from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- noun 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 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.
- noun First base.
- noun A first baseman.
- adjective 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 Music 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.
- adverb 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.
- idiom (off/thing) From the start; immediately.
from The Century Dictionary.
- Before all others in place or progression, rank, order of time, etc.
- Hence Sooner; before doing or suffering (that is, so as not to do or suffer) some act or result: as, I will not do it, I will die first.
- noun Time; time granted; respite: same as
- Being before all others; being the initial unit or aggregate in order of occurrence or arrangement as to time, place, or rank: the ordinal of one.
- Foremost in time; preceding all others of the kind in order of time: as, Adam was the first man; I was the first guest to arrive.
- Foremost in place; before all others from the point of view or consideration: as, the first man in a rank or line.
- Foremost in importance or estimation; before or superior to all others in character, quality, or degree: as, Demosthenes was the first orator of Greece; the part of first villain in a play; wheat of the first grade; specifically, in music, highest or chief among several voices or instruments of the same class: as, first alto; first horn.
- Synonyms Primary, primordial, original, primitive, pristine, earliest. See comparison under primary.
- Highest, chief, principal, capital, foremost, leading.
- noun That which is first; the beginning. or that which makes or constitutes a beginning.
- noun In music: The voice or instrument that takes the highest or chief part in its class, especially in an orchestra or chorus; a leader of a part or group of performers.
- noun The interval and concord of the unison or prime. See
- noun Same as
first base(which see, above).
- noun The highest rank in an examination for honors: as, he got a first in mathematics. See
- noun Immediately.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- noun (Mus.) The upper part of a duet, trio, etc., either vocal or instrumental; -- so called because it generally expresses the air, and has a preëminence in the combined effect.
- adjective Preceding all others of a series or kind; the ordinal of one; earliest
- adjective Foremost; in front of, or in advance of, all others.
- adjective Most eminent or exalted; most excellent; chief; highest.
- adjective See under
- adjective from the first or original source; without the intervention of any agent.
- adjective (Plastering) the solid foundation of coarse stuff, on which the rest is placed; it is thick, and crossed with lines, so as to give a bond for the next coat.
- adjective Sunday; -- so called by the Friends.
- adjective [U.S.], [Eng.] The floor next above the ground floor.
- adjective (Feudal Law), (Eng. Eccl. Law) The earliest effects or results.
- adjective an officer in a merchant vessel next in rank to the captain.
- adjective same as Christian name. See under
- adjective (Naut.) in the merchant service, same as First mate (above).
from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
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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_.
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_.
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.
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_.
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
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_.
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.