[ 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"
Used in print(Musical America, LXXXI:5...)
Chicago was also a welcome host : there , in 1921 , Prokofieff conducted the world_premiere of the Love_for_Three_Oranges , and played the first performance of his Third_Piano_Concerto .(Norman Kent, "The Watercolor Art of Roy M. Mason"...)
He worked in oil for years before beginning his work in watercolor , and his first public recognition and early honors , including his election to the Academy , were for his essays in the heavier medium .
`` Speed in painting a picture is valid only when it imparts spontaneity and crispness , but unless the artist has lots of experience so that he can control rapid execution , he would do_well to take these first sketches and soberly reorder their design to achieve a unified composition .
In analyzing the watercolors of Roy_Mason , the first thing that comes_to_mind is their essential decorativeness , yet this word has such a varied connotation that it needs some elaboration here .
He was elected to the National_Academy_of_Design as an Associate in the oil class in 1931 ( after receiving his first Ranger_Fund_Purchase_Prize at the Academy in 1930 ) , and elevated to Academicianship in 1940 .
[ adjective ] indicating the beginning unit in a series
Used in print(David Boroff, "Jewish Teen-Age Culture"...)
In their first two years in high_school , Jewish boys in this town make strenuous exertions to win positions on the school teams .
First , the girl 's education has a lower priority than the son 's .(John F. Hayward, "Mimesis and Symbol in the Arts"...)
In the first instance , `` mimesis '' is here used to mean the recalling of experience in_terms_of vivid images rather than in_terms_of abstract ideas or conventional designations .(Charles Wharton Stork, "Verner von Heidenstam"...)
The first half of The_Charles_Men , ending on the climax of the battle of Poltava in 1709 , is more dramatically coherent than the second .(Statements 87th Congress, 1st Session. Appropriations,...)
The Secretary_of_the_Interior or any duly authorized representative shall be entitled to admission to , and to require reports from the operator of , any metal or nonmetallic mine which is in a State ( excluding any coal or lignite mine ) , the products of_which regularly enter commerce or the operations of_which substantially affect commerce , for the purpose of gathering data and information necessary for the study authorized in the first section of_this Act .
[ adverb ] before anything else
"first we must consider the garter snake"
Used in print(Norman Kent, "The Watercolor Art of Roy M. Mason"...)
In the best tradition , he first taught himself to see , then to draw with accuracy and assurance , and_then to paint .
First I make preliminary watercolor sketches in quarter scale ( approximately * * f inches ) in which I pay particular attention to the design principles of three simple values - the lightest light , the middle tone , and the darkest dark - by reducing the forms of my subject to these large patterns .
However , first I thoughtfully study my sketch for improvement of color and design along the lines I have described .
Then I plan my attack : the parts I will finish first , the range of values , the accenting of minor details - all_in_all , mechanics of producing the finished job with a maximum of crispness .(John R. Sargent, "Where To Aim Your Planning for Bigger...)
First , most products tend to become more complex .
[ adverb ] the initial time;
"when Felix first saw a garter snake"
Used in print(The New York Times,...)
That 's how he first won the Masters in 1958 .(Chicago Daily Tribune...)
Allied_Arts corporation first listed the Chicago dates as Dec. 4 thru 10 .(The Christian Science Monitor,...)
Miss_Sutherland first sang Lucia at Covent_Garden in 1959 .(Edward Austin Walton, "On Education for the Interior...)
When these groups were first formed many prominent and accomplished decorators could not have had the advantage of school training since interior_design courses were rare and undeveloped during their youth .(Frank Getlein and Harold C. Gardiner, S.J., Movies,...)
In about seven years Griffith either invented or first realized the possibilities of virtually every resource at the disposal of the film_maker .
[ noun ] the first or highest in an ordering or series
: "He wanted to be the first"
Used in print(St. Louis Post-Dispatch,...)
Larry_Scherer last night pitched a no-hit_game , said to be the first in Billiken baseball history , as the Blue_and_White beat Southeast_Missouri_State_College , 5 - 1 , at Crystal_City .
