1. At a first stage of development; just becoming familiar with the rudiments or skills or routines; SYN. novice.
2. Serving to begin; SYN. first.
ETYM Latin elementarius: cf. French élémentaire.
1. Not involved or complicated; SYN. simple, uncomplicated, unproblematic.
2. Of or being the essential or basic part; SYN. primary.
3. Of the first stage of education and schools.
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 Latin incipiens, p. pr. of incipere to begin. Related to Inception.
Only partly in existence; imperfectly formed; SYN. inchoate.
Beginning; in initial stage.
ETYM Latin initialis, from initium a going in, entrance, beginning, from inire to go into, to enter, begin; pref. in- in + ire to go: cf. French initial. Related to Issue, Commence.
Occurring at the beginning.
First or beginning
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 Latin primordialis, from primordium the first beginning; primus first + ordiri to begin a web, to begin: cf. French primordial.
1. First in order; primary; original; of earliest origin.
2. (Geology) Of or pertaining to the lowest beds of the Silurian age, corresponding to the Acadian and Potsdam periods in American geology. It is called also Cambrian, and by many geologists is separated from the Silurian.
3. Originally or earliest formed in the growth of an individual or organ.
4. Pertaining to, or having existed from, beginning; in original form; first; primary.