first arrival

first arrival

[¦fərst ə′rī·vəl]
(engineering)
In exploration refraction seismology, the first seismic event recorded on a seismogram; it is noteworthy in that only first arrivals are considered in this usage.
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I opine, that it is plainly traceable to the first arrival of the Greenland whaling ships in London, more than two centuries ago.
Thwackum, at his first arrival, was extremely agreeable to Allworthy; and indeed he perfectly answered the character which had been given of him.
Bloomfield; as well as the greatest number of words I ever exchanged with her at one time, since the day of my first arrival.
When I had got out of danger, I stopped awhile to pick out the arrows that stuck in my hands and face; and rubbed on some of the same ointment that was given me at my first arrival, as I have formerly mentioned.
Captain Marryatt writes: "I do not know a spot on the globe which so much astonishes and delights upon first arrival as Madeira.
That room, in which her disturbed imagination had tormented her on her first arrival, was again the scene of agitated spirits and unquiet slumbers.
At Amherstberg they found the missionary with whom George and Eliza had taken shelter, on their first arrival in Canada; and through him were enabled to trace the family to Montreal.
Since his first arrival at Paris, he had had constant occasion to honor this excellent man, whom he had always found worthy, loyal, and great.
Isabella sent quite as good an account of her visitor as could be expected; on her first arrival she had thought her out of spirits, which appeared perfectly natural, as there was a dentist to be consulted; but, since that business had been over, she did not appear to find Harriet different from what she had known her before.
Elizabeth had been a good deal disappointed in not finding a letter from Jane on their first arrival at Lambton; and this disappointment had been renewed on each of the mornings that had now been spent there; but on the third her repining was over, and her sister justified, by the receipt of two letters from her at once, on one of which was marked that it had been missent elsewhere.
On the evening of my first arrival, four months ago, I remember that she was sitting and holding an animated conversation with De Griers in the salon.
Hundreds of Frenchmen come to see me on their first arrival in England.

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