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Definitions of "first"

  • The ordinal number matching the number one in a series. noun
  • The one coming, occurring, or ranking before or above all others. noun
  • The beginning; the outset: from the first; at first. noun
  • Music The voice or instrument highest in pitch or carrying the principal part. noun
  • The transmission gear or corresponding gear ratio used to produce the range of lowest drive speeds in a motor vehicle. noun
  • The winning position in a contest: finished the season in first. noun
  • Baseball First base. noun
  • Baseball A first baseman. noun
  • Corresponding in order to the number one. adjective
  • Coming before all others in order or location: the first house on your left. adjective
  • Occurring or acting before all others in time; earliest: the first day of spring. adjective
  • Ranking above all others, as in importance or quality; foremost: was first in the class. adjective
  • Music Being highest in pitch or carrying the principal part: first trumpet. adjective
  • Of, relating to, or being the transmission gear or corresponding gear ratio used to produce the range of lowest drive speeds in a motor vehicle. adjective
  • Of, related to, or being a member of the U.S. president's household: first daughter Amy Carter. adjective
  • Before or above all others in time, order, rank, or importance: arrived first; forgot to light the oven first. adverb
  • For the first time. adverb
  • Rather; preferably: would die first. adverb
  • In the first place; to begin with. See Usage Note at firstly. adverb

The word "first" in example sentences

Promoted to Headline (H3) on 6/26/08: Why were 'first responders' de-contaminated at the Pentagon? yahooBuzzArticleHeadline = 'Why were \'first responders\' de-contaminated at the Pentagon? '. [Why were 'first responders' de-contaminated at the Pentagon?]

I recognize this puts me a bit at odds with the first commenter, but Epicurious is usually my *first* archive to search, given how it draws on decades of recipes from Gourmet and Bon Appetit.. [Bitten Back: Readers’ Thoughts on the Best Cookbooks - Bitten Blog -]

A lot of this work has produced some exciting physical chemistry including the first observation of gravitational separation of isotopes and gases in a column..first predicted by Gibbs and observed many tens of decades later.. [Unthreaded #17 « Climate Audit]

The music played in the orchestra was very beautiful; and the officer, who had behaved so politely to us in permitting the gates, on the first night of our arrival, to be opened, seated on a high stool, rose conspicuously above the other musicians, and seemed indeed the _first fiddle_.. [A Yacht Voyage to Norway, Denmark, and Sweden 2nd edition]

To manure their date-groves they use the fins of a species of ray fish called _awwal_, steeped in water till they are putrid; _awwal_, by the way, was an ancient name of the Island of Bahrein, perhaps because it was the first island of the group in size, _awwal_ in Arabic meaning _first_.. [Southern Arabia]

Of course, at such first meeting, all the preliminaries prescribed as forming the _first_ movement of the act should be carried out _to the limit_.. [Sane Sex Life and Sane Sex Living Some Things That All Sane People Ought to Know About Sex Nature and Sex Functioning; Its Place in the Economy of Life, Its Proper Training and Righteous Exercise]

The first legislature of Virginia was convened under the administration of Governor Sir George Yeardley, in the year 1626; but before this we find, during the _first_ administration of Governor. [The International Monthly Magazine, Volume 5, No. 1, January, 1852]

She feared that when for the first time I found myself not _first_ considered in all arrangements, I might fail in those particular points of conduct in which she was most anxious I should triumph.. [The Story of the White-Rock Cove]

A mortality of 53 for the first four years of life is smaller than any district known in the United States, even to-day, can show for the _first_ year of life _alone_.. [Applied Eugenics]

Aesthetic_ that the _concept_ depends upon the _intuition_, which is the first degree, the primary and indispensable thing, so it is proved in the _Philosophy of the Practical_ that _Morality_ or _Ethic_ depends upon _Economic_, which is the _first_ degree of the practical activity.. [Aesthetic as Science of Expression and General Linguistic]

That is, the second phrase contrasts with the first; _the third corroborates the first_; and the fourth either resembles the second, or contrasts with all three preceding phrases.. [Lessons in Music Form A Manual of Analysis of All the Structural Factors and Designs Employed in Musical Composition]

My first wife -- my _first_ wife, gentlemen, she was English.. [Crowded Out! and Other Sketches]

As soon as an inflammation starts, the first thing that nature does is in the line of enforcing the _first law of cure, _namely: _rest.. [Appendicitis]

Is there any depression so deep as this? is there any night so dark as this first eclipse of the soul, this _first_ conscious stilling of the instinct for right?. [The Nebuly Coat]

Thus, 104603 means that we place a pig in the first row of the _first_ column, in no row of the _second_ column, in the fourth row of the _third_ column, in the sixth row of the _fourth_ column, in no row of the _fifth_ column, and in the third row of the. [The Canterbury Puzzles And Other Curious Problems]

The observation irresistibly comes, that on the scene of the first battle of the Mexican War -- a war inaugurated for the acquisition of slave territory -- and of the _first_ battle participated in by Lieutenant-General (then Second Lieutenant) U. S.. [Slavery and Four Years of War, Vol. 1-2 A Political History of Slavery in the United States Together With a Narrative of the Campaigns and Battles of the Civil War In Which the Author Took Part: 1861-1865]

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