• WordNet 3.6
    • n self-starter an electric starting motor that automatically starts an internal-combustion engine
    • n self-starter an energetic person with unusual initiative
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The electric automobile self-starter was invented to make it possible for women to drive without a companion, who was previously needed to crank the engine.
    • n Self-starter A mechanism (usually one operated by electricity, compressed air, a spring, or an explosive gas), attached to an internal-combustion engine, as on an automobile, and used as a means of starting the engine without cranking it by hand; -- called also a starter.
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In literature:

On the level Bud went into neutral and pressed the self-starter with a pessimistic deliberation.
"Cabin Fever" by B. M. Bower
The paper was put away at once, and with a whirr from the self-starter the motor throbbed.
"The Golf Course Mystery" by Chester K. Steele
Now to see if the self-starter will work!
"Dick Hamilton's Airship" by Howard R. Garis
When I came out my car refused to go; the self-starter appears to have gone on a strike.
"Shavings" by Joseph C. Lincoln
A moment later I was out in God's air, fumbling with a fevered foot at the self-starter of the old car.
"Right Ho, Jeeves" by P. G. Wodehouse
The self-starter was a want at first; but now it is a need, and, therefore, a necessity.
"The Vitalized School" by Francis B. Pearson
The last won't bother you though, for it has a self-starter on and a gear clutch.
"The Moving Picture Girls at Sea" by Laura Lee Hope
I just recalled an advertisement I had read about self-starters.
"The Outdoor Girls in a Motor Car" by Laura Lee Hope
He sat up, and his foot reached for the self-starter.
"Mr. Grex of Monte Carlo" by E. Phillips Oppenheim
Billie trod on the self-starter.
"The Girl on the Boat" by Pelham Grenville Wodehouse
Self starters on tractors eventually ended the need for the device.
"Agricultural Implements and Machines in the Collection of the National Museum of History and Technology" by John T. Schlebecker
We find, therefore, that in 1912, "self-starters" began to be used.
"The Automobile Storage Battery" by O. A. Witte
Mamise saw that most of the employees were employees because they lacked the self-starter of ambition.
"The Cup of Fury" by Rupert Hughes
Ed had been the first to reach the structure, and, quickly switching on the self-starter, had run the machine out.
"The Motor Girls on the Coast" by Margaret Penrose
For starters, Alexa Hampton seemed to have a lot more self- assurance.
"Syndrome" by Thomas Hoover
Pat started the motor, which was a self-starter.
"Famous Flyers" by J. J. Grayson
In another minute he was in its seat, his grip on the wheel, his hand touching the lever of the self-starter.
"The Long Lane's Turning" by Hallie Erminie Rives
You are some self-starter, too.
"Tripping with the Tucker Twins" by Nell Speed
It seemed a self-starter.
"Revisiting the Earth" by James Langdon Hill
Having ridden in the roadster, Smith knew that it had no self-starter.
"The Real Man" by Francis Lynde

In news:

Self-starter is a good way to describe Jesse Blanchard.
He brings self-starter perspective to council table .
He brings self-starter perspective to council table.
Derrick Green appreciates all the opportunities he's been afforded in the last three years, mainly because he's had to be a serious self-starter to make it all happen.
FOX10 News, the number one news station in the Mobile-Pensacola market is looking for a photojournalist who's an energetic self-starter and comfortable in a 24/7 multi-platform environment.
Anberlin's ' Self-Starter ': Exclusive First Listen.
Without a higher power to define it, LifeRing offers secular recovery for skeptics and self-starters.
Most agree it was Cadillac's electric self-starter, debuting exactly 100 years ago for the 1912 season.
Wael Ghonim of Google is the web search company's executive jailed for several days as the proclaimed self-starter blowing Tunisia's winds of revolutionary change toward Egypt.
We now seek a theatre knowledgeable self starter to join our small but dedicated team.
The ideal candidate will be an independent, self-starter with: Eight-to-ten years of More.
Elizabeth Hartley-Brewer, a child development specialist and education policy consultant, is the author of "Raising A Self-Starter" and seven other books on child rearing.
You have been promoted to sergeant because you are a self-starter and your work is exemplary.
Here are some tips to be a self-starter today.
This person needs to be a team player, self-starter and willing to take charge of the newscast content.