What does first mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. first, number onenoun

    the first or highest in an ordering or series

    "He wanted to be the first"

  2. first, number one, number 1noun

    the first element in a countable series

    "the first of the month"

  3. 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"

  4. 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)

  5. first, first-class honours degreenoun

    an honours degree of the highest class

  6. 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

  7. firstadjective

    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, 1stadjective

    indicating the beginning unit in a series

  9. 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"

  10. beginning(a), firstadjective

    serving to begin

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

  11. first, foremost, world-classadjective

    ranking above all others

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

  12. firstadverb

    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 offadverb

    before anything else

    "first we must consider the garter snake"

  14. first, for the first timeadverb

    the initial time

    "when Felix first saw a garter snake"

  15. firstadverb

    before another in time, space, or importance

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

  16. foremost, firstadverb

    prominently forward

    "he put his best foot foremost"

Wiktionary

  1. firstnoun

    The person or thing in the first position.

    He was the first to complete the course.

  2. firstnoun

    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. firstnoun

    Time; time granted; respite.

  9. firstadverb

    Before anything else; firstly.

  10. firstadjective

    Having no predecessor. The ordinal number corresponding to one.

  11. Firstadjective

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

Webster Dictionary

  1. Firstadjective

    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. Firstadjective

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

  3. Firstadjective

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

  4. Firstadverb

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

  5. Firstnoun

    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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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. Eric Swalwell:

    I think you have to make an example out of Steven Mnuchin and William Barr first, though, you can't let them off the hook.

  2. Portland Police Chief Chris Davis:

    Many community members will want to make their voices heard and might march and demonstrate, and we encourage and support the lawful exercise of First Amendment rights, those who think it is acceptable to put others’ lives and livelihoods at risk through dangerous acts of violence and destruction are not furthering the cause for system change, but setting our entire community back by tearing it apart. This is not advancing any racial justice.

  3. Michael Carvin:

    This decision simply affirms the historical understanding of the First Amendment and allows government to acknowledge the value and importance of religion.

  4. Nikolai Beope:

    The first thing a lot of people meet when they hop the fence is the canal, if you go to the canal you see a bunch of homemade floatation devices. It's such a violent gamble, and people are consistently willing to do it.

  5. Chinese Proverb:

    The man who strikes first admits that his ideas have given out.

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