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'first' - used as an adjective
1. 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. indicating the beginning unit in a series
3. serving to set in motion
his first (or maiden) speech in Congress
4. serving to begin
the first verse
5. ranking above all others
was first in her class
6. highest in pitch or chief among parts or voices or instruments or orchestra sections
first soprano
the first violin section
played first horn
7. being the gear producing the lowest drive speed
use first gear on steep hills

'first' - used as a adverb
8. before anything else
first we must consider the garter snake
9. the initial time
when Felix first saw a garter snake
10. before another in time, space, or importance
I was here first
let's do this job first
11. prominently forward

'first' - used as a noun
12. the first or highest in an ordering or series
He wanted to be the first
13. the first element in a countable series
the first of the month
14. the time at which something is supposed to begin
15. 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)
16. an honours degree of the highest class
17. the lowest forward gear ratio in the gear box of a motor vehicle; used to start a car moving
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Antonym
  • last
  • intermediate
  • second
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