English adjective: first
|1.||first preceding all others in time or space or degree|
|Samples||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.
|Similar||archetypal, archetypical, basic, eldest, first-year, firstborn, freshman, initial, introductory, original, premier, premier, premiere, prime, prime, prototypal, prototypic, prototypical|
|See also||early, front, original, primary|
|2.||first indicating the beginning unit in a series|
|3.||first serving to set in motion|
|Samples||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.
|Synonyms||inaugural, initiative, initiatory, maiden|
|4.||first serving to begin|
|Samples||The beginning canto of the poem.|
The first verse.
|5.||first ranking above all others|
|Samples||Was first in her class.|
The foremost figure among marine artists.
The top graduate.
|6.||first highest in pitch or chief among parts or voices or instruments or orchestra sections|
The first violin section.
Played first horn.
English noun: first
|1.||first the first or highest in an ordering or series|
|Samples||He wanted to be the first.|
|2.||first (quantity) the first element in a countable series|
|Samples||The first of the month.|
|Synonyms||number 1, number one|
|Broader (hypernym)||no., ordinal, ordinal number|
|3.||first (time) the time at which something is supposed to begin|
|Samples||They got an early start.|
She knew from the get-go that he was the man for her.
|Synonyms||beginning, commencement, get-go, kickoff, offset, outset, showtime, start, starting time|
|Broader (hypernym)||point, point in time|
|Narrower (hyponym)||birth, incipience, incipiency, starting point, terminus a quo, threshold|
|Antonyms||end, ending, middle|
|4.||first (act) 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)|
|Member meronym||baseball team|
|5.||first (communication) an honours degree of the highest class|
|Synonyms||first-class honours degree|
|Broader (hypernym)||honours, honours degree|
|Narrower (hyponym)||double first|
|Domain region||Britain, Great Britain, U.K., UK, United Kingdom, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland|
|6.||first (artifact) the lowest forward gear ratio in the gear box of a motor vehicle; used to start a car moving|
|Synonyms||first gear, low, low gear|
|Broader (hypernym)||gear, gear mechanism|
|Part meronym||auto, automobile, car, machine, motorcar|
English adverb: first
|1.||first before anything else|
|Samples||First we must consider the garter snake.|
|Synonyms||first of all, first off, firstly, foremost|
|2.||first the initial time|
|Samples||When Felix first saw a garter snake.|
|Synonyms||for the first time|
|3.||first before another in time, space, or importance|
|Samples||I was here first.|
Let's do this job first.
|4.||first prominently forward|
|Samples||He put his best foot foremost.|