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  • the act of starting something
  • "he was responsible for the beginning of negotiations"
  • 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"
  • a sudden involuntary movement
  • "he awoke with a start"
  • advantage gained by an early start as in a race
  • "with an hour''s start he will be hard to catch"
  • a signal to begin (as in a race)
  • "the starting signal was a green light"
  • "the runners awaited the start"
  • the beginning of anything
  • "it was off to a good start"
  • a line indicating the location of the start of a race or a game
  • 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"
  • 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"
  • 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"
  • play in the starting line-up
  • bring into being
  • "He initiated a new program"
  • "Start a foundation"
  • 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 su
  • get going or set in motion
  • "We simply could not start the engine"
  • "start up the computer"
  • begin or set in motion
  • "I start at eight in the morning"
  • "Ready, set, go!"
  • move or jump suddenly, as if in surprise or alarm
  • "She startled when I walked into the room"
  • leave
  • "The family took off for Florida"
  • begin work or acting in a certain capacity, office or job
  • "Take up a position"
  • "start a new job"
  • 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"
  • 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"
  • 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"
start
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
  • 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 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. 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 Cæsar." -- Shak.

    2. To bring onto 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. [Perh. from D. storten, which has this meaning also.] (Naut.) To pour out; to empty; to tap and begin drawing from; as, to start a water cask.

  • 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
    or have
    the start
    to 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 level, of a gin, drawn around by a horse.

 

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John Greenleaf Whittier
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