• WordNet 3.6
    • v start take the first step or steps in carrying out an action "We began working at dawn","Who will start?","Get working as soon as the sun rises!","The first tourists began to arrive in Cambodia","He began early in the day","Let's get down to work now"
    • v start set in motion, cause to start "The U.S. started a war in the Middle East","The Iraqis began hostilities","begin a new chapter in your life"
    • v start play in the starting lineup
    • v start bring into being "He initiated a new program","Start a foundation"
    • v start get off the ground "Who started this company?","We embarked on an exciting enterprise","I start my day with a good breakfast","We began the new semester","The afternoon session begins at 4 PM","The blood shed started when the partisans launched a surprise attack"
    • v start get going or set in motion "We simply could not start the engine","start up the computer"
    • v start begin or set in motion "I start at eight in the morning","Ready, set, go!"
    • v start move or jump suddenly, as if in surprise or alarm "She startled when I walked into the room"
    • v start leave "The family took off for Florida"
    • v start bulge outward "His eyes popped"
    • v start begin work or acting in a certain capacity, office or job "Take up a position","start a new job"
    • v start begin an event that is implied and limited by the nature or inherent function of the direct object "begin a cigar","She started the soup while it was still hot","We started physics in 10th grade"
    • v start have a beginning, in a temporal, spatial, or evaluative sense "The DMZ begins right over the hill","The second movement begins after the Allegro","Prices for these homes start at $250,000"
    • v start have a beginning characterized in some specified way "The novel begins with a murder","My property begins with the three maple trees","Her day begins with a workout","The semester begins with a convocation ceremony"
    • n start the act of starting something "he was responsible for the beginning of negotiations"
    • n start 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"
    • n start a sudden involuntary movement "he awoke with a start"
    • n start the advantage gained by beginning early (as in a race) "with an hour's start he will be hard to catch"
    • n start a signal to begin (as in a race) "the starting signal was a green light","the runners awaited the start"
    • n start the beginning of anything "it was off to a good start"
    • n start a line indicating the location of the start of a race or a game
    • n start 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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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: A fetus starts to develop fingerprints at the age of eight weeks
    • Start A convulsive motion, twitch, or spasm; a spasmodic effort. "For she did speak in starts distractedly.""Nature does nothing by starts and leaps, or in a hurry."
    • Start A sudden, unexpected movement; a sudden and capricious impulse; a sally; as, starts of fancy. "To check the starts and sallies of the soul."
    • Start A tail, or anything projecting like a tail.
    • Start The act of starting; a sudden spring, leap, or motion, caused by surprise, fear, pain, or the like; any sudden motion, or beginning of motion. "The fright awakened Arcite with a start ."
    • Start (Mining) The arm, or lever, of a gin, drawn around by a horse.
    • Start The beginning, as of a journey or a course of action; first motion from a place; act of setting out; the outset; -- opposed to finish. "The start of first performance is all.""I see you stand like greyhounds in the slips,
      Straining upon the start ."
      "At a start he was betwixt them two."
    • Start The curved or inclined front and bottom of a water-wheel bucket.
    • Start The handle, or tail, of a plow; also, any long handle.
    • start To become somewhat displaced or loosened; as, a rivet or a seam may start under strain or pressure.
    • Start To bring into being or into view; to originate; to invent. "Sensual men agree in the pursuit of every pleasure they can start ."
    • Start To cause to move or act; to set going, running, or flowing; as, to start a railway train; to start a mill; to start a stream of water; to start a rumor; to start a business. "I was engaged in conversation upon a subject which the people love to start in discourse."
    • Start To cause to move suddenly; to disturb suddenly; to startle; to alarm; to rouse; to cause to flee or fly; as, the hounds started a fox. "Upon malicious bravery dost thou come
      To start my quiet?"
      "Brutus will start a spirit as soon as Cæsar."
    • start To leap; to jump.
    • Start To move suddenly from its place or position; to displace or loosen; to dislocate; as, to start a bone; the storm started the bolts in the vessel. "One, by a fall in wrestling, started the end of the clavicle from the sternum."
    • start To move suddenly, as with a spring or leap, from surprise, pain, or other sudden feeling or emotion, or by a voluntary act. "And maketh him out of his sleep to start .""I start as from some dreadful dream.""Keep your soul to the work when ready to start aside.""But if he start ,
