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.]
2. To move suddenly, as with a spring or leap, from surprise,
pain, or other sudden feeling or emotion, or by a
And maketh him out of his sleep to start. --Chaucer.
I start as from some dreadful dream. --Dryden.
Keep your soul to the work when ready to start
aside. --I. Watts.
But if he start,
It is the flesh of a corrupted heart. --Shak.
3. To set out; to commence a course, as a race or journey; to
begin; as, to start in business.
At once they start, advancing in a line. --Dryden.
At intervals some bird from out the brakes
Starts into voice a moment, then is still. --Byron.
4. To become somewhat displaced or loosened; as, a rivet or a
seam may start under strain or pressure.
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.