First floor
First First (f[~e]rst), a. [OE. first, furst, AS. fyrst; akin to Icel. fyrstr, Sw. & Dan. f["o]rste, OHG. furist, G. f["u]rst prince; a superlatiye form of E. for, fore. See {For}, {Fore}, and cf. {Formeer}, {Foremost}.] 1. Preceding all others of a series or kind; the ordinal of one; earliest; as, the first day of a month; the first year of a reign. [1913 Webster]

2. Foremost; in front of, or in advance of, all others. [1913 Webster]

3. Most eminent or exalted; most excellent; chief; highest; as, Demosthenes was the first orator of Greece. [1913 Webster]

{At first blush}. See under {Blush}.

{At first hand}, from the first or original source; without the intervention of any agent. [1913 Webster]

It is the intention of the person to reveal it at first hand, by way of mouth, to yourself. --Dickens.

{First coat} (Plastering), the solid foundation of coarse stuff, on which the rest is placed; it is thick, and crossed with lines, so as to give a bond for the next coat.

{First day}, Sunday; -- so called by the Friends.

{First floor}. (a) The ground floor. [U.S.] (b) The floor next above the ground floor. [Eng.]

{First fruit} or {First fruits}. (a) The fruits of the season earliest gathered. (b) (Feudal Law) One year's profits of lands belonging to the king on the death of a tenant who held directly from him. (c) (Eng. Eccl. Law) The first year's whole profits of a benefice or spiritual living. (d) The earliest effects or results. [1913 Webster]

See, Father, what first fruits on earth are sprung From thy implanted grace in man! --Milton.

{First mate}, an officer in a merchant vessel next in rank to the captain.

{First name}, same as {Christian name}. See under {Name}, n.

{First officer} (Naut.), in the merchant service, same as {First mate} (above).

{First sergeant} (Mil.), the ranking non-commissioned officer in a company; the orderly sergeant. --Farrow.

{First watch} (Naut.), the watch from eight to twelve at midnight; also, the men on duty during that time.

{First water}, the highest quality or purest luster; -- said of gems, especially of diamond and pearls.

Syn: Primary; primordial; primitive; primeval; pristine; highest; chief; principal; foremost. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • first floor — n 1.) the first floor BrE the floor of a building just above the one at the bottom level →↑ground floor ▪ a flat on the first floor 2.) the first floor AmE the floor of a building at the bottom level ▪ Fire broke out on the first floor of the… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • first floor — first floors 1) N COUNT: usu the N in sing The first floor of a building is the floor immediately above the one at ground level. [BRIT] (in AM, use second floor) 2) N COUNT: usu the N in sing The first floor of a building is the one at ground… …   English dictionary

  • first floor — first′ floor′ n. 1) bui the ground floor of a building 2) bui Chiefly Brit. the floor next above the ground floor of a building • Etymology: 1655–65 …   From formal English to slang

  • first-floor — ˌfirst ˈfloor ; adjective only before noun • a first floor flat/apartment Main entry: ↑first floorderived …   Useful english dictionary

  • first floor — n. 1. the ground floor of a building 2. chiefly in Europe and Great Britain, the floor above this …   English World dictionary

  • first floor — ground ground (ground), n. [OE. ground, grund, AS. grund; akin to D. grond, OS., G., Sw., & Dan. grund, Icel. grunnr bottom, Goth. grundus (in composition); perh. orig. meaning, dust, gravel, and if so perh. akin to E. grind.] 1. The surface of… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • first floor — Second Sec ond, a. [F., fr. L. secundus second, properly, following, fr. sequi to follow. See {Sue} to follow, and cf. {Secund}.] 1. Immediately following the first; next to the first in order of place or time; hence, occurring again; another;… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • first-floor — adj. First floor is used with these nouns: ↑apartment, ↑bedroom, ↑flat, ↑gallery, ↑landing, ↑room, ↑window …   Collocations dictionary

  • first floor — noun a) The floor of a building at the level of the street or surrounding ground; the ground floor b) The floor of a building one above the ground floor …   Wiktionary

  • first floor — noun (C) 1 BrE the floor of a building just above the one at the bottom level 2 AmE the floor of a building at the bottom level compare ground floor (1), see floor 1 …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

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