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Meaning of first by Wiktionary Dictionary



    First ( not comparable )

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

Explanation of first by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. before anything else

    2. first we must consider the garter snake
    3. the initial time

    4. when Felix first saw a garter snake
    5. prominently forward

    6. before another in time, space, or importance

    7. I was here first
      let's do this job first
    1. ranking above all others

    2. was first in her class
    3. serving to begin

    4. the first verse
    5. serving to set in motion

    6. his first ( or maiden ) speech in Congress
    7. preceding all others in time or space or degree

    8. 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
    9. highest in pitch or chief among parts or voices or instruments or orchestra sections

    10. first soprano
      the first violin section
      played first horn
    11. indicating the beginning unit in a series

    1. 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 )

    2. the lowest forward gear ratio in the gear box of a motor vehicle

    3. an honours degree of the highest class

    4. the first element in a countable series

    5. the first of the month
    6. the first or highest in an ordering or series

    7. He wanted to be the first
    8. the time at which something is supposed to begin

    Definition of first by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. First ( fẽrst ), a. [OE. first, furst, AS. fyrst; akin to Icel. fyrstr, Sw. & Dan. förste, OHG. furist, G. fürst prince; a superlatiye form of E. for, fore. See For, Fore, and cf. Formeer, Foremost.]
      1. 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. Foremost; in front of, or in advance of, all others.

      3. Most eminent or exalted; most excellent; chief; highest; as, “Demosthenes was the first orator of Greece”.

      At first blush. See under Blush. -- At first hand, from the first or original source; without the intervention of any agent.

      It is the intention of the person to reveal it at first hand, by way of mouth, to yourself. Dickens.

      -- First coat ( Plastering ), the solid foundation of coarse stuff, on which the rest is placed; it is thick, and crossed with lines, so as to give a bond for the next coat. -- First day, Sunday; -- so called by the Friends. -- First floor. The ground floor. [U.S.] The floor next above the ground floor. [Eng.] -- First fruit or First fruits. The fruits of the season earliest gathered. ( Feudal Law ) One year's profits of lands belonging to the king on the death of a tenant who held directly from him. ( Eng. Eccl. Law ) The first year's whole profits of a benefice or spiritual living. The earliest effects or results.

      See, Father, what first fruits on earth are sprung

      From thy implanted grace in man! Milton.

      -- First mate, an officer in a merchant vessel next in rank to the captain. -- First name, same as Christian name. See under Name, n. -- First officer ( Naut. ), in the merchant service, same as First mate ( above ). -- First sergeant ( Mil. ), the ranking non-commissioned officer in a company; the orderly sergeant. Farrow. -- First watch ( Naut. ), the watch from eight to twelve at midnight; also, the men on duty during that time. -- First water, the highest quality or purest luster; -- said of gems, especially of diamond and pearls.

      Syn. -- Primary; primordial; primitive; primeval; pristine; highest; chief; principal; foremost.

    2. First ( fẽrst ), adv. Before any other person or thing in time, space, rank, etc.; -- much used in composition with adjectives and participles.

      Adam was first formed, then Eve. 1 Tim. ii. 13.

      At first, At the first, at the beginning or origin. -- First or last, at one time or another; at the beginning or end.

      And all are fools and lovers first or last. Dryden.

    3. First, n. ( Mus. ) The upper part of a duet, trio, etc., either vocal or instrumental; -- so called because it generally expresses the air, and has a preëminence in the combined effect.