Start 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.
Upon malicious bravery dost thou come
To start my quiet? --Shak.
Brutus will start a spirit as soon as Caesar. --Shak.
2. To bring into being or into view; to originate; to invent.
Sensual men agree in the pursuit of every pleasure they can start. --Sir W. Temple.
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.
I was engaged in conversation upon a subject which the people love to start in discourse. --Addison.
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.
One, by a fall in wrestling, started the end of the clavicle from the sternum. --Wiseman.
5. Naut. To pour out; to empty; to tap and begin drawing from; as, to start a water cask.
start v. i. [imp. & p. p. started; p. pr. & vb. n. starting.]
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 voluntary act.
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.
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.
The fright awakened Arcite with a start. --Dryden.
2. A convulsive motion, twitch, or spasm; a spasmodic effort.
For she did speak in starts distractedly. --Shak.
Nature does nothing by starts and leaps, or in a hurry. --L'Estrange.
3. A sudden, unexpected movement; a sudden and capricious impulse; a sally; as, starts of fancy.
To check the starts and sallies of the soul. --Addison.
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.
The start of first performance is all. --Bacon.
I see you stand like greyhounds in the slips,
Straining upon the start. --Shak.
At a start, at once; in an instant. [Obs.]
At a start he was betwixt them two. --Chaucer.
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.
1. A tail, or anything projecting like a tail.
2. The handle, or tail, of a plow; also, any long handle. [Prov. Eng.]
3. The curved or inclined front and bottom of a water-wheel bucket.
4. Mining The arm, or lever, of a gin, drawn around by a horse.
n 1: the beginning of anything; "it was off to a good start"
2: 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" [syn: beginning, commencement, first, outset,
get-go, kickoff, starting time, showtime, offset]
[ant: middle, end]
3: 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" [syn: starting]
4: a sudden involuntary movement; "he awoke with a start" [syn:
5: the act of starting something; "he was responsible for the
beginning of negotiations" [syn: beginning, commencement]
6: a line indicating the location of the start of a race or a
game [syn: starting line]
7: a signal to begin (as in a race); "the starting signal was a
green light"; "the runners awaited the start" [syn: starting
8: advantage gained by an early start as in a race; "with an
hour's start he will be hard to catch" [syn: head start]
v 1: 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" [syn: get down, begin, get,
start out, set about, set out, commence] [ant: end]
2: 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" [syn: begin, lead off, commence]
3: leave; "The family took off for Florida" [syn: depart, part,
start out, set forth, set off, set out, take off]
4: 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" [syn: begin] [ant: end]
5: bring into being; "He initiated a new program"; "Start a
foundation" [syn: originate, initiate]
6: 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" [syn: start
up, embark on, commence]
7: move or jump suddenly, as if in surprise or alarm; "She
startled when I walked into the room" [syn: startle, jump]
8: get going or set in motion; "We simply could not start the
engine"; "start up the computer" [syn: start up] [ant: stop]
9: begin or set in motion; "I start at eight in the morning";
"Ready, set, go!" [syn: go, get going] [ant: stop]
10: begin work or acting in a certain capacity, office or job;
"Take up a position"; "start a new job" [syn: take up]
11: play in the starting line-up
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" [syn: begin]
13: 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" [syn: begin]