starter definition by Webster's New World
Webster's New World College Dictionary Copyright © 2010 by Wiley Publishing, Inc., Cleveland, Ohio. Used by arrangement with John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
a person or thing that starts; specif.,
- the first in a series
- a person or animal that starts in a race or game
- a person who gives the signal to start, as in a race
- a person who supervises the departure of commercial trucks, buses, etc.
- any of various devices for initiating motion in an internal-combustion engine; specif., an electric motor briefly activated by the ignition switch and powered by the battery to turn the flywheel
- a device within a fluorescent lamp or other discharge lamp, for initiating high voltage across the electrodes
- a pure culture used to start fermentation of cream, etc.
- the first course of a meal; appetizer
- ☆ Baseball a pitcher who starts a game
starter definition by American Heritage Dictionary
The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th edition Copyright © 2010 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
- One that starts.
- An attachment for starting an internal-combustion engine without hand cranking. Also called self-starter.
- A device that initiates a flow of high voltage across the electrodes of a fluorescent lamp.
- Sports a. One who signals the start of a race.b. A participant that starts in a game or race.
- Baseball a. The first pitcher for a team in a game.b. A pitcher who regularly begins games for a team.
- The first in a series, especially the first course of a meal; an appetizer.
starter - Phrases/Idioms
Informal to begin with
To begin with; initially: “Deborah believes him, indicating, for starters, that she isn't the brightest” (Judith Crist).