Definition and Meanings for start

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Start is ranked 1,536 in the ranking of most used words in English

Part of Speech of start

intransitive verb, imperfect, past participle, present participle, verbal noun, transitive verb, noun

Etymology of start

oe. sterten; akin to d. storten to hurl, rush, fall, g. st, ohg. sturzen to turn over, to fall, sw. st 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. start a tail perh. from d. storten, which has this meaning also oe. stert a tail, as. steort; akin to lg. stert, steert, d. staart, g. sterz, icel. stertr, dan. stiert, sw. stjert. stark naked, under stark, start, v. i.pos from strategic ar

Meaning of start


as intransitive verb, imperfect, past participle, present participle, verbal noun

  • to leap; to jump.
  • to move suddenly, as with a spring or leap, from surprise, pain, or other sudden feeling or emotion, or by a voluntary act.
  • to set out; to commence a course, as a race or journey; to begin; as, to start in business.
  • to become somewhat displaced or loosened; as, a rivet or a seam may start under strain or pressure.

as transitive verb

  • 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.
  • to bring into being or into view; to originate; to invent.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • to pour out; to empty; to tap and begin drawing from; as, to start a water cask.

as noun

  • 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.
  • a convulsive motion, twitch, or spasm; a spasmodic effort.
  • a sudden, unexpected movement; a sudden and capricious impulse; a sally; as, starts of fancy.
  • 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.

as noun, intransitive verb

  • a tail, or anything projecting like a tail.
  • the handle, or tail, of a plow; also, any long handle.
  • the curved or inclined front and bottom of a water-wheel bucket.
  • the arm, or lever, of a gin, drawn around by a horse.

as noun

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