At first blush. See under Blush.At first hand, from the first or original source; without the intervention of any agent.

It is the intention of the person to reveal it at first hand, by way of mouth, to yourself.

3. (Old Astron.) The orb of the fixed stars; the most rmote of the celestial spheres.

(Fir`ma*men"tal) a. Pertaining to the firmament; celestial; being of the upper regions. Dryden.

(Fir"man) n.; pl. Firmans (#) or [Pers. ferman.] In Turkey and some other Oriental countries, a decree or mandate issued by the sovereign; a royal order or grant; — generally given for special objects, as to a traveler to insure him protection and assistance. [Written also firmaun.]

(Firm"er-chis"el) n. A chisel, thin in proportion to its width. It has a tang to enter the handle instead of a socket for receiving it. Knight.

(Firm"i*tude) n. [L. firmitudo. See Firm.] Strength; stability. [Obs.] Bp. Hall.

(Firm"i*ty) n. [L. firmitas.] Strength; firmness; stability. [Obs.] Chillingworth.

(Firm"less), a.

1. Detached from substance. [Obs.]

Does passion still the firmless mind control?

2. Infirm; unstable. "Firmless sands." Sylvester.

(Firm"ly), adv. In a firm manner.

(Firm"ness), n. The state or quality of being firm.

Syn.Firmness, Constancy. Firmness belongs to the will, and constancy to the affections and principles; the former prevents us from yielding, and the latter from fluctuating. Without firmness a man has no character; "without constancy," says Addison, "there is neither love, friendship, nor virtue in the world."

(Firms) n. pl. [From Firm, a.] (Arch.) The principal rafters of a roof, especially a pair of rafters taken together. [Obs.]

(Fir"ring) n. (Arch.) See Furring.

(Fir"ry) a. Made of fir; abounding in firs.

In firry woodlands making moan.

(First) a. [OE. first, furst, AS. fyrst; akin to Icel. fyrstr, Sw. & Dan. förste, OHG. furist, G. fürst prince; a superlatiye form of E. for, fore. See For, Fore, and cf. Formeer, Foremost.]

1. Preceding all others of a series or kind; the ordinal of one; earliest; as, the first day of a month; the first year of a reign.

2. Foremost; in front of, or in advance of, all others.

3. Most eminent or exalted; most excellent; chief; highest; as, Demosthenes was the first orator of Greece.

  By PanEris using Melati.

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