• 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

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.