• WordNet 3.6
    • n starter a culture containing yeast or bacteria that is used to start the process of fermentation or souring in making butter or cheese or dough "to make sourdough you need a starter"
    • n starter a hand tool consisting of a rotating shaft with parallel handle
    • n starter an electric motor for starting an engine
    • n starter food or drink to stimulate the appetite (usually served before a meal or as the first course)
    • n starter any new participant in some activity
    • n starter the official who signals the beginning of a race or competition
    • n starter a contestant in a team sport who is in the game at the beginning
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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.
    • Starter A dog that rouses game.
    • Starter One who, or that which, starts; as, a starter on a journey; the starter of a race.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The National Lighter Museum in Guthrie, Oklahoma has nearly 20,000 pieces, representing over 85,000 years of lighters and fire starters. The only museum of its kind in the world, it is dedicated to collecting and preserving the history of the evolution of lighters.
    • n starter One who or that which starts. One who shrinks from his purpose; one who suddenly brings forward a question or an objection.
    • n starter One who sets out on a journey, a pursuit, a race, or the like.
    • n starter One who or that which sets persons or things in motion, as a person who gives the signal for a race, or for the starting of a coach, car, boat, or other conveyance, or a lever or rod for setting an engine or a machine in motion.
    • n starter A dog that starts game; a springer; a cocker.
    • n starter In cribbage, the cut card.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Starter one who starts
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
M. E. sterten; closely akin to Dut. and Low Ger. storten, to plunge, Ger. stürzen.


In literature:

"Punch or the London Charivari, Vol. 147, July 8, 1914" by Various
Johnny's such a good little starter!
"The Innocent Adventuress" by Mary Hastings Bradley
This man would undoubtedly tell of his destination to some other driver, surely to the starter at the restaurant.
"Traffic in Souls" by Eustace Hale Ball
Jamming the starter with his thumb he gunned the thunderous diesels into life and pulled out into the traffic.
"The Velvet Glove" by Harry Harrison
For a starter, then, takin' your say-so for it, you're a Southern man?
"Faro Nell and Her Friends" by Alfred Henry Lewis
You might ask the cab starter?
"The Film of Fear" by Arnold Fredericks
The hostiles are sent to a point half-way, and let go by a starter at the same time as the scout leaves the camp.
"Boy Scouts Handbook" by Boy Scouts of America
It was the work of a minute to touch the starter and back out of the yard.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science, March 1930" by Various
The motor is prob'ly all cold now and the starter may gimme an argument.
"Alex the Great" by H. C. Witwer
He slid under the wheel and stepped on the starter.
"A Yankee Flier Over Berlin" by Al Avery

In poetry:

We formed into line, 'neath the merry sunshine,
Near the logs at the end of the railing;
"Are you ready, boys? Go!" cried the starter, and low
Sank the flag, and away we went sailing.
"Hippodromania; Or, Whiffs From The Pipe" by Adam Lindsay Gordon

In news:

St Louis knocked out Giants starter Madison Bumgarner after just 3 2-3 innings.
Gigi Levangie Grazer ( The Starter Wife) is back with The After Wife ( Ballantine, $25).
A's starter Jarrod Parker reaches down his shirt to grab a baseball that went inside it on an infield single by the Yankees' Ichiro Suzuki.
Joe Saunders was named the Game 4 starter following the 3-2 loss to the Yankees on Wednesday night.
VIDEO O's starter Jason Hammel : 'It was a tough loss'.
Orioles place Hammel , two other starters on ALDS roster.
(AP) — Carlos Gonzalez, Ryan Spilborghs and Eric Young had two hits each, and Colorado starter Jason Hammel tossed five strong innings to lead the Rockies past the Seattle Mariners 9-2 on Thursday.
Titans' banged-up offensive line has 4 of 5 starters hurt with hard-hitting Bears up next.
Lewis is the starter in A&M's high-octane offense.
Uncertainty' of eight new starters is hindering Virginia Tech's offense.
Starter Shelby Miller #40 of the St Louis Cardinals pitches against the Cincinnati Reds at Busch Stadium on October 3, 2012 in St Louis, Missouri.
Starter Yovani Gallardo allowed just two hits and struck out six in the Brewers' 4-0 win over the Braves.
The team brings back five starters and could surprise in Group 3 this year.
For starters, she's spoiled rotten.
Not exactly breaking news, but that's the reality when four seniors, three of them starters, graduate.

In science:

For starters, the value of the dilaton needs to stay small in order for the theory to be weakly coupled.
Duality Cascade and Oblique Phases in Non-Commutative Open String Theory
As a starter, we will consider the U (1) Chern-Simons-matter theories in the large Nf limit, i.e. k , Nf → ∞, with λ = 4πNf /k = q2Nf kept finite (the ’t Hooft coupling λ for the nonabelian theory will be defined differently).
Notes on Superconformal Chern-Simons-Matter Theories
The prototype is based on the jBPM Starters Kit 3.1.1 by JBoss, which has been extended by an interface to Fedora.
Submission of content to a digital object repository using a configurable workflow system
For starters, it is shown in and in Section 3 that a general capturing result analogous to Grohe’s is not possible for FP+C on subgraph-free graph classes, such as chordal graphs or graphs whose complements are comparability graphs of partial orders.
Capturing Polynomial Time on Interval Graphs
The ma jority of the computing time was spent evolving the starter model to a specific temperature.
Computational Asteroseismology