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Dictionary definition for: First

1. (a) preceding all others in time or 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. (n) the first or highest in an ordering or series; "He wanted to be the first"

3. (r) before anything else; "first we must consider the garter snake"

4. (r) the initial time; "when Felix first saw a garter snake"

5. (n) the first element in a countable series; "the first of the month"

6. (s) indicating the beginning unit in a series

7. (r) before another in time, space, or importance; "I was here first" "let''s do this job first"

8. (n) the time at which something is supposed to begin; "they got an early start" "she knew from the get-go that he was the man for her"

9. (s) serving to set in motion; "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"

10. (r) prominently forward; "he put his best foot foremost"

11. (s) serving to begin; "the beginning canto of the poem" "the first verse"

12. (n) the fielding position of the player on a baseball team who is stationed at first base

13. (s) ranking above all others; "was first in her class" "the foremost figure among marine artists" "the top graduate"

14. (n) an honours degree of the highest class

15. (a) highest in pitch or chief among parts or voices or instruments or orchestra sections; "first soprano" "the first violin section" "played first horn"

16. (n) the lowest forward gear ratio in the gear box of a motor vehicle; used to start a car moving

17. (s) being the gear producing the lowest drive speed; "use first gear on steep hills"

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