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Starter definitions

Webster's 1828 Dictionary

1. One that starts; one that shrinks from his purpose.
2. One that suddenly moves or suggests a question or an objection.
3. A dog that rouses game.

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

1: an electric motor for starting an engine [syn: starter, starter motor, starting motor]
2: a contestant in a team sport who is in the game at the beginning
3: the official who signals the beginning of a race or competition [syn: starter, dispatcher]
4: any new participant in some activity [syn: newcomer, fledgling, fledgeling, starter, neophyte, freshman, newbie, entrant]
5: food or drink to stimulate the appetite (usually served before a meal or as the first course) [syn: appetizer, appetiser, starter]
6: a hand tool consisting of a rotating shaft with parallel handle [syn: crank, starter]
7: a culture containing yeast or bacteria that is used to start the process of fermentation or souring in making butter or cheese or dough; "to make sourdough you need a starter"

Merriam Webster's

I. noun Date: 1622 1. a person who initiates or sets going: as a. an official who gives the signal to begin a race b. one who dispatches vehicles 2. a. one that engages in a competition; especially a member of a starting lineup b. one that begins to engage in an activity or process 3. one that causes something to begin operating: as a. a device for starting an engine; especially an electric motor used to start an internal combustion engine b. material containing microorganisms (as yeast) used to induce a desired fermentation 4. something that is the beginning of a process, activity, or series; especially appetizer II. adjective Date: 1946 of, relating to, or being an item acquired with the expectation that a more elaborate or sophisticated model will be acquired in the future <a starter home>

Oxford Reference Dictionary

n. 1 a person or thing that starts. 2 an esp. automatic device for starting the engine of a motor vehicle etc. 3 a person giving the signal for the start of a race. 4 a horse or competitor starting in a race (a list of probable starters). 5 the first course of a meal. 6 the initial action etc. Phrases and idioms: for starters sl. to start with. under starter's orders (of racehorses etc.) in a position to start a race and awaiting the starting-signal.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Starter Start"er, n. 1. One who, or that which, starts; as, a starter on a journey; the starter of a race. 2. A dog that rouses game.

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

(starters) 1. A starter is a small quantity of food that is served as the first course of a meal. (mainly BRIT; in AM, use appetizer) N-COUNT 2. The starter of a car is the device that starts the engine. N-COUNT 3. The starters in a race are the people or animals who take part at the beginning even if they do not finish. Of the 10 starters, four were eliminated or retired. N-COUNT: usu pl

1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue

One who leaves a jolly company, a milksop; he is no starter, he will sit longer than a hen.


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