      It is the flesh of a corrupted heart."
    • Start (Naut) To pour out; to empty; to tap and begin drawing from; as, to start a water cask.
    • start To set out; to commence a course, as a race or journey; to begin; as, to start in business. "At once they start , advancing in a line.""At intervals some bird from out the brakes Starts into voice a moment, then is still."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: In 1845, inventor Thomas Adams started the world's first chewing gum factory.
    • start To move with a sudden involuntary jerk or twitch, as from a shock of surprise, fear, pain, or the like; give sudden involuntary expression to or indication of surprise, pain, fright, or any sudden emotion, by a quick convulsive movement of the body: as, he started at the sight.
    • start To make a sudden or unexpected change of place or position; rise abruptly or quickly; spring; leap, dart, or rush with sudden quickness: as, to start aside, backward, forward, out, or up; to start from one's seat.
    • start To set out; begin or enter upon action, course, career, or pursuit, as a journey or a race.
    • start To run; escape; get away.
    • start To lose hold; give way; swerve aside; be disloeated or moved from an intended position or direction; spring: as, the ship's timbers started.
    • start To fall off or out; loosen and come away, as the baleen of a dead whale through decomposition, or hair from a soured pelt.
    • start To begin; set out: as, he started out to be a lawyer.
    • start To begin operation or business: as, the factory will start up to-morrow.
    • start To rouse suddenly into action, motion, or flight, as a beast from its lair, a hare or rabbit from its form, or a bird from its nest; cause to come suddenly into view, action, play, flight, or the like: as, to start game; to start the detectives.
    • start To originate; begin; set in motion; set going; give the first or a new impulse to: as, to start a fire; to start a newspaper, a school, or a new business; to start a controversy.
    • start To cause to set out, or to provide the means or take the steps necessary to enable (one) to set out or embark, as on an errand, a journey, enterprise, career, etc.: as, to start one's son in business; to start a party on an expedition.
    • start To loosen, or cause to loosen or lose hold; cause to move from its place: as, to start a plank; to start a tooth; to start an anchor.
    • start To set flowing, as liquor from a cask; pour out: as, to start wine into another cask.
    • start To alarm; disturb suddenly; startle.
    • n start A sudden involuntary spring, jerk, or twitch, such as may be caused by sudden surprise, fear, pain, or other emotion.
    • n start A spring or recoil, as of an elastic body; spring; jerk.
    • n start A sudden burst or gleam; a sally; a flash.
    • n start A sudden bound or stroke of action; a brief, impulsive, intermittent, or spasmodic effort or movement; spasm: as, to work by fits and starts.
    • n start A sudden voluntary movement; a dash; a rush; a run.
    • n start A starting or setting out in some course, action, enterprise, or the like; beginning; outset; departure.
    • n start Lead or advantage in starting or setting out, as in a race or contest; advantage in the beginning or first stage of something: as, to have the start in a competition for a prize.
    • n start Impulse, impetus, or first movement in some direction or course; send-off: as, to get a good start in life.
    • n start A part that has started; a loosened or broken part; a break or opening.
    • n start Distance.
    • n start A tail; the tail of an animal: thus, redstart is literally redtail.
    • n start Something resembling a tail; a handle: as, a plow-start (or plow-tail).
    • n start The sharp point of a young stag's horn.
    • n start In mining, the beam or lever to which the horse is attached in a horse-whim or gin.
    • n start In an overshot water-wheel, one of the partitions which determine the form of the bucket.
    • n start A stalk, as of an apple.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Any month that starts on a Sunday will have a Friday the 13th in it.
    • v.i Start stärt to move suddenly aside: to wince: to deviate: to begin: to proceed: to give way somewhat
    • v.t Start to cause to move suddenly: to disturb suddenly: to rouse suddenly from concealment: to set in motion: to call forth: to invent or discover: to move suddenly from its place: to loosen: to empty: to pour out
    • n Start a sudden movement: a sudden motion of the body: a sudden rousing to action: an unexpected movement: a sally: a sudden fit: a quick spring: the first motion from a point or place: the outset
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  • Samuel Levenson
    Samuel Levenson
    “You can't start at the top.”
  • Robert H. Schuller
    “Winning starts with beginning.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “Every accomplishment starts with the decision to try.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “The only way to start is to start.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “The cowards never started -- and the weak died along the way.”
  • W. J. Cameron
    W. J. Cameron
    “Money never starts an idea; it is the idea that starts the money.”


