Definitions of start

  1. To move suddenly, as it by a twitch or an involuntary shrinking; to move, as with a spring or leap; to shrink; to wince; to move suddenly aside; to move out of place; to set out; to commence.
  2. To originate action in, or set going; as, to start a clock; rouse suddenly from concealment; as, to start a hare; originate or begin; as, to start a quarrel; to draw from a cask or draw the contents from.
  3. To cause to move suddenly: to disturb suddenly: to rouse suddenly from concealment: to set in motion: to call forth: to invent or discover: to move suddenly from its place: to loosen: to empty: to pour out.
  4. To cause to start; rouse; set in motion; originate; loosen.
  5. To set in motion or action; rouse; stir.
  6. To originate; begin.
  7. To call forth; evoke.
  8. To move suddenly and quickly; spring; leap; bound; to make a startled movement or spring, as from surprise, etc.; set out; as, to start on a journey; begin a race, career, etc.; as, to start in business; become loosened.
  9. To move suddenly aside: to wince: to deviate: to begin.
  10. To move suddenly; spring; beging.
  11. have a beginning, in a temporal, spatial, or evaluative sense; " The DMZ begins right over the hill"; " The second movement begins after the Allegro"; " Prices for these homes start at $ 250, 000"
  12. have a beginning characterized in some specified way; " The novel begins with a murder"; " My property begins with the three maple trees"; " Her day begins with a work- out"; " The semester begins with a convocation ceremony"
  13. begin or set in motion; " I start at eight in the morning"; " Ready, set, go!"
  14. play in the starting line- up, in team sports
  15. move or jump suddenly, as if in surprise or alarm; " She startled when I walked into the room"
  16. begin work or acting in a certain capacity, office or job; " Take up a position"; " start a new job"
  17. To make a startled movement.
  18. To set out; begin.
  19. To become loose.
  20. To alarm; to startle; to rouse suddenly from concealment; to raise; to invent; to move suddenly from its place; to empty.
  21. To disturb suddenly, as by fear or ill news; to bring or put into motion; to move suddenly; to shift from its place; to set out; to commence; to bring into view or notice.
  22. the time at which something begins; " They got an early start"
  23. advantage gained by an early start as in a race; " with an hour's start he will be hard to catch"
  24. the beginning of anything; " it was off to a good start"
  25. a line indicating the location of the start of a race or a game
  26. play in the starting line- up
  27. To leap; to jump.
  28. To move suddenly, as with a spring or leap, from surprise, pain, or other sudden feeling or emotion, or by a voluntary act.
  29. To set out; to commence a course, as a race or journey; to begin; as, to start business.
  30. To become somewhat displaced or loosened; as, a rivet or a seam may start under strain or pressure.
  31. To bring onto being or into view; to originate; to invent.
  32. 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.
  33. 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.
  34. To pour out; to empty; to tap and begin drawing from; as, to start a water cask.
  35. 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.
  36. A convulsive motion, twitch, or spasm; a spasmodic effort.
  37. A sudden, unexpected movement; a sudden and capricious impulse; a sally; as, starts of fancy.
  38. 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.
  39. A tail, or anything projecting like a tail.
  40. The handle, or tail, of a plow; also, any long handle.
  41. The curved or inclined front and bottom of a water- wheel bucket.
  42. The arm, or level, of a gin, drawn around by a horse.
  43. A sudden motion or twitch, as of pain, joy, etc.; a quick spring; a going forth; as, an early start; outset; as, get it right at the start; a beginning; as, a start in business; lead; as, he had the start of them.
  44. Starter.
  45. A sudden movement: a sudden motion of the body: a sudden rousing to motion: an unexpected movement: a sally: a sudden fit: a quick spring: the first motion from a point or place: the outset.
  46. A sudden movement; spring; beginning of motion; outset.
  47. A quick, startled movement.
  48. Distance in advance.
  49. A sudden motion or twitch from alarm, & c.; a spring; excitement; a sally; a sudden fit; a quick spring; a darting; act of setting out. To get the start, to begin before another.
  50. A sudden and momentary twitching motion of the body; a sudden motion of the body caused by fear; a sudden rousing to action; a sudden fit; a quick spring; first motion from a place; act of setting out; advantage in the outset.