1. [ noun ] (physics,transportation) an electric motor for starting an engine
Synonyms: starting_motor starter_motor
Related terms: electric_motor self-starter kick_starter electrical_system
2. [ noun ] (sport) the official who signals the beginning of a race or competition
Synonyms: dispatcher
Related terms: official
3. [ noun ] any new participant in some activity
Synonyms: newcomer freshman fledgling neophyte entrant newbie fledgeling
Related terms: novice recruit originate
4. [ noun ] (sport,games) a contestant who is in the game at the beginning
Related terms: contestant starting_pitcher
5. [ noun ] (food) food or drink to stimulate the appetite (usually served before a meal or as the first course)
Synonyms: appetiser appetizer
Related terms: course cocktail canape hors_d'oeuvre crudites apertif antipasto
6. [ noun ] (chemistry) 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"

Related terms: culture
7. [ noun ] a hand tool consisting of a rotating shaft with parallel handle
Synonyms: crank
Related terms: hand_tool crank_handle crank
Similar spelling:   start