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"
the first element in a countable series; "the first of the month"
serving to begin; "the beginning canto of the poem"; "the first verse"
prominently forward; "he put his best foot foremost"
the first or highest in an ordering or series; "He wanted to be the first"
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"
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"