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first - Dictionary definition and meaning for word first

Definition
(noun) the first or highest in an ordering or series
Synonyms : number one
Example Sentence
  • He wanted to be the first

Definition
(noun) the first element in a countable series
Synonyms : number 1 , number one
Example Sentence
  • the first of the month

Definition
(noun) the time at which something is supposed to begin
Example Sentence
  • they got an early start
  • she knew from the get-go that he was the man for her

Definition
(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)
Synonyms : first base

Definition
(noun) an honours degree of the highest class
Definition
(noun) the lowest forward gear ratio in the gear box of a motor vehicle; used to start a car moving
Synonyms : first gear , low , low gear

Definition
(adj) preceding all others in time or space or degree
Example Sentence
  • 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

Definition
(adj) indicating the beginning unit in a series
Synonyms : 1st

Definition
(adj) serving to set in motion
Example Sentence
  • 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

Definition
(adj) serving to begin
Synonyms : beginning
Example Sentence
  • the beginning canto of the poem
  • the first verse

Definition
(adj) ranking above all others
Synonyms : foremost , world-class
Example Sentence
  • was first in her class
  • the foremost figure among marine artists
  • the top graduate

Definition
(adj) highest in pitch or chief among parts or voices or instruments or orchestra sections
Example Sentence
  • first soprano
  • the first violin section
  • played first horn

Definition
(adv) before anything else
Example Sentence
  • first we must consider the garter snake

Definition
(adv) the initial time
Synonyms : for the first time
Example Sentence
  • when Felix first saw a garter snake

Definition
(adv) before another in time, space, or importance
Example Sentence
  • I was here first
  • let's do this job first

Definition
(adv) prominently forward
Synonyms : foremost
Example Sentence
  • he put his best foot foremost

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