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Earliest Meaning and Definition from WordNet (r) 2.0
    earliest adj : (comparative and superlative of `early') more early than; most early; "a fashion popular in earlier times"; "his earlier work reflects the influence of his teacher"; "Verdi's earliest and most raucous opera" [syn: earlier] adv : with the least delay; "the soonest I can arrive is 3 P.M." [syn: soonest]
Earliest Meaning and Definition from WordNet (r) 2.0
    early adj
  1. at or near the beginning of a period of time or course of events or before the usual or expected time; "early morning"; "an early warning"; "early diagnosis"; "an early death"; "took early retirement"; "an early spring"; "early varieties of peas and tomatoes mature before most standard varieties" [ant: middle, late]
  2. being or occurring at an early stage of development; "in an early stage"; "early forms of life"; "early man"; "an early computer" [ant: late]
  3. of the distant past; "the early inhabitants of Europe"; "former generations"; "in other times" [syn: early(a), former(a), other(a)]
  4. very young; "at an early age"
  5. of an early stage in the development of a language or literature; "the Early Hebrew alphabetical script is that used mainly from the 11th to the 6th centuries B.C."; "Early Modern English is represented in documents printed from 1476 to 1700" [ant: middle, late]
  6. expected in the near future; "look for an early end to the negotiations" adv
  7. during an early stage; "early on in her career" [syn: early on}]
  8. before the usual time or the time expected; "she graduated early"; "the house was completed ahead of time" [syn: ahead of time, too soon] [ant: late]
  9. in good time; "he awoke betimes that morning" [syn: betimes] [also: earliest, earlier]
Earliest Meaning and Definition from WordNet (r) 2.0
    earliest See early
Earliest Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    Early \Ear"ly\, a. [Compar. Earlier ([~e]r"l[i^]*[~e]r);

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* When I hear music, I fear no danger. I am invulnerable. I see no foe. I am related to the earliest times, and to the latest. - Henry David Thoreau

* The true lover of learning then must his earliest youth, as far as in him lies, desire all truth. . .He whose desires are drawn toward knowledge in every form will be absorbed in the pleasures of the soul, and will hardly feel bodily pleasures- -I mean, if he be a true philosopher and not a sham one. . .Then how can he who has the magnificence of mind and is the spectator of all times and all existence, think much of human life He cannot. Or can such a one account death fearful No indeed. - Plato

* I have heard it said that the first ingredient of success - the earliest spark in the dreaming youth - is this dream a great dream. - John A. Appleman


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