Start (?), v. t. 1.
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.
Upon malicious bravery dost thou come Shak.
To start my quiet?
Brutus will start a spirit as soon as
2. To bring onto being or into view; to
originate; to invent.
Sensual men agree in the pursuit of every pleasure they
can start. Sir W. Temple.
3. 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.
I was engaged in conversation upon a subject which the
people love to start in discourse.
4. 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.
One, by a fall in wrestling, started the end of
the clavicle from the sternum. Wiseman.
5. [Perh. from D. storten, which has this
meaning also.] (Naut.) To pour out; to empty; to tap and
begin drawing from; as, to start a water cask.
Start, n. 1. The
act of starting; a sudden spring, leap, or motion, caused by surprise,
fear, pain, or the like; any sudden motion, or beginning of
The fright awakened Arcite with a
2. A convulsive motion, twitch, or spasm; a
For she did speak in starts
Nature does nothing by starts and leaps, or in a
3. A sudden, unexpected movement; a sudden and
capricious impulse; a sally; as, starts of fancy.
To check the starts and sallies of the
4. 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.
The start of first performance is
I see you stand like greyhounds in the slips, Shak.
Straining upon the start.
At a start, at once; in an instant.
At a start he was betwixt them two.
To get, or have, the
start, to before another; to gain or have the advantage
in a similar undertaking; -- usually with of. "Get the
start of the majestic world." Shak. "She might have
forsaken him if he had not got the start of her."
Start, n. [OE. stert a tail, AS.
steort; akin to LG. stert, steert, D.
staart, G. sterz, Icel. stertr, Dan.
stiert, Sw. stjert. √166. Cf. Stark naked,
under Stark, Start, v. i.]
1. A tail, or anything projecting like a
2. The handle, or tail, of a plow; also, any
long handle. [Prov. Eng.]
3. The curved or inclined front and bottom of
a water-wheel bucket.
4. (Mining) The arm, or level, of a
gin, drawn around by a horse.
Start (?), v. i. [imp. & p.
p. started; p. pr. & vb. n.
starting.] [OE. sterten; akin to D. storten
8hurl, rush, fall, G. stürzen, OHG. sturzen to turn
over, to fall, Sw. störa 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. √166. Cf. Start a tail.] 1.
To leap; to jump. [Obs.]
2. To move suddenly, as with a spring or leap,
from surprise, pain, or other sudden feeling or emotion, or by a
And maketh him out of his sleep to
I start as from some dreadful
Keep your soul to the work when ready to start
aside. I. Watts.
But if he start, Shak.
It is the flesh of a corrupted heart.
3. To set out; to commence a course, as a race
or journey; to begin; as, to start business.
At once they start, advancing in a
At intervals some bird from out the brakes
Starts into voice a moment, then is still.
4. To become somewhat displaced or loosened;
as, a rivet or a seam may start under strain or
To start after, to set out after; to follow;
to pursue. -- To start against, to act as a
rival candidate against. -- To start for,
to be a candidate for, as an office. -- To start
up, to rise suddenly, as from a seat or couch; to come
suddenly into notice or importance.