starter meaning

[ 'stɑ:tə ] Pronunciation:   "starter" in a sentence
  • Noun: starter  staa(r)tu(r)
    1. An electric motor for starting an engine
      - starter motor, starting motor 
    2. A contestant in a team sport who is in the game at the beginning 
    3. The official who signals the beginning of a race or competition
      - dispatcher 
    4. Any new participant in some activity
      - newcomer, fledgling, fledgeling, neophyte, freshman [N. Amer], newbie, entrant, n00b [non-standard], noob [non-standard], newb [non-standard] 
    5. Food or drink to stimulate the appetite (usually served before a meal or as the first course)
      - appetizer, appetiser [Brit] 
    6. A hand tool consisting of a rotating shaft with parallel handle
      - crank 
    7. A culture containing yeast or bacteria that is used to start the process of fermentation or souring in making butter or cheese or dough
      "to make sourdough you need a starter"

    Derived forms: starters

    See also: start

    Type of: beginner, contestant, course, culture, electric motor, hand tool, initiate, novice, official, tiro, tyro

    Part of: electrical system

    Encyclopedia: Starter

  • [Architecture]

    A device used with a ballast to start an electric-discharge lamp.


    An electric controller for starting an electric motor, for bringing it up to normal speed, and for stopping it.


    One of a series of roofing shingles applied beneath the first course of shingles, with a slight overhang at the eaves.

  • [Electronics]
    1. An ignitor electrode in an ignitron (see IGNITOR).
    2. See STARTING BOX.

  • [Sports]
    The pitcher who begins a game and pitches until he wins the game or is replaced by a relief pitcher.


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  1. he gave a hard pull on the starter rope.
  2. what would you like as a starter?
  3. the principal methods of avoiding spoilage are the use of pure yeast strains as starters.
  4. he listened to the starter retching and retching, the racing of the engine, and then the slow decline to silence.
  5. have you thought about a starter course in eiementary crayons

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