ETYM Old Eng. first, furst, as. fyrst; akin to Icel. fyrstr, Swed. and Dan. förste, Old High Germ. furist, German fürst prince; a superlatiye form of Eng. for, fore. Related to For, Fore, Formeer, Foremost.
1. Preceding all others in time or space or degree.
2. Ranking above all others; SYN. foremost, top.
3. Indicating the beginning unit in a series; SYN. 1st.
4. Being the gear producing the lowest drive speed; SYN. low.
5. (Music) Highest in pitch or chief among parts or voices or instruments or orchestra sections.
ETYM Old Eng. formest first, AS. formest, fyrmest, superl. of forma first, which is a superl. from fore fore; cf. Goth. frumist, fruma, first. Related to Fore, First, Former, Frame, Prime.
1. Preceding all others in spatial position; SYN. frontmost.
2. Situated closest to the bow.
1. Going or proceeding or going in advance; showing the way
2. Purposefully formulated to elicit a desired response
3. Indicating the most important performer or role; SYN. prima, star, starring, stellar.
1. Not married; virgin of a female animal; never yet mated; never having borne young
2. Of, relating to, or befitting a maiden
3. First, earliest
ETYM Old Eng. one, on, an, as. än.
1. Being one in number--a single unit or thing.
2. Being the single appropriate individual of a kind; only.
3. Used of a single unit or thing; not two or more.
4. Having the indivisible character of a unit; SYN. unitary.
5. Of the same kind or quality.
6. Indefinite in time or position.
7. Particular but unspecified.
8. Being a single entity made by combining separate components.
9. Used informally as an intensifier.
ETYM French premier, from Latin primarius of the first rank, principal, from primus the first. Related to Primary, Prime.
First in rank or degree; SYN. prime.
Preceding all others in time; SYN. premiere.
ETYM Latin primarius, from primus first: cf. French primaire. Related to Prime, Premier, Primero.
1. Not derived from or reducible to something else; basic; SYN. primitive.
2. Of first rank or importance or value; direct and immediate rather than secondhand.
ETYM French, from Latin primus first, a superl. corresponding to the compar. prior former. Related to Prior, Foremost, Former, Prim, Primary, Prince.
1. At the best stage.
2. (Math) Of or relating to or being an integer that cannot be factored into other integers.
Used of the first or originating agent.
ETYM Latin prior former, previous, better, superior; compar. corresponding to primus first, and pro for. Related to Former, Prime, and Pre-, Pro-.
1. Earlier in time or order; previous.
2. Taking precedence (as in importance).
3. Former; antecedent; anterior; previous.