• WordNet 3.6
    • n outset 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"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Outset A setting out, starting, or beginning. "The outset of a political journey.""Giving a proper direction to this outset of life."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n outset A setting out; beginning; start.
    • n outset A tidal current running from the land; the ebb.
    • n outset In Scotland, an inclosure from surrounding moorland or common.
    • n outset The act of setting off, or ornamenting; that which sets off.
    • n outset Outlay; primary outlay; also, in the plural, outgoings; expenses.
    • outset To set off; ornament; display properly.
    • outset To put out; set outside.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Outset owt′set a setting out: beginning
    • Outset Also Out′setting
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  • Karl Marx
    “From the outset, the Christian was the theorizing Jew, the Jew is therefore the practical Christian, and the practical Christian has become a Jew again.”
  • Dan Rather
    Dan Rather
    “If all difficulties were known at the outset of a long journey, most of us would never start out at all.”


In literature:

In it, as was intimated at the outset, are all the chief elements of organic influence.
"The History of Dartmouth College" by Baxter Perry Smith
It is fair to assume that at the outset the main motive of this industrial invasion was the quest of commercial profit.
"England and Germany" by Emile Joseph Dillon
At the outset, this article was to have been a review of the works of Hugh Miller; but it has grown into something much more general.
"Essays: Scientific, Political, & Speculative, Vol. I" by Herbert Spencer
The term "beauty" how limitable in the outset.
"Modern Painters Volume II (of V)" by John Ruskin
It was D'Arcy McGee who perceived, at the very outset, the probable {25} bearing of the Civil War upon the future of Canada.
"The Fathers of Confederation" by A. H. U. Colquhoun
She was at the outset a lucky ship.
"Aircraft and Submarines" by Willis J. Abbot
We can say at the outset that it is seen in the purest form in benign cases, hence they make up the material of this book.
"Benign Stupors" by August Hoch
On the other hand, it must be remembered that, at the outset at least, these charges were indignantly rejected by the Christians.
"Religion & Sex" by Chapman Cohen
From the outset difficulties undreamed of had developed.
"The Railway Builders" by Oscar D. Skelton
From the very outset, the Prophet clearly saw that it was not by the Assyrians that this carrying away would be effected.
"Christology of the Old Testament: And a Commentary on the Messianic Predictions. Vol. 2" by Ernst Hengstenberg

In poetry:

Time has tired me since we met here
When the folk now dead were young,
And the viands were outset here
And quaint songs sung.
"The House Of Hospitalities" by Thomas Hardy
This very morn didst set out with thy plume
Yet damp from thine Icarian tomb,
To plough in mirth again the Stygian wave. With
launching cry
And sails outset didst dive the unattempted sky To doom! To doom!
"The Wrecked Aeroplane" by Leon Gellert
They prepare for death—yet are they not the finish, but rather the
They bring none to his or her terminus, or to be content and full;
Whom they take, they take into space, to behold the birth of stars,
to learn one of the meanings,
"The Indications" by Walt Whitman

In news:

The Wimbledon marathon man looked weary from the outset Friday.
It's important to understand your businesses scalability from the outset.
At the outset, Cherkaoui establishes a playful tone.
Hadebe said, It went wrong from the outset.
At the outset, Greg Heister was skeptical about using solid-state recording technology to capture the harsh conditions of the 2007 Iditarod dog sled race.
It's clear from the outset that Tallec's (The Scar) two guards, with their stumpy bodies and stew-pot helmets, can only be engaged in folly.
EF Language had been given only an outside chance at the outset, but with one leg remaining, it sailed into France to clinch the Whitbread Round the World yacht race.
From the outset, HP characterized its $11.1 billion blockbuster acquisition of UK software maker Autonomy as a cloud computing game-changer aimed at driving higher investor returns with a unique software asset.
First, let me say at the outset that I am against driving under the influence and have no issue prosecuting those who do.
Let me say at the outset that we have some terrific teachers in our school system.
At the outset, designers were about style and the creation of bright shiny objects, and we dutifully manned our post at the last decoration station on the way to the marketplace.
Donna McAleer, the defeated Democratic candidate in the 1st Congressional District, realized at the outset that beating a Republican incumbent in a heavily GOP district would be difficult.
It was doomed from the outset.
ELKHART — Mayor Dick Moore defended his plans to forgive a debt owed to the city by the RV/MH Hall of Fame Tuesday night at the outset of budget hearings with the city council.
After abusing rookie Harrison Barnes on the block from the outset, James took his talents all over the court against the surging Warriors squad.

In science:

It can be very time consuming to set up a full range of tests. I usually address this by not attempting to do so at the outset. I start with a few tests of significant calculations, and gradually add more tests.
When, why and how to test spreadsheets
Hence, Alice knows from the outset (i.e., before any data is revealed) the verdict that, with near certainty, the test will deliver once the data is revealed.
A nonmanipulable test
At the outset we note that violation of Bell's inequalities must occur in the shadow system, since the system is a consistent extension of standard quantum theory (because of Feynman's path-integral formulation).
The shadow interpretation versus quantum paradoxes
The approximation used is equivalent to assume from the outset that the response to the transverse components of the probing field is instantaneous.
On the Statics and Dynamics of Magneto-Anisotropic Nanoparticles
WI of (3.2), or else the transversality of Πµν (q) will be compromised from the outset.
Gluon mass generation without seagull divergences