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Earl Russell
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Earless
earless lizard
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earliest anticipated launch time
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early morel

earliest definitions

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

adj
1: (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, earliest] adv
1: with the least delay; "the soonest I can arrive is 3 P.M." [syn: soonest, earliest]

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Early Ear"ly, a. [Compar. Earlier ([~e]r"l[i^]*[~e]r); superl. Earliest.] [OE. earlich. [root]204. See Early, adv.] 1. In advance of the usual or appointed time; in good season; prior in time; among or near the first; -- opposed to late; as, the early bird; an early spring; early fruit. Early and provident fear is the mother of safety. --Burke. The doorsteps and threshold with the early grass springing up about them. --Hawthorne. 2. Coming in the first part of a period of time, or among the first of successive acts, events, etc. Seen in life's early morning sky. --Keble. The forms of its earlier manhood. --Longfellow. The earliest poem he composed was in his seventeenth summer. --J. C. Shairp. Early English (Philol.) See the Note under English. Early English architecture, the first of the pointed or Gothic styles used in England, succeeding the Norman style in the 12th and 13th centuries. Syn: Forward; timely; not late; seasonable.

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

1. Earliest is the superlative of early. 2. At the earliest means not before the date or time mentioned. The first official results are not expected until Tuesday at the earliest. PHRASE: cl PHR



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