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Adjective: first  furst
  1. Preceding all others in time, space or degree
    "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"
     
  2. Indicating the beginning unit in a series
    - 1st
     
  3. Serving to set in motion
    "his first (or maiden) speech in Congress";
    - inaugural, initiative, initiatory, maiden
     
  4. Of or relating to the initial or early part of something
    "the first verse";
    - beginning
     
  5. Ranking above all others
    "was first in her class";
    - foremost, world-class, world-beating
     
  6. (music) highest in pitch or chief among parts or voices or instruments or orchestra sections
    "first soprano"; "the first violin section"; "played first horn"
Adverb: first  furst
  1. Before anything else
    "first we must consider the garter snake";
    - firstly, foremost, first of all, first off
     
  2. The initial time
    "when Felix first saw a garter snake";
    - for the first time
     
  3. Before another in time, space, or importance
    "I was here first"; "let's do this job first"
     
  4. Prominently forward
    "he put his best foot first";
    - foremost
Noun: first  furst
  1. The first or highest in an ordering or series
    "He wanted to be the first";
    - number one
     
  2. The first element in a countable series
    "the first of the month";
    - number one, number 1
     
  3. The time when something begins
    - beginning, commencement, outset, get-go [N. Amer], start, kickoff, starting time, showtime, offset
     
  4. 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)
    - first base
     
  5. [Brit] An honours degree of the highest class
    - first-class honours degree [Brit, Cdn], first-class honors degree [US]
     
  6. The lowest forward gear ratio in the gear box of a motor vehicle; used to start a car moving
    - first gear, low gear, low

Derived forms: firsts

See also: archetypal, archetypical, basic, best, early, eldest, firstborn, first-year, freshman [N. Amer], front, initial, introductory, opening, ordinal, original, premier, premiere, primary, prime, prototypal, prototypic, prototypical

Type of: gear, gear mechanism, honors [US], honours [Brit, Cdn], honours degree [Brit, Cdn], no., ordinal, ordinal number, point, point in time, position, rank

Antonym: last, second

Part of: auto, automobile, baseball team, car, machine, motorcar

Encyclopedia: First, do no harm