- a person or thing that starts.
- a person who gives the signal to begin, as for a race, the running of a train, bus, elevator, etc.
- a device that starts an internal-combustion engine without a need for cranking by hand.
- a person or thing that starts in a race or contest: Only five starters finished the race.
- a culture of bacteria used to start a particular fermentation, as in the manufacture of cheese, buttermilk, sour cream, etc.
- Cookery. sourdough(def 1).
- Slang. a shill, as at a gaming table in a casino.
- Cribbage. the card turned face up on the stack before the play.
- constituting a basis or beginning: a starter set of dishes; a starter home.
- for starters, Informal. as the first step or part; initially; first: We will have soup for starters. For starters, he doesn't even know how to drive.
Origin of starter
Examples from the Web for starters
For starters, that religious-themed movies are difficult to make and even more difficult to make successful.Are You There, God? It’s Nicolas Cage and the Year in Cinematically Pimped Religion
Matthew Paul Turner
December 28, 2014
For starters, from a purely practical, all-hands-on-deck position, I say if you can do the job, you should keep the job.Justice Ginsburg Shouldn’t Quit Just Yet
December 1, 2014
For starters: No one knows what the future strategy against ISIS will look like.The Pentagon Is Officially Clueless About the ISIS War
November 13, 2014
For starters, both the bats and the virus have to be present.Bats’ Link to Ebola Finally Solved
November 12, 2014
For starters, the average age of the Best Actor Oscar nominees last year was 47.Why Does Oscar Hate Young Men?
November 9, 2014
There were more than forty starters, of which eight finished.Flying Machines
W.J. Jackman and Thos. H. Russell
Some use their starters frequently, and make only short runs.The Automobile Storage Battery
O. A. Witte
Well, while there were two starters, there was only one finisher.On a Donkey's Hurricane Deck
R. Pitcher Woodward
Crack went the starters pistol, and the runners were away on their course.For the Honor of Randall
These be fine sandwiches and will sarve us very well for starters.The Boy Patrol on Guard
Edward S. Ellis
- a device for starting an internal-combustion engine, usually consisting of a powerful electric motor that engages with the flywheelFormerly called self-starter
- US a person who organizes the timely departure of buses, trains, etc
- a person who supervises and signals the start of a race
- a competitor who starts in a race or contest
- informal, mainly Australian and NZ an acceptable or practicable proposition, plan, idea, etc
- Australian and NZ informal a person who is willing to engage in a particular activity
- a culture of bacteria used to start fermentation, as in making cheese or yogurt
- mainly British the first course of a meal
- (modifier) designed to be used by a novicea starter kit
- for starters slang in the first place
- under starter's orders
- (of horses in a race) awaiting the start signal
- (of a person) eager or ready to begin
Word Origin and History for starters
c.1400, stertour "instigator; one who starts," agent noun from start (v.). For starters "to begin with" is 1873, American English colloquial. Starter home is from 1976; starter set is from 1946, originally of china.
Idioms and Phrases with starters
see under for openers.