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"
a printed and bound book that is an extended work of fiction; "his bookcases were filled with nothing but novels"; "he burned all the novels"
an extended fictional work in prose; usually in the form of a story
pleasantly new or different; "common sense of a most refreshing sort"
original and of a kind not seen before; "the computer produced a completely novel proof of a well-known theorem"