before anything else; "first we must consider the garter snake"
ranking above all others; "was first in her class"; "the foremost figure among marine artists"; "the top graduate"
the initial time; "when Felix first saw a garter snake"
serving to begin; "the beginning canto of the poem"; "the first verse"
prominently forward; "he put his best foot foremost"
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"
before another in time, space, or importance; "I was here first"; "let's do this job first"
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"
(of a clause) capable of standing syntactically alone as a complete sentence; "the main (or independent) clause in a complex sentence has at least a subject and a verb"
most important element;
of force; of the greatest possible intensity; "by main strength"
a principal pipe in a system that distributes water or gas or electricity or that collects sewage
any very large body of (salt) water
a canvas tent to house the audience at a circus performance;
be ahead of others; be the first;
a garment (especially for women) that extends from the shoulders to the waist or hips;
covering for a hole (especially a hole in the top of a container);
a conical child's plaything tapering to a steel point on which it can be made to spin;
platform surrounding the head of a lower mast
the greatest possible intensity;
the upper part of anything;
finish up or conclude;
be the culminating event;
cut the top off;
situated at the top or highest position; "the top shelf"