- adj. mathematics, logic Describing the simplest of many models, languages, relationship, forms of logical discourse etc, or the first in a numerical sequence of such things.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. decaying at an exponential rate; -- a mathematical concept applied to various types of decay, such as radioactivity and chemical reactions.
“However, this first-order effect is not the only way that interreligious marriage can affect interreligious relations.”
“Germany's mistake was to consider only first-order effects on bank capital, whereas it would be the second-order contagion effects on government and bank borrowing costs that would do the greatest damage.”
“Mr. Obama may be hobbled by a poor economy and unpopular policies, but he is a first-order campaigner.”
“CBZ follows first-order, nonsaturable kinetics. 1,2 CBZ is metabolized in the liver to several metabolites, the primary metabolite being CBZ-10,11 epoxide (CBZ-E) .1,2 CBZ-E possesses anticonvulsant activity similar to the parent drug.”
“(The first-order objective was the removal of Saddam as a threat — that was achieved.)”
“What commands a greater audience are arguments that occupation — and, now, the invasion and bombardment and blockade of Gaza — are first-order Israeli security interests.”
“You reasoned that a first-order response would have been impractical because it would require research on both your own part and on the part of your opponent, so you went on to a second order response.”
“Specialized appliances find their sweet spot in the market as an abstraction layer for complex functionality that fits poorly in vanilla server hardware (think core routers) or by using the appliance as an interface to unique functionality that offers more than just first-order convenience (e.g. some database analytics appliances).”
“There are alarming signs that he lacks the emotional intelligence that a first-order statesman needs if they are to take a seat at the table of political history – forming alliances, building support, accruing political capital, nudging, cajoling.”
“Note that this is only a first-order analysis, and does not account for road networks or flight paths, border effects, idling times, switching costs, or aesthetic factors.”
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