1. the beginning of anything;
- Example: "it was off to a good start"
2. the time at which something is supposed to begin;
- Example: "they got an early start"
- Example: "she knew from the get-go that he was the man for her"
[syn: beginning, commencement, first, outset, get-go, start, kickoff, starting time, showtime, offset]
3. a turn to be a starter (in a game at the beginning);
- Example: "he got his start because one of the regular pitchers was in the hospital"
- Example: "his starting meant that the coach thought he was one of their best linemen"
[syn: start, starting]
4. a sudden involuntary movement;
- Example: "he awoke with a start"
[syn: startle, jump, start]
5. the act of starting something;
- Example: "he was responsible for the beginning of negotiations"
[syn: beginning, start, commencement]
6. a line indicating the location of the start of a race or a game;
[syn: start, starting line, scratch, scratch line]
7. a signal to begin (as in a race);
- Example: "the starting signal was a green light"
- Example: "the runners awaited the start"
[syn: starting signal, start]
8. the advantage gained by beginning early (as in a race);
- Example: "with an hour's start he will be hard to catch"
[syn: start, head start]
1. take the first step or steps in carrying out an action;
- Example: "We began working at dawn"
- Example: "Who will start?"
- Example: "Get working as soon as the sun rises!"
- Example: "The first tourists began to arrive in Cambodia"
- Example: "He began early in the day"
- Example: "Let's get down to work now"
[syn: get down, begin, get, start out, start, set about, set out, commence]
2. set in motion, cause to start;
- Example: "The U.S. started a war in the Middle East"
- Example: "The Iraqis began hostilities"
- Example: "begin a new chapter in your life"
[syn: begin, lead off, start, commence]
- Example: "The family took off for Florida"
[syn: depart, part, start, start out, set forth, set off, set out, take off]
4. have a beginning, in a temporal, spatial, or evaluative sense;
- Example: "The DMZ begins right over the hill"
- Example: "The second movement begins after the Allegro"
- Example: "Prices for these homes start at $250,000"
[syn: begin, start]
5. bring into being;
- Example: "He initiated a new program"
- Example: "Start a foundation"
[syn: originate, initiate, start]
6. get off the ground;
- Example: "Who started this company?"
- Example: "We embarked on an exciting enterprise"
- Example: "I start my day with a good breakfast"
- Example: "We began the new semester"
- Example: "The afternoon session begins at 4 PM"
- Example: "The blood shed started when the partisans launched a surprise attack"
[syn: start, start up, embark on, commence]
7. move or jump suddenly, as if in surprise or alarm;
- Example: "She startled when I walked into the room"
[syn: startle, jump, start]
8. get going or set in motion;
- Example: "We simply could not start the engine"
- Example: "start up the computer"
[syn: start, start up]
9. begin or set in motion;
- Example: "I start at eight in the morning"
- Example: "Ready, set, go!"
[syn: start, go, get going]
10. begin work or acting in a certain capacity, office or job;
- Example: "Take up a position"
- Example: "start a new job"
[syn: start, take up]
11. play in the starting lineup;
12. have a beginning characterized in some specified way;
- Example: "The novel begins with a murder"
- Example: "My property begins with the three maple trees"
- Example: "Her day begins with a workout"
- Example: "The semester begins with a convocation ceremony"
[syn: begin, start]
13. begin an event that is implied and limited by the nature or inherent function of the direct object;
- Example: "begin a cigar"
- Example: "She started the soup while it was still hot"
- Example: "We started physics in 10th grade"
[syn: begin, start]
14. bulge outward;
- Example: "His eyes popped"
[syn: start, protrude, pop, pop out, bulge, bulge out, bug out, come out]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
