Definitions of starter
  1. noun
    any new participant in some activity
    synonyms: entrant, fledgeling, fledgling, freshman, neophyte, newbie, newcomer
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    enlistee, recruit
    any new member or supporter (as in the armed forces)
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    beginner, initiate, novice, tiro, tyro
    someone new to a field or activity
  2. noun
    a hand tool consisting of a rotating shaft with parallel handle
    synonyms: crank
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    crank handle, starting handle
    crank used to start an engine
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    hand tool
    a tool used with workers' hands
  3. noun
    an electric motor for starting an engine
    synonyms: starter motor, starting motor
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    kick start, kick starter
    a starter (as on a motorcycle) that is activated with the foot and the weight of the body
    an electric starting motor that automatically starts an internal-combustion engine
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    electric motor
    a motor that converts electricity to mechanical work
  4. noun
    the official who signals the beginning of a race or competition
    synonyms: dispatcher
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    someone who administers the rules of a game or sport
  5. noun
    a contestant in a team sport who is in the game at the beginning
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    starting pitcher
    (baseball) a pitcher who starts in a baseball game
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    a person who participates in competitions
  6. noun
    food or drink to stimulate the appetite (usually served before a meal or as the first course)
    synonyms: appetiser, appetizer
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    a course of appetizers in an Italian meal
    an appetizer consisting usually of a thin slice of bread or toast spread with caviar or cheese or other savory food
    an appetizer served as a first course at a meal
    hors d'oeuvre
    a dish served as an appetizer before the main meal
    raw vegetables cut into bite-sized strips and served with a dip
    fruit cocktail
    a mixture of sliced or diced fruits
    crab cocktail
    a cocktail of cold cooked crabmeat and a sauce
    shrimp cocktail
    a cocktail of cold cooked shrimp and a sauce
    celery stick
    celery stalks cut into small sticks
    carrot stick
    a stick of carrot eaten raw
    stuffed mushroom
    mushrooms stuffed with any of numerous mixtures of e.g. meats or nuts or seafood or spinach
    a pickled herring filet that has been rolled or wrapped around a pickle
    pigs in blankets
    small frankfurters wrapped in biscuit dough and baked
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    part of a meal served at one time
  7. noun
    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
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    (biology) the growing of microorganisms in a nutrient medium (such as gelatin or agar)
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