArabic
- пръв, първо, първенец, началоBulgarian
- དང་པོ།Tibetan Standard
- primerCatalan, Valencian
- zaprvé, první, prvněCzech
- først, første, forrestDanish
- Erste, erster, erstens, Novum, an erster Stelle, zuerstGerman
- πρώτος, πρωτίστως, πρώταGreek
- primeramente, primero, estreno, primera, para empezarSpanish
- aurreneko, lehenengoBasque
- نخست, نخستین, یکمین, اولین, یکم, اولPersian
- ykkönen, ensiksi, ensimmäinen, kerta, ensinnäkinFinnish
- fyrst, fyrri, fyrstiFaroese
- premier, premièrement, primo, première, avant tout, en premier lieu, d'abordFrench
- foarst, earstWestern Frisian
- aonú, céadIrish
- ceud, ciad, an toiseachScottish Gaelic
- yn chied, kiedManx
- पहला, प्रथमHindi
- premyeHaitian Creole
- առաջին, նախArmenian
- primo, primeInterlingua
- primo, prima, dapprimaItalian
- 第一, 先ず, 初, 最初, 先, 一番目, 初めてJapanese
- 첫째, 우선Korean
- prīmus, prīmum, primisLatin
- éischtLuxembourgish, Letzeburgesch
- pirmas, pirmaLithuanian
- pirmais, pirmāLatvian
- tuatahi, mātāmuaMāori
- прв, најпрвин, најпрво, првоMacedonian
- origineel, eerste, eerstDutch
- łáaʼii góneʼ, áłtséNavajo, Navaho
- фыццагOssetian, Ossetic
- ਪਹਿਲਾPanjabi, Punjabi
- najpierw, pierwszyPolish
- لومړیPashto, Pushto
- primeiro, primeiraPortuguese
- hukñiqin, ñawpaQuechua
- emprem, emprimRomansh
- primă, primul, primRomanian
- пе́рвый, в пе́рвую о́чередь, во-пе́рвых, пре́жде всего́Russian
- primmu, primuSardinian
- پهريون, پهرِينSindhi
- први, prviSerbo-Croatian
- පළමුSinhala, Sinhalese
- po prvé, prvýSlovak
- först, förste, första, ettaSwedish
- ya kwanzaSwahili
- ఒకటవ, మొదటిTelugu
- якум, аввалTajik
- ที่หนึ่ง, เป็นครั้งแรกThai
- ilk, birinciTurkish
- ئاۋۋال, بىرىنچىUyghur, Uighur
- đầu tiên, thứ nhất, cơ bảnVietnamese
- -ey-ininme, prumî, prumireWalloon
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