start

[stahrt]
verb (used without object)
1.
to begin or set out, as on a journey or activity.
2.
to appear or come suddenly into action, life, view, etc.; rise or issue suddenly forth.
3.
to spring, move, or dart suddenly from a position or place: The rabbit started from the bush.
4.
to be among the entrants in a race or the initial participants in a game or contest.
5.
to give a sudden, involuntary jerk, jump, or twitch, as from a shock of surprise, alarm, or pain: The sudden clap of thunder caused everyone to start.
6.
to protrude: eyes seeming to start from their sockets.
7.
to spring, slip, or work loose from place or fastenings, as timbers or other structural parts.
verb (used with object)
8.
to set moving, going, or acting; to set in operation: to start an automobile; to start a fire.
9.
to establish or found: to start a new business.
10.
to begin work on: to start a book.
11.
to enable or help (someone) set out on a journey, a career, or the like: The record started the young singer on the road to stardom.
12.
to cause or choose to be an entrant in a game or contest: He started his ace pitcher in the crucial game.
13.
to cause (an object) to work loose from place or fastenings.
14.
to rouse (game) from its lair or covert; flush.
15.
to draw or discharge (liquid or other contents) from a vessel or container; empty (a container).
16.
Archaic. to cause to twitch, jump, or flinch involuntarily; startle.
noun
17.
a beginning of an action, journey, etc.
18.
a signal to move, proceed, or begin, as on a course or in a race.
19.
a place or time from which something begins.
20.
the first part or beginning segment of anything: The start of the book was good but the last half was dull.
21.
an instance of being a participant in a race or an initial participant in a game or contest: The horse won his first two starts.
22.
a sudden, springing movement from a position.
23.
a sudden, involuntary jerking movement of the body: to awake with a start.
24.
a lead or advance of specified amount, as over competitors or pursuers.
25.
the position or advantage of one who starts first: The youngest child should have the start over the rest.
26.
a chance, opportunity, aid, or encouragement given to one starting on a course or career: The bride's parents gave the couple a start by buying them a house.
27.
a spurt of activity.
28.
a starting of parts from their place or fastenings in a structure.
29.
the resulting break or opening.
30.
an outburst or sally, as of emotion, wit, or fancy.

Origin:
before 1150; (v.) Middle English sterten to rush out, leap (cognate with Middle High German sterzen); replacing Old English styrtan (attested once), cognate with German stürzen; (noun) Middle English stert(e) sudden jerk, leap, derivative of the v.

misstart, verb
nonstarting, adjective
restart, verb, noun
unstarted, adjective
unstarting, adjective


9. institute. 10. See begin. 17. commencement, onset. 23. twitch, jump.


10. end, terminate.
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START

[stahrt]
noun
Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty.
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start (stɑːt)
 
vb (when intr, sometimes foll by on)
1.  to begin or cause to begin (something or to do something); come or cause to come into being, operation, etc: he started a quarrel; they started to work
2.  to make or cause to make a beginning of (a process, series of actions, etc): they started on the project
3.  (sometimes foll by up) to set or be set in motion: he started up the machine
4.  (intr) to make a sudden involuntary movement of one's body, from or as if from fright; jump
5.  (intr; sometimes foll by up, away, etc) to spring or jump suddenly from a position or place
6.  to establish or be established; set up: to start a business
7.  (tr) to support (someone) in the first part of a venture, career, etc
8.  to work or cause to work loose
9.  to enter or be entered in a race
10.  (intr) to flow violently from a source: wine started from a hole in the cask
11.  (tr) to rouse (game) from a hiding place, lair, etc
12.  (intr) (esp of eyes) to bulge; pop
13.  an archaic word for startle
14.  informal (Brit) (intr) to commence quarrelling or causing a disturbance
15.  to start with in the first place
 
n
16.  the first or first part of a series of actions or operations, a journey, etc
17.  the place or time of starting, as of a race or performance
18.  a signal to proceed, as in a race
19.  a lead or advantage, either in time or distance and usually of specified extent, in a competitive activity: he had an hour's start on me
20.  a slight involuntary movement of the body, as through fright, surprise, etc: she gave a start as I entered
21.  an opportunity to enter a career, undertake a project, etc
22.  informal a surprising incident
23.  a part that has come loose or been disengaged
24.  by fits and starts spasmodically; without concerted effort
25.  for a start in the first place
 
[Old English styrtan; related to Old Norse sterta to crease, Old High German sturzen to rush]

START (stɑːt)
 
n acronym for
Strategic Arms Reduction Talks

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Word Origin & History

start
O.E. *steortian, *stiertan, Kentish variants of styrtan "to leap up" (related to starian "to stare"), from P.Gmc. *sturtjan- (cf. O.Fris. stirta "to fall, tumble," M.Du. sterten, Du. storten "to rush, fall," O.H.G. sturzen, Ger. stürzen "to hurl, throw, plunge"), of unknown origin. From "move or
spring suddenly," sense evolved by late 14c. to "awaken suddenly, flinch or recoil in alarm," and 1660s to "cause to begin acting or operating." Meaning "begin to move, leave, depart" is from 1821. The connection is probably from sporting senses ("to force an animal from its lair," late 14c.). To start something "cause trouble" is 1917, Amer.Eng. colloquial. For starters "to begin with" is 1873, Amer.Eng. colloquial. Starter home is from 1976; starter set is from 1946, originally of china. Starting block first recorded 1937.

start
late 14c., "a sudden movement," from start (v.); meaning "act of beginning to build a house" is from 1946. That of "opportunity at the beginning of a career or course of action" is from 1849. False start first attested 1850.
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Abbreviations & Acronyms
START
strategic arms reduction talks
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Idioms & Phrases

start

In addition to the idioms beginning with start, also see false start; fits and starts; for openers (starters); (start) from scratch; from soup to nuts (start to finish); get off the ground (to a flying start); head start; running start; to start with.

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Example sentences for start
When you start working on the sound, keep working until it feels correct.
They manage to subdue the tick and start to perform the experiments on him.
A player begins by placing a card faceup to start a central pile.
The allemande was played at a moderate tempo and could start on any beat of the
  bar.
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