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  6  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  First  \First\,  a.  [OE.  first  furst,  AS  fyrst;  akin  to  Icel. 
  fyrstr  Sw  &  Dan.  f["o]rste,  OHG.  furist,  G.  f["u]rst 
  prince;  a  superlatiye  form  of  E.  for  fore.  See  {For}, 
  {Fore},  and  cf  {Formeer},  {Foremost}.] 
  1.  Preceding  all  others  of  a  series  or  kind  the  ordinal  of 
  one  earliest;  as  the  first  day  of  a  month;  the  first 
  year  of  a  reign. 
 
  2.  Foremost;  in  front  of  or  in  advance  of  all  others 
 
  3.  Most  eminent  or  exalted;  most  excellent;  chief;  highest; 
  as  Demosthenes  was  the  first  orator  of  Greece. 
 
  {At  first  blush}.  See  under  {Blush}. 
 
  {At  first  hand},  from  the  first  or  original  source;  without 
  the  intervention  of  any  agent. 
 
  It  is  the  intention  of  the  person  to  reveal  it  at 
  first  hand,  by  way  of  mouth,  to  yourself  --Dickens. 
 
  {First  coat}  (Plastering),  the  solid  foundation  of  coarse 
  stuff,  on  which  the  rest  is  placed;  it  is  thick,  and 
  crossed  with  lines,  so  as  to  give  a  bond  for  the  next 
  coat. 
 
  {First  day},  Sunday;  --  so  called  by  the  Friends. 
 
  {First  floor}. 
  a  The  ground  floor.  [U.S.] 
  b  The  floor  next  above  the  ground  floor.  [Eng.] 
 
  {First}  {fruit  or  fruits}. 
  a  The  fruits  of  the  season  earliest  gathered. 
  b  (Feudal  Law)  One  year's  profits  of  lands  belonging  to 
  the  king  on  the  death  of  a  tenant  who  held  directly 
  from  him 
  c  (Eng.  Eccl.  Law)  The  first  year's  whole  profits  of  a 
  benefice  or  spiritual  living. 
  d  The  earliest  effects  or  results. 
 
  See  Father,  what  first  fruits  on  earth  are 
  sprung  From  thy  implanted  grace  in  man! 
  --Milton. 
 
  {First  mate},  an  officer  in  a  merchant  vessel  next  in  rank  to 
  the  captain. 
 
  {First  name},  same  as  {Christian  name}.  See  under  {Name},  n. 
 
 
  {First  officer}  (Naut.),  in  the  merchant  service,  same  as 
  {First  mate}  (above). 
 
  {First  sergeant}  (Mil.),  the  ranking  non-commissioned  officer 
  in  a  company;  the  orderly  sergeant.  --Farrow. 
 
  {First  watch}  (Naut.),  the  watch  from  eight  to  twelve  at 
  midnight;  also  the  men  on  duty  during  that  time. 
 
  {First  water},  the  highest  quality  or  purest  luster;  --  said 
  of  gems,  especially  of  diamond  and  pearls. 
 
  Syn:  Primary;  primordial;  primitive;  primeval;  pristine; 
  highest;  chief;  principal;  foremost. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  First  \First\,  adv 
  Before  any  other  person  or  thing  in  time,  space,  rank,  etc.; 
  --  much  used  in  composition  with  adjectives  and  participles. 
 
  Adam  was  first  formed,  then  Eve.  --1  Tim.  ii 
  13. 
 
  {At  first},  {At  the  first},  at  the  beginning  or  origin. 
 
  {First  or  last},  at  one  time  or  another;  at  the  beginning  or 
  end 
 
  And  all  are  fools  and  lovers  first  or  last 
  --Dryden. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  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. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  first 
  adj  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"  [ant:  {last},  {intermediate}] 
  2:  indicating  the  beginning  unit  in  a  series  [syn:  {1st}] 
  3:  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"  [syn:  {inaugural}, 
  {initiative},  {initiatory},  {maiden}] 
  4:  serving  to  begin;  "the  beginning  canto  of  the  poem";  "the 
  first  verse"  [syn:  {beginning(a)}] 
  5:  ranking  above  all  others  "was  first  in  her  class";  "the 
  foremost  figure  among  marine  artists";  "the  top  graduate" 
  [syn:  {foremost},  {top(a)}] 
  6:  (music)  highest  in  pitch  or  chief  among  parts  or  voices  or 
  instruments  or  orchestra  sections;  "first  soprano";  "the 
  first  violin  section";  "played  first  horn"  [ant:  {second}] 
  7:  being  the  gear  producing  the  lowest  drive  speed;  "use  first 
  gear  on  steep  hills"  [syn:  {low}] 
  n  1:  the  first  or  highest  in  an  ordering  or  series:  "He  wanted  to 
  be  the  first"  [syn:  {number  one}] 
  2:  the  first  element  in  a  countable  series;  "the  first  of  the 
  month"  [syn:  {number  one},  {number  1}] 
  3:  the  time  at  which  something  begins;  "They  got  an  early 
  start"  [syn:  {beginning},  {commencement},  {outset},  {start}, 
  {kickoff},  {starting  time},  {offset}]  [ant:  {middle},  {end}] 
  4:  the  fielding  position  of  the  player  on  a  baseball  team  who 
  is  stationed  at  first  base  [syn:  {first  base}] 
  5:  (Great  Britain)  an  honours  degree  of  the  highest  class  [syn: 
  {first-class  honours  degree}] 
  6:  the  lowest  forward  gear  ratio  in  the  gear  box  of  a  motor 
  vehicle;  used  to  start  a  car  moving  [syn:  {first  gear},  {low 
  gear},  {low}] 
  adv  1:  before  anything  else;  "first  we  must  consider  the  garter 
  snake"  [syn:  {firstly},  {foremost},  {first  of  all},  {first 
  off}] 
  2:  the  initial  time;  "when  Felix  first  saw  a  garter  snake" 
  [syn:  {for  the  first  time}] 
  3:  before  another  in  time,  space,  or  importance;  "I  was  here 
  first";  "let's  do  this  job  first" 
  4:  prominently  forward;  "he  put  his  best  foot  foremost"  [syn:  {foremost}] 
 
  From  V.E.R.A.  --  Virtual  Entity  of  Relevant  Acronyms  13  March  2001  [vera]: 
 
  FIRST 
  ForschungsInstitut  fuer  Rechnerarchitektur  und  SoftwareTechnik  (org.,  GMD,  Berlin,  Germany) 
 
 
 
  From  V.E.R.A.  --  Virtual  Entity  of  Relevant  Acronyms  13  March  2001  [vera]: 
 
  FIRST 
  Forum  of  Incident  Response  and  SecuriTy  (org.,  NIST) 
 
 




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