1. [Adjective]: highest in pitch or chief among parts or voices or instruments or orchestra sections; "first soprano"; "the first violin section"; "played first horn"

2. [Adjective]: 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"

3. [Noun]: the lowest forward gear ratio in the gear box of a motor vehicle; used to start a car moving

4. [Noun]: the first element in a countable series; "the first of the month"

5. [Noun]: the time at which something is supposed to begin; "they got an early start"; "she knew from the get-go that he was the man for her"

6. [Noun]: the fielding position of the player on a baseball team who is stationed at first base

7. [Noun]: an honours degree of the highest class

8. [Noun]: the first or highest in an ordering or series; "He wanted to be the first"

9. [Adverb]: before another in time, space, or importance; "I was here first"; "let''s do this job first"

10. [Adverb]: before anything else; "first we must consider the garter snake"

11. [Adverb]: prominently forward; "he put his best foot foremost"

12. [Adverb]: the initial time; "when Felix first saw a garter snake"

13. ranking above all others; "was first in her class"; "the foremost figure among marine artists"; "the top graduate"

14. 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"

15. being the gear producing the lowest drive speed; "use first gear on steep hills"

16. serving to begin; "the beginning canto of the poem"; "the first verse"

17. indicating the beginning unit in a series

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