Initial; leading; chief; preceding all others of the same kind or class insequence, (numerical or chronological;) entitled to priority or preference above others.Redman v. Railroad Co., 33 N. J. Eq. 105; Thompson v. Grand Gulf R. & B. Co., 3 How.(Miss.) 247, 34 Am. Dec. 81; Hapgood v. Brown, 102 Mass. 452.