before anything else; "first we must consider the garter snake"
the initial time; "when Felix first saw a garter snake"
prominently forward; "he put his best foot foremost"
before another in time, space, or importance; "I was here first"; "let's do this job first"
the fielding position of the player on a baseball team who is stationed at first of the bases in the infield (counting counterclockwise from home plate)
ranking above all others; "was first in her class"; "the foremost figure among marine artists"; "the top graduate"
serving to begin; "the beginning canto of the poem"; "the first verse"
the lowest forward gear ratio in the gear box of a motor vehicle; used to start a car moving
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"