- The definition of a start is the beginning or first part of something.
An example of start is the beginning of a novel.
- Start is defined as to begin, set out to appear or to move suddenly.
- An example of start is to begin work on a long research project.
- An example of start is how you might wake up when you are surprised and jerk when awakened.
- to make a sudden, involuntary or unexpected movement, as when surprised; jump, leap, jerk, etc. in a startled way
- to be displaced; become loose, warped, etc.
- to stick out or seem to stick out: eyes starting in fear
- to begin to do something or go somewhere; go into action or motion
- to make or have a beginning; commence
- to be among the beginning entrants, as in a race; be a starter
- to spring into being, activity, view, or the like
Origin of startMiddle English sterten from Old English styrtan and Old Norse sterta, akin to German stürzen, to overthrow from Indo-European an unverified form sterd- from base an unverified form (s)ter-, stiff, walk stiffly from source stare, starve, stork
- to cause to jump or move suddenly; rouse or flush (game)
- to displace, loosen, warp, etc.
- to enter upon; begin to perform, play, do, etc.
- to cause or enable to begin; set into motion, action, or operation
- to introduce (a subject, topic, or discussion)
- to open and make the contents flow from (a receptacle); tap
- to give the starting signal for (a race) or to (the contestants in a race)
- to cause to be an entrant in a race, etc.
- to put (a player) into a game at the beginning
- to play in (a game) at the beginning: said of a player
- Now Chiefly Dial. to cause to start, or move involuntarily; startle
- a sudden, brief shock or fright; startled reaction
- a sudden, startled movement; jump, leap, jerk, etc.
- [pl.] sudden, usually brief bursts of activity: usually in the phrase by fits and starts
- a part that is loosened, warped, etc.
- a break or gap resulting from this
- a starting, or beginning; a getting into action or motion; commencement; specif., the fact of being part of the team that starts a game: a pitcher with 30 starts for the season
- a place where, or a time when, a beginning is made, as in a race; starting point: ahead from the start
- a lead or other advantage, as at the beginning of a race or contest
- a signal to begin, as in a race
- an opportunity of beginning or entering upon a career, etc.
- Archaic an outburst or fit, as of emotion, or a sally, as of wit
start a hare
- to start a journey
- to make a start on some course of action or procedure
- to rise up or stand suddenly, as in fright
- to come into being suddenly; spring up
- to cause (a motor, etc.) to begin running
verbstart·ed, start·ing, starts
- a. To begin a movement, activity, or undertaking: She started to dance. The dog started barking. Once we start in, we'll get a feel for the project.b. To move on the initial part of a journey: They started for the summit.
- a. To have a beginning; commence: The movie starts at nine.b. To come quickly into view, life, or activity; spring forth: The boy's tears started when the balloon popped.c. To have as an initial part or job: I started as an assistant.
- To move one's body or a part of it suddenly or involuntarily: started at the loud noise.
- Sports To be in the initial lineup of a game or race.
- To protrude or bulge: eyes that fairly started from their sockets in fear.
- To become loosened or disengaged.
- a. To take the first step in doing: We start work at dawn. See Synonyms at begin.b. To cause to come into being; make happen or originate: Bad wiring started the fire. The website started the rumor.c. To set into motion, operation, or activity: start an engine; a shot that started the race.
- To begin to attend: start school.
- To cause (someone) to have an initial position or role: The manager started him in marketing.
- Sports a. To play in the initial lineup of (a game).b. To put (a player) into the initial lineup of a game.c. To enter (a participant) into a race or game.
- To found; establish: start a business.
- To tend in an early stage of development: start seedlings.
- To rouse (game) from its hiding place or lair; flush.
- To cause to become displaced or loosened.
- a. An act of beginning; an initial effort: I made a start on keeping a journal.b. The beginning of a new construction project: an application for a building start.c. A result of an initial effort: What we did may not sound like much, but it's a start.
- A place or time of beginning: at the start of the decade.
- Sports a. A starting line for a race.b. A signal to begin a race.c. An instance of beginning a race: a sprinter who improved her start.d. An instance of being in the starting lineup for a game, especially as a pitcher: In five starts, he has three wins.
- A startled reaction or movement.
- A part that has become dislocated or loosened.
- A position of advantage over others, as in a race or an endeavor; a lead: Our rivals have a three-month start in research.
- An opportunity granted to pursue a career or course of action.
Origin of startMiddle English sterten to move or leap suddenly from Old English styrtan ; see ster-1 in Indo-European roots.
- The beginning of an activity.
- The movie was entertaining from start to finish.
- A sudden involuntary movement.
- He woke with a start.
- The beginning point of a race, a board game, etc.
- An appearance in a sports game from the beginning of the match.
- Jones has been a substitute before, but made his first start for the team last Sunday.
- A young plant germinated in a pot to be transplanted later.
From Middle English stert, from the verb sterten (“to start, startle"). See below.
(third-person singular simple present starts, present participle starting, simple past and past participle started)
- To begin, commence, initiate.
- (intransitive) To begin an activity.
- The rain started at 9:00.
- To startle or be startled; to move or be moved suddenly.
- (intransitive) To jerk suddenly in surprise.
- To move suddenly from its place or position; to displace or loosen; to dislocate.
- to start a bone; the storm started the bolts in the vessel
- (intransitive) To awaken suddenly.
- To disturb and cause to move suddenly; to startle; to alarm; to rouse; to cause to flee or fly.
- The hounds started a fox.
- (intransitive) To break away, to come loose.
- (nautical) To pour out; to empty; to tap and begin drawing from.
- to start a water cask
- In uses 1.1 and 1.2 this is a catenative verb that takes the infinitive (to) or the gerund (-ing) form. There is no change in meaning.
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From Middle English sterten (“to leap up suddenly, rush out"), from Old English styrtan (“to leap up, start"), from Proto-Germanic *sturtijanÄ… (“to startle, move, set in motion"), causative of *stirtanÄ… (“to leap, tumble"), from Proto-Indo-European *stere-, *strÄ“- (“to be strong, steady, rigid, fixed"). Cognate with Old Frisian stirta (“to fall down, tumble"), Middle Dutch sterten (Dutch storten, “to rush, fall, collapse"), Old High German sturzen (German stÃ¼rzen, “to hurl, plunge, turn upside down"), Old High German sterzan (“to be stiff, protrude"). More at stare.
- A tail, or anything projecting like a tail.
- A handle, especially that of a plough.
- The curved or inclined front and bottom of a water wheel bucket.
- The arm, or level, of a gin, drawn around by a horse.
Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster's Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
The verb start, with initial uppercase letter.