first

1. adjective /fɜːst,fɝst/
Having no predecessor. The ordinal number corresponding to one.

T favourable reception the Orrery has met with from Perſons of the firſt diſtinction,<! Hyphenated as “diſtinc-tion” in the original source and from Gentlemen and Ladies in general, has induced me to add to it ſeveral new improvements in order to give it a degree of Perfection;<! Hyphenated as “Perfec-tion” in the original source and diſtinguiſh it from others ; which by Piracy, or Imitation, may be introduced to the Public.

2. adverb /fɜːst,fɝst/
Before anything else; firstly.
3. noun /fɜːst,fɝst/
a) The person or thing in the first position.

He was the first to complete the course.

b) The first gear of an engine.

This is a first. For once he has nothing to say.


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  • FIRST — First  общеупотребительное английское слово, которое может переводиться как первый, ближайший, самый ранний, лучший, главный, начало, ранее, сначала и т. д. В силу позитивности звучания и значения часто используется в аббревиатурах …   Википедия

  • First — First, n. (Mus.) The upper part of a duet, trio, etc., either vocal or instrumental; so called because it generally expresses the air, and has a pre[ e]minence in the combined effect. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • first — I. adjective Etymology: Middle English, from Old English fyrst; akin to Old High German furist first, Old English faran to go more at fare Date: before 12th century preceding all others in time, order, or importance: as a. earliest b. being the… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • First EP — Infobox Album | Name = First EP Type = Album Artist = Mock Orange Released = November 26 1997 Recorded = Genre = Indie rock Length = 21:19 Label = Dead Droid Records Producer = Reviews = Last album = Amplified (2000) This album = First EP (2002)… …   Wikipedia

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