Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The first or highest source, without the intervention of agents or media of any kind: generally with at, or, without a preposition, in adverbial use: as, information secured at first-hand from the person interested; goods obtained first-hand from the manufacturer.
- Obtained direct from the first source; obtained from the producer, maker, etc., without the intervention of agents or media.
- adj. alternative spelling of firsthand.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Obtained directly from the first or original source; hence, without the intervention of an agent; -- of information.
- adj. received directly from a source
- adv. from the original source; directly.
“He said this stage is characterized by first-hand recognition that something different is happening, and secondly, the beginning of a disengagement process.”
“WSJ's Margaret Coker had a first-hand seat to the recent revolutions in Tunisia, Egypt and Libya.”
“My colleagues at The Greenlining Institute saw this first-hand when they advocated for provisions aimed at preserving at least a bit of media diversity in the recently-approved Comcast/NBC Universal merger.”
“I have got first-hand experience with every single feature (and bug) in their specs.”
“Finance Minister Schaeuble had kept him on because of his first-hand experience of the first wave of the financial crisis.”
“Your correspondent, who is preparing to leave Brussels after eight years of covering the EU, witnessed first-hand many of the events in her book.”
“I have had the privilege to see the effect of a flat tax first-hand, in Russia.”
“Activists said they also wanted to provoke the security forces into a reaction, so the observers would get a first-hand look at the regime's crackdown.”
“Perhaps I would believe the sincerity of our elected officials if they really put their own children in our schools and saw first-hand the huge need for funding.”
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