What does first mean?

Here's a list of possible definitions for the term first:


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.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. FIRST(adj.)

    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. First(adv.)

    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. 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

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



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