- 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.
Origin of starting block
First recorded in 1945–50
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- one of a pair of adjustable devices with pads or blocks against which a sprinter braces his feet in crouch starts