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Definitions of start

  1. set in motion, cause to start; " The U. S. started a war in the Middle East"; " The Iraqis began hostilities"; " begin a new chapter in your life"
  2. begin an event that is implied and limited by the nature or inherent function of the direct object; " begin a cigar"; " She started the soup while it was still hot"; " We started physics in 10th grade"
  3. 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"
  4. 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"
  5. the time at which something begins; " They got an early start"
  6. the act of starting something; " he was responsible for the beginning of negotiations"
  7. leave; " The family took off for Florida"
  8. get off the ground; " Who started this company?"; " We embarked on an exciting enterprise"; " I start my day with a good breakfast"; " We began the new semester"; " The afternoon session begins at 4 PM"; " The blood shed started when the partisans launched a surprise attack"
  9. begin or set in motion; " I start at eight in the morning"; " Ready, set, go!"
  10. advantage gained by an early start as in a race; " with an hour's start he will be hard to catch"
  11. bring into being; " He initiated a new program"; " Start a foundation"
  12. a sudden involuntary movement; " he awoke with a start"
  13. a turn to be a starter ( in a game at the beginning); " he got his start because one of the regular pitchers was in the hospital"; " his starting meant that the coach thought he was one of their best linemen"
  14. a signal to begin ( as in a race); " the starting signal was a green light"; " the runners awaited the start"
  15. the beginning of anything; " it was off to a good start"
  16. play in the starting line- up, in team sports
  17. move or jump suddenly, as if in surprise or alarm; " She startled when I walked into the room"
  18. begin work or acting in a certain capacity, office or job; " Take up a position"; " start a new job"
  19. a line indicating the location of the start of a race or a game
  20. the time at which something is supposed to begin; " they got an early start"; " she knew from the get- go that he was the man for her"
  21. take the first step or steps in carrying out an action; " We began working at dawn"; " Who will start?"; " Get working as soon as the sun rises!"; " The first tourists began to arrive in Cambodia"; " He began early in the day"; " Let's get down to work now"
  22. play in the starting line- up
  23. get going or set in motion; " We simply could not start the engine"; " start up the computer"
  24. A beginning.
  25. To leap; to jump.
  26. To move suddenly, as with a spring or leap, from surprise, pain, or other sudden feeling or emotion, or by a voluntary act.
  27. To set out; to commence a course, as a race or journey; to begin; as, to start business.
  28. To become somewhat displaced or loosened; as, a rivet or a seam may start under strain or pressure.
  29. 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.
  30. To bring onto being or into view; to originate; to invent.
  31. 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.
  32. 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.
  33. To pour out; to empty; to tap and begin drawing from; as, to start a water cask.
  34. 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.
  35. A convulsive motion, twitch, or spasm; a spasmodic effort.
  36. A sudden, unexpected movement; a sudden and capricious impulse; a sally; as, starts of fancy.
  37. 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.
  38. A tail, or anything projecting like a tail.
  39. The handle, or tail, of a plow; also, any long handle.
  40. The curved or inclined front and bottom of a water- wheel bucket.
  41. The arm, or level, of a gin, drawn around by a horse.
  42. 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.
  43. 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.
  44. 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.
  45. Starter.
  46. To move suddenly aside: to wince: to deviate: to begin.
  47. 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.
  48. 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.
  49. A sudden movement; spring; beginning of motion; outset.
  50. To cause to start; rouse; set in motion; originate; loosen.
  51. To move suddenly; spring; beging.
  52. To set in motion or action; rouse; stir.
  53. To originate; begin.
  54. To call forth; evoke.
  55. To make a startled movement.
  56. To set out; begin.
  57. To become loose.
  58. A quick, startled movement.
  59. Distance in advance.
  60. 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.
  61. To alarm; to startle; to rouse suddenly from concealment; to raise; to invent; to move suddenly from its place; to empty.
  62. 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.
  63. 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.
  64. 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.
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Usage examples for start

  1. I've watched your work from the start. – The U.P. Trail by Zane Grey
  2. " Wait until I have gone," said Lord Cloverton, " and then start. – Princess Maritza by Percy Brebner
  3. But before we start let me tell you one thing, Dick! – The Obstacle Race by Ethel M. Dell
  4. And now, are you ready to start? – The Heath Hover Mystery by Bertram Mitford
  5. Digby is to bring Reginald home to luncheon, and we are to start at two o'clock. – Salome by Emma Marshall
  6. " I should like to start at once, sir," said Jack. – Jack Haydon's Quest by John Finnemore
  7. You shall start first. – Two Poets Lost Illusions Part I by Honore de Balzac
  8. When would you like to start- to- morrow? – Lover or Friend by Rosa Nouchette Carey
  9. You'll start on them. – The Wrong Twin by Harry Leon Wilson
  10. I asked why you did not start yesterday? – Who Goes There? by Blackwood Ketcham Benson
  11. However, we have got a good start. – By Pike and Dyke: A Tale of the Rise of the Dutch Republic by G.A. Henty
  12. So by all means let us start to- morrow morning. – The Treasure of the Incas by G. A. Henty
  13. One seemed to get a start of the other two. – On the Pampas by G. A. Henty
  14. Do you start this evening. – Blind Love by Wilkie Collins
  15. Mr. Shrimplin turned with a start. – The Just and the Unjust by Vaughan Kester
  16. Are they going to start it soon? – A Crooked Mile by Oliver Onions
  17. And we would start in. – The Harbor by Ernest Poole
  18. I'll start right back for New Orleans. – A Daughter of the Union by Lucy Foster Madison
  19. Now as soon as we find out where he's going, we'll start something ... – Triplanetary by Edward Elmer Smith
  20. It will be better to start in the morning. – Atlantida by Pierre Benoit
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