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  Definition of First
  1. the fielding position of the player on a baseball team who is stationed at first base
  2. the lowest forward gear ratio in the gear box of a motor vehicle; used to start a car moving
  3. an honours degree of the highest class
  4. the first element in a countable series; "the first of the month"
  5. the first or highest in an ordering or series; "He wanted to be the first"
  6. 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"
  7. being the gear producing the lowest drive speed; "use first gear on steep hills"
  8. ranking above all others; "was first in her class"; "the foremost figure among marine artists"; "the top graduate"
  9. serving to begin; "the beginning canto of the poem"; "the first verse"
  10. 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"
  11. 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"
  12. highest in pitch or chief among parts or voices or instruments or orchestra sections; "first soprano"; "the first violin section"; "played first horn"
  13. indicating the beginning unit in a series
  14. before anything else; "first we must consider the garter snake"
  15. the initial time; "when Felix first saw a garter snake"
  16. prominently forward; "he put his best foot foremost"
  17. before another in time, space, or importance; "I was here first"; "let''s do this job first"
Similar Words: first base, first gear, low gear, low, first-class honours degree, number one, number 1, beginning, commencement, outset, get-go, start, kickoff, starting time, showtime, offset, foremost, world-class, beginning(a), inaugural, initiative, initiatory, maiden, 1st, firstly, first of all, first off, for the first time


See Also: early, front(a), original, primary


Hyponyms: double first, former, birth, incipiency, incipience, terminus a quo, starting point, threshold


Part Meronyms: car, auto, automobile, machine, motorcar


Member Meronyms: baseball team


Derivational Morphology: inaugurate, kick off, start, take up, start up, embark on, commence, originate, initiate, begin, lead off, get down, get, start out, set about, set out


Language Translations:
Arabic: أول   Armenian: առաջին  
Bosnian: prvi   Breton: kentañ  
Catalan: primer   Danish: den først and først  
Dutch: eerst   Esperanto: unua  
Finnish: ensimmäinen   French: premier  
Frisian: earst   German: erste  
Greek: πρώτος   Hungarian: első  
Ido: unesma   Indonesian: pertama  
Interlingua: prime and primo   Irish: aonú ; céad  
Italian: primo   Japanese: 最初  
Latin: primus   Macedonian: прв  
Maltese: l-ewwel   Norwegian: først  
Polish: pierwszy   Portuguese: primeiro  
Romanian: prim   Russian: первый  
Slovak: prvý   Slovene: prvi  
Spanish: primero   Swedish: etta and förste  
Telugu: ఒకటవ   Turkish: birinci  
Vietnamese: thứ nhất   Welsh: cyntaf  
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