First adv. Before any other person or thing in time, space, rank, etc.; -- much used in composition with adjectives and participles.
Adam was first formed, then Eve. --1 Tim. ii. 13.
At first, At the first, at the beginning or origin.
First or last, at one time or another; at the beginning or end.
And all are fools and lovers first or last. --Dryden.
adv : at the beginning; "at first he didn't notice anything
strange" [syn: initially, ab initio, at the start]