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


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. sterten,; akin to D. storten, to hurl, rush, fall, G. stürzen, OHG. sturzen, to turn over, to fall, Sw. störta, to cast down, to fall, Dan. styrte, and probably also to E. start, a tail; the original sense being, perhaps, to show the tail, to tumble over suddenly. √166. Cf. Start a tail


In literature:

He gave it up and started for the north.
"Joan of Arc of the North Woods" by Holman Day
There I changed horse and vehicle, took some refreshment, and started again.
"The Land of the Long Night" by Paul du Chaillu
He had started from Cadiz for the north when Hanno started for the south.
"A Book of Discovery" by Margaret Bertha (M. B.) Synge
When did you start out?
"The Heart of Unaga" by Ridgwell Cullum
Before we start I'll pay in advance for three weeks.
"The Camp in the Snow" by William Murray Graydon
Joe in the buckboard and Roosevelt on his new acquisition started south at dawn.
"Roosevelt in the Bad Lands" by Hermann Hagedorn
He started out into the street and the two jumped him and started to stab him to death.
"Still Jim" by Honoré Willsie Morrow
I'd like to start and hike right straight for it.
"Roy Blakeley's Bee-line Hike" by Percy Keese Fitzhugh
They'd get mad if we started to get stuffy.
"Space Platform" by Murray Leinster
They're just starting to dance.
"The Trail of the Hawk" by Sinclair Lewis

In poetry:

At trifles I started,
For nothing I wept,
And terror departed
Not all when I slept.
"Fear" by Gamaliel Bradford
He starts, he smiles, and dries the tears,
Still glistening on his cheek,
The lady of his soul appears,
And hark! I hear her speak —
"Call Me Away" by Anne Bronte
Much the wind
Knows of my heart,
Though he whispers in my ear
That he has seen me burn and start
When I dream of your breast, my dear.
"Mortal Sin" by Cale Young Rice
"Show me Thy glory, gracious Lord!
'Tis Thee," he cries, "not Thine, I seek."
Na, start not at so bold a word
From man, frail worm and weak:
"Thirteenth Sunday After Trinity" by John Keble
When the young mother smiles above
The first-born darling of her heart,
Her bosom glows with earnest love,
While tears of silent transport start.
"Views Of Life" by Anne Bronte
In the vernal dawning with the starting of the leaf,
In the merry-chanting time of spring,
Love steals all my senses, oh, the happy-hearted thief!
In the vernal morning with the starting of the leaf.
"Love's Seasons" by Paul Laurence Dunbar

In news:

Bulldogs use fast start to beat Georgetown Prep after 0-2-1 start vs private schools.
After starting things, Blanco also helped finish them with a stellar catch to start the bottom of the ninth.
Instead of starting their season in mid-December, they'll start just after the beginning of the month.
Cody Vaz passed for 332 yards and three touchdowns in his first start since high school and No 10 Oregon State used a strong start and bigger finish to beat Brigham Young , 42-24, on Saturday in Provo, Utah.
In the next step, 75-watt bulbs will be banned at the start of next year, and 60-watt and 40-watt bulbs at the start of 2014.
It's normally the time during a wrestling meet when a gym starts to get quiet and the stands start to empty.
SAN FRANCISCO — An uncharacteristic start from ace Matt Cain has left the San Francisco Giants in unfamiliar territory to start this postseason run.
Atlanta went 54-35 in his starts at catcher over the past two years — the best winning percentage for an NL catcher with at least 65 starts.
Here in the NFC West, we like to ease our young quarterbacks into the starting role by having them drop back to pass as many times as possible in their very first starts.
Folks are starting to arrive on the floor of the Republican National Convention on Aug 28, 2012, in Tampa, Fla CLICK ON ANY IMAGE TO VIEW FULL PHOTO, START SLIDE SHOW.
A Coldwater couple who started a consulting business in 1994 is suing the owners of a similar business near Addison that was started in January.
The Build A Class option lets you start up your own class , you just need three or more of your friends to get started.
Pettitte fared well in 12 regular season starts in 2012, then made two postseason starts.
It started early this year, October 22 to be exact, when TBS ran a "Home Improvement" episode called "Home For the Holidays" and the pace will be be picking up quickly starting this weekend.
One-bedroom condos starting at $144,900, two-bedroom condos starting at $230,400.

In science:

For classical random walks the hitting time of a node v of a walk starting at an initial node i is defined as the expected time it takes the walk to reach v for the first time starting from i.
Quantum Random Walks Hit Exponentially Faster
In ACTRW the random walk started at t = −ta , before the start of observation at t = 0, therefore hta (t1 ) depends on age of the process ta .
Aging Continuous Time Random Walks
We start with a single block {1}, then the next element 2 either joins the existing block or starts a new one, and so on until n.
Increments of Random Partitions
As a starting point we evaluate the probability W (x, t|x0 , t = 0) that a random walker starting from x0 at t = 0 inside a box 0 ≤ x ≤ L with absorbing boundaries is at x at time t.
Some exact results for the trapping of subdiffusive particles in one dimension
For all 0 < a < a′ , and large t, the walk starting in x ∈ Bta/2 is at time ta′ “nearly uniformly” distributed on Bta′ /2 , independently of the starting position.
Degrees of transience and recurrence and hierarchical random walks