start \start\ (st[aum]rt), v. i. [imp. & p. p. started; p. pr. & vb. n. starting.] [OE. sterten; akin to D. storten to hurl, rush, fall, G. st["u]rzen, OHG. sturzen to turn over, to fall, Sw. st["o]rta to cast down, to fall, Dan. styrte, and probably also to E. start a tail; the original sense being, perhaps, to show the tail, to tumble over suddenly. [root]166. Cf. Start a tail.] 1. To leap; to jump. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] 2. To move suddenly, as with a spring or leap, from surprise, pain, or other sudden feeling or emotion, or by a voluntary act. [1913 Webster] And maketh him out of his sleep to start. --Chaucer. [1913 Webster] I start as from some dreadful dream. --Dryden. [1913 Webster] Keep your soul to the work when ready to start aside. --I. Watts. [1913 Webster] But if he start, It is the flesh of a corrupted heart. --Shak. [1913 Webster] 3. To set out; to commence a course, as a race or journey; to begin; as, to start in business. [1913 Webster] At once they start, advancing in a line. --Dryden. [1913 Webster] At intervals some bird from out the brakes Starts into voice a moment, then is still. --Byron. [1913 Webster] 4. To become somewhat displaced or loosened; as, a rivet or a seam may start under strain or pressure. [1913 Webster] To start after, to set out after; to follow; to pursue. To start against, to act as a rival candidate against. To start for, to be a candidate for, as an office. To start up, to rise suddenly, as from a seat or couch; to come suddenly into notice or importance. [1913 Webster]The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Start \Start\ (st[aum]rt), v. t. 1. To cause to move suddenly; to disturb suddenly; to startle; to alarm; to rouse; to cause to flee or fly; as, the hounds started a fox. [1913 Webster] Upon malicious bravery dost thou come To start my quiet? --Shak. [1913 Webster] Brutus will start a spirit as soon as Caesar. --Shak. [1913 Webster] 2. To bring into being or into view; to originate; to invent. [1913 Webster] Sensual men agree in the pursuit of every pleasure they can start. --Sir W. Temple. [1913 Webster] 3. To cause to move or act; to set going, running, or flowing; as, to start a railway train; to start a mill; to start a stream of water; to start a rumor; to start a business. [1913 Webster] I was engaged in conversation upon a subject which the people love to start in discourse. --Addison. [1913 Webster] 4. To move suddenly from its place or position; to displace or loosen; to dislocate; as, to start a bone; the storm started the bolts in the vessel. [1913 Webster] One, by a fall in wrestling, started the end of the clavicle from the sternum. --Wiseman. [1913 Webster] 5. [Perh. from D. storten, which has this meaning also.] (Naut.) To pour out; to empty; to tap and begin drawing from; as, to start a water cask. [1913 Webster]The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Start \Start\, n. 1. The act of starting; a sudden spring, leap, or motion, caused by surprise, fear, pain, or the like; any sudden motion, or beginning of motion. [1913 Webster] The fright awakened Arcite with a start. --Dryden. [1913 Webster] 2. A convulsive motion, twitch, or spasm; a spasmodic effort. [1913 Webster] For she did speak in starts distractedly. --Shak. [1913 Webster] Nature does nothing by starts and leaps, or in a hurry. --L'Estrange. [1913 Webster] 3. A sudden, unexpected movement; a sudden and capricious impulse; a sally; as, starts of fancy. [1913 Webster] To check the starts and sallies of the soul. --Addison. [1913 Webster] 4. The beginning, as of a journey or a course of action; first motion from a place; act of setting out; the outset; -- opposed to finish. [1913 Webster] The start of first performance is all. --Bacon. [1913 Webster] I see you stand like greyhounds in the slips, Straining upon the start. --Shak. [1913 Webster] At a start, at once; in an instant. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] At a start he was betwixt them two. --Chaucer. [1913 Webster] To get the start, or To have the start, to begin before another; to gain or have the advantage in a similar undertaking; -- usually with of. "Get the start of the majestic world." --Shak. "She might have forsaken him if he had not got the start of her." --Dryden. [1913 Webster]The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Start \Start\, n. [OE. stert a tail, AS. steort; akin to LG. stert, steert, D. staart, G. sterz, Icel. stertr, Dan. stiert, Sw. stjert. [root]166. Cf. Stark naked, under Stark, Start, v. i.] 1. A tail, or anything projecting like a tail. [1913 Webster] 2. The handle, or tail, of a plow; also, any long handle. [Prov. Eng.] [1913 Webster] 3. The curved or inclined front and bottom of a water-wheel bucket. [1913 Webster] 4. (Mining) The arm, or lever, of a gin, drawn around by a horse. [1913 Webster]The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
START \START\ (st[aum]rt), n. [From Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty.] A Treaty between the United States and the Soviet Union which provided for stepwise reductions in the number of nuclear weapons possessed by each country. [PJC]Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
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