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.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. FIRSTadjective

    Etymology: first, Saxon.

    Thy air,
    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.

  2. Firstadverb

    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.

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. frist

  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. Kirya Michael Owen:

    First cuts are deepest

  2. Jessica Brandt:

    Vaccines are a pathway to power, its soft power, it’s market power, pfizer is disproportionately the target of anti-western vaccine narratives … It may be because it was as the first western vaccine. It was perceived as the big target. It might also be because Pfizer's is a globally recognized U.S. brand.

  3. Kate Carey:

    If you swap in any other physically harmful and psychologically harmful event, a prevalence of 15 percent would be just unacceptably high, if, for instance, 15 percent of our young people were breaking their legs in their first year of school, we would expect that the community would do something to enhance the safety of the environment.

  4. The MTA:

    This is a first of its kind pilot when it comes to transportation agencies around the world and we are proud to be a part of it, for nearly three months, The MTA has worked relentlessly to disinfect our entire fleet of subways and buses but we've always promised that we would explore any and all new approaches available to us as well. The launch of this UVC pilot represents a promising next step in our ongoing efforts to identify technologies that can keep our customers and employees as safe as possible.

  5. Robbie Williams:

    I'm beyond excited to announce my first ever Christmas album. I've done a lot in my career and releasing this record is another dream come true.

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    personnel who assist their superior in carrying out an assigned task
    • A. contribution
    • B. staff
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