• WordNet 3.6
    • adj starting appropriate to the beginning or start of an event "the starting point","hands in the starting position"
    • adj starting (especially of eyes) bulging or protruding as with fear "with eyes starting from their sockets"
    • n starting 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"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

"He started, and let the lancet fall." "He started, and let the lancet fall."
I Was Starting to Give Him a Swift Punch 047 I Was Starting to Give Him a Swift Punch 047
Started in on a Democratic Speech 175 Started in on a Democratic Speech 175
Started on a Stampede for the Pyramids 311 Started on a Stampede for the Pyramids 311
The cock starts to crow The cock starts to crow

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Before the fur trade had started in Canada, it was estimated that there were over 6 million beavers
    • Starting stärt"ĭng a. & n. from Start v.
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  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “It's never too late to start planning for the future.”
  • Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
    “What is not started today is never finished tomorrow.”
  • J. R. Tolkien
    J. R. Tolkien
    “It's the job that's never started takes longest to finish.”
  • Dawson Trotman
    Dawson Trotman
    “The greatest amount of wasted time is the time not getting started.”
  • Irish Proverb
    Irish Proverb
    “If you want an audience start a fight.”
  • Sebastien-Roch Nicolas De Chamfort
    “Secrecy is best taught by starting with ourselves.”


Start from scratch - When you start something from scratch, you start at the very beginning.


In literature:

Mr. Johnson: I generally spray in the spring after they get started and just before they are starting to ripen.
"Trees, Fruits and Flowers of Minnesota, 1916" by Various
Us didn't wait 'til sun up to start workin', us started as soon as it was light enough.
"Slave Narratives: A Folk History of Slavery in the United States From Interviews with Former Slaves" by Work Projects Administration
The voyage will take us five months, and perhaps you may have to remain some little time, at my brother's, before you can start.
"The Tiger of Mysore" by G. A. Henty
The men start out after the horses to-morrow.
"The Settling of the Sage" by Hal G. Evarts
It was an anxious time for his wife, after Gregory started.
"With Kitchener in the Soudan" by G. A. Henty
Just as the King started into the building an usher came out, touched me on the arm and said something, beckoning me to come inside.
"A Journal From Our Legation in Belgium" by Hugh Gibson
After many false rumours, at last the day came when we were to start.
"Into the Jaws of Death" by Jack O'Brien
I started for Chicago the day following, the Kid with me.
"Danger Signals" by John A. Hill and Jasper Ewing Brady
When she glanced up again, she almost started back in fright.
"The Song of Songs" by Hermann Sudermann
In October, 1871, I started for Juniata, passing through Chicago at the time of the great fire.
"Collection of Nebraska Pioneer Reminiscences" by Nebraska Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution

In poetry:

There were holy words, and wishes,
And smiles when tears would start
A fair bride stood beside him,
And I--I stood apart.
"First Love" by Nora Pembroke
Poor BILL, he gave a heavy sigh,
He tried in vain to speak -
A fat tear started to each eye
And coursed adown each cheek.
"The Cunning Woman" by William Schwenck Gilbert
All for myself the sigh would swell,
The tear of anguish start;
I little knew what wilder woe
Had filled the Poet's heart.
"To Cowper" by Anne Bronte
I saw the deep and gushing love,
That fearful moment started,
That murmur'd like a turtle dove,
To cheating hope departed.
"A Song Of The Olden Time" by James Avis Bartley
Never have I seen a more perfect kiss
Than the actors' in the third act,
When the passions start
To make themselves clear.
"Actors" by Marin Sorescu
Her roses rustled overhead.
She saw, with sudden start.
"I knew that you would come," she said,
And held him to her heart.
"The Return" by Robert W Service

In news:

Start-up Visas Can Jump-Start the Economy.
The morning started very early, as I always like to start my mornings early.
If Stephen Malkmus would have started a classic rock band rather than starting Pavement, it might have sounded like Free Energy .
Taking Stock, From Start to Finish - ' Taking Stock, From Start '.
Prior to the start of Friday's debut, Ole Miss received a technical foul due to not turning in their starting lineup to the officiating crew on time.
It starts with Bosh, who could regain his starting assignment after struggling to find his rhythm off the bench Tuesday against the Thunder.
People started talking, and some of them started calling state wildlife officials.
He essentially had two careers -producing Broadway plays, starting in 1935, and designing country and rooftop gardens, starting in the mid-1950's.
Are you looking to start an urban garden this spring and not sure where to start.
The Church of God and Saints of Christ, 100 S Mulberry St, will host a weekend revival, starting Friday, Nov 9, with the service beginning (start of Sabbath) at 7:30 p.m.
If I start yawning, there's a pretty good chance you'll start yawning.
Blue start slowly, QB can't finish what he started, yet another defeat.
The Associated Press reports that Steve Kilpatrick of Jackson will start as head of the federation starting Wednesday.
And when the crowd knows the show's about to start, they start screaming.
The cooling trend that was supposed to start Sunday didn't — and it won't start Monday, either.

In science:

When started from a value x ≥ 0, this Markov process has the same distribution as x ∨ X − X under P and thus stochastically dominates X − X (started from 0).
Scaling limits of random planar maps with large faces
Then, it is enough to prove that with P-probability one, there is some site z > 0 that the random walk started at y < 0 reaches before the random walk started at x does.
Systems of one-dimensional random walks in a common random environment
Brownian snake started from x, and we will call ˜Mx the law of the Brownian tour started from x.
Hausdorff measure of arcs and Brownian motion on Brownian spatial trees
In practical implementations, Bob (or Alice) could start jamming the channel upon receiving the Start of Frame Delimiter (SFD).
Randomization for Security in Half-Duplex Two-Way Gaussian Channels
If we want to emphasize the starting point of the CSBP, we write Zt (x) to mean that the process was initially started at Z0 = x > 0.
Recent progress in coalescent theory