first


first
first [fʉrst]
adj.
[ME < OE fyrst, lit., foremost, superl. of fore, before (see FORE), akin to OHG furist, Ger fürst, prince, lit., foremost < IE base * per-, beyond > L prae, before, Gr para, beside, beyond]
1. preceding all others in a series; before any other; 1st: used as the ordinal of ONE
2. happening or acting before all others; earliest
3. ranking before all others; foremost in rank, quality, importance, etc.; principal
4. designating the slowest forward gear ratio of a motor vehicle transmission; LOW1 (adj. 21)
5. Music playing or singing the part highest in pitch or the leading part
adv.
1.
a) before any other person or thing; at the beginning
b) before doing anything else
2. as the first point; to begin with
3. for the first time
4. sooner; preferably
n.
1. the one before the second
2. any person, thing, class, place, etc. that is first
3. the first day of a month
4. the beginning; start
5. a first happening or thing of its kind
6. [pl.] the best quality of merchandise
7. the winning place in a race or competition
8. the FIRST (adj. 4) gear of a motor vehicle transmission; LOW1 (n. a)
9. Baseball short for FIRST BASE
10. Music the highest or leading voice or instrument in an ensemble
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first thing
as the first thing; before anything else
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in the first place
firstly; to begin with

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