starting block

noun Track.

a device used by runners, especially sprinters, for increasing their speed off the mark, consisting of a metal or wooden frame, usually secured to the ground at both ends, with adjustable, triangular-shaped blocks on each side for bracing the feet.

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Origin of starting block

First recorded in 1945–50 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for starting block

starting block


one of a pair of adjustable devices with pads or blocks against which a sprinter braces his feet in crouch starts
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