First-hand
First-hand First"-hand`, a. Obtained directly from the first or original source; hence, without the intervention of an agent; -- of information; as, a firsthand report; firsthand information; firsthand knowledge.

Syn: direct, original. [1913 Webster]

One sphere there is . . . where the apprehension of him is first-hand and direct; and that is the sphere of our own mind. --J. Martineau. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • first-hand — also first|hand [ˌfə:stˈhænd US ˌfə:rst ] adj [only before noun] first hand experience/knowledge/account etc experience etc that has been learned or gained by doing something yourself or by talking to someone yourself →↑second hand ▪ journalists… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • First hand — is obtained directly from the original source. The phrase may also refer to:* First Hand (album), the debut album released by Steven Curtis Chapman * First Hand Foundation, a non profit organisationee also* Second hand (disambiguation) * Third… …   Wikipedia

  • first-hand — ► ADJECTIVE & ADVERB ▪ from the original source or personal experience; direct: first hand knowledge. ● at first hand Cf. ↑at first hand …   English terms dictionary

  • first hand — first/second/third/hand phrase if you experience something first hand, you experience it yourself. If you experience something second hand or third hand, someone else tells you about it. Thesaurus: ways of describing involvement and… …   Useful english dictionary

  • first-hand — if you experience something first hand, you experience it yourself. I ve been a teacher for a long time, and have first hand experience of the way these students behave. (always before noun) …   New idioms dictionary

  • first|hand — «FURST HAND», adjective, adverb. from the original source; direct: »This is firsthand information (adj.). We got out information firsthand (adv.) …   Useful english dictionary

  • first hand — also first hand, firsthand 1) ADJ: ADJ n First hand information or experience is gained or learned directly, rather than from other people or from books. School trips give children firsthand experience not available in the classroom. ADV: ADV… …   English dictionary

  • first-hand — I first hand UK / US or firsthand UK [ˌfɜː(r)stˈhænd] / US [ˌfɜrstˈhænd] adjective a) obtained directly from someone who is involved in something first hand information b) gained by doing something yourself first hand experience II first hand UK… …   English dictionary

  • first-hand — adjective first hand experience/knowledge/account experience etc that has been learned or gained by doing something yourself: journalists with first hand experience of working in war zones compare second­hand, see also (at) first hand first (35) …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • first hand — if you experience something first hand, you experience it yourself. Many reporters based in the capital are experiencing the war first hand. It is difficult to appreciate the scale of the problem without seeing the effects of the famine at first… …   New idioms dictionary

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