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Definition 1: 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) - [noun denoting act]

Synonyms for first in the sense of this definition

(first is a kind of ...) (in team sports) the role assigned to an individual player

"what position does he play?"

(... is a member of first) a team that plays baseball

Definition 2: the lowest forward gear ratio in the gear box of a motor vehicle; used to start a car moving - [noun denoting artifact]

Synonyms for first in the sense of this definition

(first is a kind of ...) a mechanism for transmitting motion for some specific purpose (as the steering gear of a vehicle)

(... is part of first) a motor vehicle with four wheels; usually propelled by an internal combustion engine

"he needs a car to get to work"

Definition 3: an honours degree of the highest class - [noun denoting communication]

Synonyms for first in the sense of this definition

(first is a kind of ...) a university degree with honors

(... is a kind of first ) a first-class honours degree in two subjects

(first belongs to a domain located in ...) a monarchy in northwestern Europe occupying most of the British Isles; divided into England and Scotland and Wales and Northern Ireland; `Great Britain' is often used loosely to refer to the United Kingdom

Definition 4: the first element in a countable series - [noun denoting quantity]

Samples where first or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the first of the month

Synonyms for first in the sense of this definition

(first is a kind of ...) the number designating place in an ordered sequence

Definition 5: the first or highest in an ordering or series - [noun denoting linkdef]

Samples where first or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • He wanted to be the first

Synonyms for first in the sense of this definition

(first is a kind of ...) relative status

"his salary was determined by his rank and seniority"

(... is a kind of first ) the first of two or the first mentioned of two

"Tom and Dick were both heroes but only the former is remembered today"

Definition 6: the time at which something is supposed to begin - [noun denoting time]

Samples where first or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • they got an early start
  • she knew from the get-go that he was the man for her

Synonyms for first in the sense of this definition

(first is a kind of ...) an instant of time

"at that point I had to leave"

(... is a kind of first ) the time when something begins (especially life)

"they divorced after the birth of the child" "his election signaled the birth of a new age"

(... is a kind of first ) beginning to exist or to be apparent

"he placed the incipience of democratic faith at around 1850" "it is designed to arrest monopolies in their incipiency"

(... is a kind of first ) earliest limiting point

(... is a kind of first ) the starting point for a new state or experience

"on the threshold of manhood"

Definition 7: preceding all others in time or space or degree - [adjective denoting all]

Samples where first or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • 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

(first is similar to ...) used of a person in the first year of an experience (especially in United States high school or college)

"a freshman senator" "freshman year in high school or college"

(first is similar to ...) preceding all others in time

"the premiere showing"

(first is similar to ...) preceding all others in time or being as first made or performed

"the original inhabitants of the Americas" "the book still has its original binding" "restored the house to its original condition" "the original performance of the opera" "the original cast" "retracted his original statement"

(first is similar to ...) used of the first or originating agent

"prime mover"

(first is similar to ...) first in order of birth

"the firstborn child"

(first is similar to ...) occurring at the beginning

"took the initial step toward reconciliation"

(first is similar to ...) serving as a base or starting point

"a basic course in Russian" "basic training for raw recruits" "a set of basic tools" "an introductory art course"

(first is similar to ...) representing or constituting an original type after which other similar things are patterned

"archetypal patterns" "she was the prototypal student activist"

(first is similar to ...) first in rank or degree

"an architect of premier rank" "the prime minister"

(means also ...) being or productive of something fresh and unusual; or being as first made or thought of

"a truly original approach" "with original music" "an original mind"

(means also ...) relating to or located in the front

"the front lines" "the front porch"

(means also ...) at or near the beginning of a period of time or course of events or before the usual or expected time

"early morning" "an early warning" "early diagnosis" "an early death" "took early retirement" "an early spring" "early varieties of peas and tomatoes mature before most standard varieties"

(means also ...) of first rank or importance or value; direct and immediate rather than secondary

"primary goals" "a primary effect" "primary sources" "a primary interest"

Definition 8: highest in pitch or chief among parts or voices or instruments or orchestra sections - [adjective denoting all]

Samples where first or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • first soprano
  • the first violin section
  • played first horn

(first belongs to category ...) an artistic form of auditory communication incorporating instrumental or vocal tones in a structured and continuous manner

Definition 9: before anything else - [adverb denoting all]

Samples where first or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • first we must consider the garter snake

Synonyms for first in the sense of this definition

Definition 10: prominently forward - [adverb denoting all]

Samples where first or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • he put his best foot foremost

Synonyms for first in the sense of this definition

Definition 11: the initial time - [adverb denoting all]

Samples where first or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • when Felix first saw a garter snake

Definition 12: before another in time, space, or importance - [adverb denoting all]

Samples where first or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • I was here first
  • let's do this job first

Definition 13: ranking above all others - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where first or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • was first in her class
  • the foremost figure among marine artists
  • the top graduate

Synonyms for first in the sense of this definition

(first is similar to ...) (superlative of `good') having the most positive qualities

"the best film of the year" "the best solution" "the best time for planting" "wore his best suit"

Definition 14: indicating the beginning unit in a series - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Synonyms for first in the sense of this definition

(first is similar to ...) being or denoting a numerical order in a series

"ordinal numbers" "held an ordinal rank of seventh"

Definition 15: serving to begin - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where first or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the beginning canto of the poem
  • the first verse

Synonyms for first in the sense of this definition

(first is similar to ...) first or beginning

"the memorable opening bars of Beethoven's Fifth" "the play's opening scene"

Definition 16: serving to set in motion - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where first or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • 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 for first in the sense of this definition

(first is similar to ...) first or beginning

"the memorable opening bars of Beethoven's Fifth" "the play's opening scene"

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