The victory was the first of the season for the Billikens after nine defeats and a tie .(Francis Pollini, Night....)
I was the first to get my squad on_the_ball , and anybody thinkin it was easy is pretty damn dumb .(Frieda Arkin, "The Light of the Sea," in The...)
The girl , her first , she barely remembered .
[ adverb ] before another in time, space, or importance
"I was here first" "let's do this job first"
Used in print(William G. Pollard, Physicist and Christian....)
It is like a mysterious epidemic which , starting first with Abigail and Parris , spreads inexorably with a dreadfully growing virulence through the whole town until all have been infected by it .(R. P. Jerrard, "Inscribed squares in plane curves"...)
To each paired vertex and diagonal point there corresponds a unique forward corner point , i.e. , the corner on C reached first by proceeding along C from the vertex in the direction of increasing t .(Douglas Ashford, "Elections in Morocco: Progress...)
In January , 1958 , the Minister_of_the_Interior announced that an election law was ready to be submitted to the King , the rumors of election dates appeared once_again , first for spring of 1958 and later for the summer .(E. Lucas Myers, "The Vindication of Dr. Nestor,"...)
Alex entered first and was followed by the doctor who , for all his care , manifested a perceptible bulge on his left side where the hen was cradled .
[ noun ] (mathematics) the first element in a countable series
"the first of the month"
Used in print(Leo Lemon, "Catch Up With" and "Something to...)
The battle of the drib-drool continues , but most of New_York 's knowing sophisticates of Abstract_Expressionism are stamping their feet impatiently in expectation of V ( for Vindication ) Day , September first , when Augustus_Quasimodo 's first one-man show opens at the Guggenheim .
[ adverb ] prominently forward
"he put his best foot foremost"
Used in print(Chester G. Starr, The Origins of Greek Civili...)
The modern student , who knows what was to come next , is likely to place first the factors of change which are visible in the eighth century .(William Maxwell, The Chateau....)
Since ordinary breakfast-table conversation was impossible , it was at_least something that they were able to offer Eugene the sugar_bowl with their sugar in it , and the plate of bread_and_butter , and that Eugene could return the pitcher of hot milk to them handle first .(Octavia Waldo, A Cup of the Sun....)
The Old_Man 's son threw himself down , belly first , upon a concrete step , taking_in the coolness of it , and dreaming of the day he would be rich .
[ adjective ] 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"
Used in print(Sports Age, 24:9...)
The first program was sponsored by Abraham_+_Strauss , Hempstead , New_York , under the direction of Special Events director Jennings_Dennis .(Booton Herndon, "From Custer to Korea, The 7th Cavalry"...)
But his first few days with Troop_H were full of surprises , beginning with First_Sergeant_Robert_Early .(Donald J. Plantz, Sweeney Squadron....)
And Sweeney_Squadron put its first marks on the combat record .
[ adjective ] serving to begin
"the beginning canto of the poem" "the first verse"
Used in print(William G. Pollard, Physicist and Christian....)
In a long commentary which he has inserted in the published text of the first act of the play , he says at one point : `` However , that experience never raised a doubt in his mind as to the reality of the underworld or the existence of Lucifer 's many faced lieutenants .(Howard Nemerov, "Themes and Methods: The Early...)
The first sentence , with its platitudinous irony , announces an emblematic intent : `` The way to the churchyard ran_along beside the highroad , ran beside it all_the_way to the end ; that_is_to_say , to the churchyard '' .
As the first sentence suggests , both roads belong_to death in_the_end .
[ noun ] (baseball,sport) the fielding position of the player on a baseball team who is stationed at first base
Used in print(The Sun, [Baltimore],...)
Carey singled on a slow bouncing ball to short which Robinson cut_across to field and threw wide to first .
[ 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"
Used in print(Philip Jos‚ Farmer, The Lovers....)
And , from the first , he faced a difficult task .
[ noun ] Last name, frequency rank in the U.S. is 29015