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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.
Beth Parker, 37, achieved a first-class honours degree in primary education from Durham University.
Among the successful students is Debbie Williams, from Colwyn Bay, who gained a first-class honours degree and is now working at Ysbyty Glan Clwyd.
James also has a first-class honours degree in industrial design, and in his spare time enjoys mountain biking, skiing and snowboarding.
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.
Ms Anderson - who has a first-class honours degree - said she supported the schools chief but has a keen interest in education.
Irina Khirivskaya, now 22, gained a first-class honours degree in modern history after completing four years at Oxford this summer.
Recognising his academic promise from an early age, he went on to Cardiff University, where he achieved a first-class honours degree in metalogy.
Antoni is pictured on the left A STUDENT who achieved a first-class honours degree is the first person to win a new award at Huddersfield University.