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first

1. preceding all others in numbering or counting order; the ordinal number of one. Often written: 1st
2. denoting the lowest forward ratio of a gearbox in a motor vehicle
3. Music
a. denoting the highest part assigned to one of the voice parts in a chorus or one of the sections of an orchestra
b. denoting the principal player in a specific orchestral section
4. Education chiefly Brit an honours degree of the highest class
5. the lowest forward ratio of a gearbox in a motor vehicle; low gear
6. Music
a. the highest part in a particular section of a chorus or orchestra
b. the instrument or voice taking such a part
c. the chief or leading player in a section of an orchestra; principal
7. Music a rare word for prime

FIRST

Abbrev. for Far Infrared and Submillimeter Space Telescope. An orbiting telescope under design for ESA and at present scheduled for launch in 2007. It will be used primarily for interstellar spectroscopic studies. FIRST is at present considered to be a 4.5-meter radiatively cooled infrared (Cassegrain) telescope. It will feed two or three instruments working at wavelengths from about 100 μm to 1 mm and giving high spectral and angular resolution. A direct imaging Fabry–Perot interferometer (operating at 85–180 μm), a heterodyne detector (200–600 μm), and a multiband imaging bolometric system (70 μm up to maybe 1.2 mm) are under consideration; these will require active cooling. See also Horizon 2000.

FIRST

(Forum of Incident Response and Security Teams) Founded in 1990, FIRST coordinates the efforts of dozens of CERTs, mostly governmental, from around the world. See CERT.
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Ashley said: "I'm delighted to have been awarded a first-class honours degree. Seta played a huge part in helping me achieve this - and in launching my engineering career.
A WOMAN who beat drug addiction to get a first-class honours degree and a successful career took her own life after struggling to cope with the stress of moving home, changing jobs and a love split.
The 20-year-old Skelmanthorpe advertising and marketing student graduated with a first-class honours degree at Lancaster University last month.
Thank you for a nice story in our Telegraph and congratulations to Kate on her successful "double-act" - giving birth to baby Grace and earning a first-class honours degree.
A mum-of-three is also looking forward to a career in teaching after securing a first-class honours degree on her return to education.
James also has a first-class honours degree in industrial design, and in his spare time enjoys mountain biking, skiing and snowboarding.
Ryan Houghton has represented the George Street and Harbour ward on the city council for the last two years and yesterday he received a first-class honours degree in politics and international relations.
A straight-A student taking medicine at Oxford is 10-3 to graduate with a first-class honours degree, while one reading media studies at Leeds who achieved three Bs at A-level is 5-1 to serve up a first and about 1-5 to serve up fries.
"Henry is clearly an outstanding student and was awarded a first-class honours degree.
With a first-class honours degree in business management from the University of Chester and a masters in strategic entrepreneurship from the University of Southampton, he has a particular interest in small private sector businesses.
She graduated with a first-class honours degree in mathematics from St Andrews University then completed a PhD at Glasgow University.
Doubles specialist Fleming quit tennis in 2006 to complete a first-class honours degree in economics and finance and only returned to the sport six months ago.