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Princeton's WordNet

  1. first, number one(noun)

    the first or highest in an ordering or series

    "He wanted to be the first"

  2. first, number one, number 1(noun)

    the first element in a countable series

    "the first of the month"

  3. beginning, commencement, first, outset, get-go, start, kickoff, starting time, showtime, offset(noun)

    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 base, first(noun)

    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)

  5. first, first-class honours degree(noun)

    an honours degree of the highest class

  6. first gear, first, low gear, low(adj)

    the lowest forward gear ratio in the gear box of a motor vehicle; used to start a car moving

  7. first(adj)

    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"

  8. first, 1st(adj)

    indicating the beginning unit in a series

  9. inaugural, initiative, initiatory, first, maiden(adj)

    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"

  10. beginning(a), first(adj)

    serving to begin

    "the beginning canto of the poem"; "the first verse"

  11. first, foremost, world-class(adj)

    ranking above all others

    "was first in her class"; "the foremost figure among marine artists"; "the top graduate"

  12. first(adverb)

    highest in pitch or chief among parts or voices or instruments or orchestra sections

    "first soprano"; "the first violin section"; "played first horn"

  13. first, firstly, foremost, first of all, first off(adverb)

    before anything else

    "first we must consider the garter snake"

  14. first, for the first time(adverb)

    the initial time

    "when Felix first saw a garter snake"

  15. first(adverb)

    before another in time, space, or importance

    "I was here first"; "let's do this job first"

  16. foremost, first(adverb)

    prominently forward

    "he put his best foot foremost"

Wiktionary

  1. first(Noun)

    The person or thing in the first position.

    He was the first to complete the course.

  2. first(Noun)

    The first gear of an engine.

  3. first

    Something that has never happened before; a new occurrence.

    This is a first. For once he has nothing to say.

  4. first

    first base

    There was a close play at first.

  5. first

    A first-class honours degree.

  6. first

    A first-edition copy of some publication.

  7. first

    A fraction of an integer ending in one. Oneth.

    One forty-first of the estate.

  8. first(Noun)

    Time; time granted; respite.

  9. first(Adverb)

    Before anything else; firstly.

  10. first(Adjective)

    Having no predecessor. The ordinal number corresponding to one.

  11. First(Adjective)

    Of or pertaining to the executive of a particular nation or state.

Webster Dictionary

  1. First(adj)

    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. First(adj)

    foremost; in front of, or in advance of, all others

  3. First(adj)

    most eminent or exalted; most excellent; chief; highest; as, Demosthenes was the first orator of Greece

  4. First(adverb)

    before any other person or thing in time, space, rank, etc.; -- much used in composition with adjectives and participles

  5. First(noun)

    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

  1. First

    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

  1. first

    The appellation of the senior lieutenant; also, senior lieutenant of marines, and first captain of a gun.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'first' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #79

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'first' in Written Corpus Frequency: #146

Anagrams for first »

  1. Frits

  2. Rifts

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How to say first in sign language?

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of first in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of first in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of first in a Sentence

  1. Karl Buhler, 1930:

    By the time the child can draw more that scribble, by the age of four or five years, an already well-formed body of conceptual knowledge formulated in language dominates his memory and controls his graphic work. Drawings are graphic accounts of essentially verbal processes. As an essentially verbal education gains control, the child abandons his graphic efforts and relies almost entirely on words. Language has first spoilt drawing and then swallowed it up completely.

  2. Amina Ali Qassim:

    Our neighbor shouted to my husband 'you have to leave, they're coming.' And we just ran. As soon as we left the house, the first missile fell right by it and then a second on it. It burned everything to the ground.

  3. Matteo Renzi:

    For the first time we are spending more on schools instead of cutting.

  4. Francis Conidi:

    First and most importantly, their intent is to market them to prevent concussions and they’re not training the individuals selling the devices. The parents are getting a false sense of safety, while the results show they offer little to no protection of concussion.

  5. Pramila Jayapal:

    Today is historic, as the No Ban Actis the first bill to pass the House that directly addresses Muslim civil rights.

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