Character 5
Hyphenation first
Pronunciations /fɪrst/

Definitions and meanings of "First"

What do we mean by 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. noun

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. noun

First base. noun

A first baseman. noun

Corresponding in order to the number one. adjective

Coming before all others in order or location. adjective

Occurring or acting before all others in time; earliest. adjective

Ranking above all others, as in importance or quality; foremost. adjective

Being highest in pitch or carrying the principal part. 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 US president's household. adjective

Before or above all others in time, order, rank, or importance. adverb

For the first time. adverb

Rather; preferably. adverb

In the first place; to begin with; firstly. adverb

The person or thing in the first position.

The first gear of an engine.

Something that has never happened before; a new occurrence.

First base

A first-class honours degree.

A first-edition copy of some publication.

A fraction of an integer ending in one.

Synonyms and Antonyms for First

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? ' ❋ Unknown (2008)

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. ❋ Unknown (2008)

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. ❋ Unknown (2007)

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_. ❋ William A. Ross (N/A)

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_. ❋ Mabel Bent (N/A)

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. ❋ Anonymous (N/A)

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_. ❋ Unknown (N/A)

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 ❋ Various (N/A)

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_. ❋ Paul Popenoe (1933)

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. ❋ Benedetto Croce (1909)

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. ❋ Percy Goetschius (1898)

My first wife -- my _first_ wife, gentlemen, she was English. ❋ Unknown (1897)

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. ❋ John Henry Tilden (1895)

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? ❋ John Meade Falkner (1895)

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 ❋ Henry Ernest Dudeney (1893)

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. ❋ Joseph Warren Keifer (1884)

We may take first a certain number of comparatively short dialogues, which are strongly Socratic in the following respects: _first_, they each seek a definition of some particular virtue or quality; _second_, each suggests some relation between it and knowledge; _third_, each leaves the answer somewhat open, treating the matter suggestively rather than dogmatically. ❋ John Marshall (1880)

Louis Hebert was the first proprietor in Quebec, the first land owner in Canada; as such, historians recognize him as the first Citizen of Quebec -- the _first Canadian_: a surgeon, let us bear in mind. ❋ Unknown (1868)

When we come to the offerings enumerated in v. 14, we notice that they are mentioned in the almost invariable _order of enumeration_ -- first the burnt-offering, then the sin-offering, and lastly the peace offering; but when in v. 16 we come to the offering up of the sacrifices, we notice that _as always_ the sin-offering is the _first to be offered_. ❋ James Hudson Taylor (1868)

It is a mere empty dream, unworthy of a serious consideration by any mind imbued with the first principle of inductive science -- namely, that all science is the orderly knowledge of facts; and whose first rule is, _first ascertain your facts_. ❋ Robert Patterson (1857)

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