• (adv): With the least delay.
    Synonyms: soonest
    See also — Additional definitions below

Some articles on earliest:

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Timeline Of Numerals And Arithmetic - Before 2000 BC
20,000 BC — Nile Valley, Ishango Bone suggested as the earliest reference to prime numbers and Egyptian multiplication although this is disputed. 3100 BC — Egypt, earliest known decimal system allows indefinite counting by way of introducing new symbols ... Indus Valley Civilization on the Indian subcontinent, earliest use of decimal ratios in a uniform system of ancient weights and measures, the smallest unit of measurement used ...
Trapunto Quilting - Earliest
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Self-portraits - European Art
... by the Parler family in Prague Cathedral include self-portraits, and are among the earliest such busts of non-royal figures ... Notably, the earliest self-portrait painted in England, other than in a manuscript, is the miniature painted in oils on panel by the German artist Gerlach Flicke, 1554 ... Gallery, generally regarded as a self-portrait, which would make it the earliest Western panel portrait after antiquity Rogier van der Weyden, as ...
Late Antique Literature
... Literature from the Iron Age includes the earliest texts which have been preserved in a manuscript tradition (as opposed to texts which have been recovered by archaeologists), including the Avestan Gathas (see ... dating the Bible), and the earliest literature from Ancient Greece ... Although the earliest Classics were in Ancient Greek, from the 3rd century BC Greek literature was joined by Latin literature ...

More definitions of "earliest":

  • (adj): (comparative and superlative of 'early') more early than; most early.
    Example: "Verdi's earliest and most raucous opera"
    Synonyms: earlier

Famous quotes containing the word earliest:

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    From the earliest times the old have rubbed it into the young that they are wiser than they, and before the young had discovered what nonsense this was they were old too, and it profited them to carry on the imposture.
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