Definition of starting point in English:

starting point


  • 1A place that marks the beginning of a journey.

    ‘it was the starting point for the long walk over the heath’
    • ‘Cross the meadow and as you enter the trees again turn immediately to your right on to the track that takes you back to the starting point.’
    • ‘Now on a good track, again part of the Witton Weavers Way, we climbed over Darwen Moor and back to our starting point.’
    • ‘Stagecoach says that in the mornings, journeys will leave starting points later and arrive at the final destination at the usual time or earlier.’
    • ‘Choose one of three starting points at Cleckheaton, Liversedge or Heckmondwike (former railway stations).’
    • ‘Simple answers will not do, and the hundreds of thousands of placards distributed at the starting points served to diminish rather than amplify the impact of the gathering of so many people on a single pretext.’
    • ‘This brought me back to my starting point and also marked the end of my first day on the yellow brick road.’
    • ‘For experts prepared to hire local guides - and hike up to the starting points - both areas offer fine off-piste descents.’
    • ‘The Golden Mile is, again, a good starting point for evening entertainment.’
    • ‘The boy racers congregate in one place, using it as a starting point to race through the town centre and back again.’
    • ‘The protest at Merrion Square is expected to end at 2pm and the convoys will return their original starting points, again under Garda escort.’
    • ‘The harbour makes an ideal starting point for ferry journeys to the islands of Hvar and Korcula.’
    • ‘The Pennine Bridleway National Trail has different starting points for cyclists and horse riders - cyclists are recommended to set out from Middleton Top where facilities, including bike hire, are available.’
    • ‘Entrants can choose from six different starting points - London, Oxford, Manchester, Sheffield, Derby and Birmingham city centres.’
    • ‘I'm staying near Kings Cross, so that could be an interesting starting point!’
    • ‘It's a good starting point for a tour of the city's main sights, most of which can be comfortably visited on foot.’
    • ‘All too soon I was dropping down the road back to my starting point with the Talla Reservoir stretched out below me.’
    • ‘It may not be in the Highlands, but it looks to the Highlands and is a great starting point for expeditions further north.’
    origin, source, root, germ, seeds, beginning, genesis
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    1. 1.1 A basis for or introduction to study, discussion, or further development.
      ‘it offers a starting point for negotiations’
      ‘choral music is a good starting point for beginners in composition’
      • ‘It is important that we question these developments, and this book offers an excellent starting point.’
      • ‘Painting, printmaking, drawing, digital and lens-based media, 3D form and structure are the starting points for their creative journey.’
      • ‘However, they should only be seen as a starting point for future development.’
      • ‘The starting point for the discussion within churches is their claim to form the body of Christ.’
      • ‘When the story of The Village begins, it is the starting point of Lucius's journey on his own, and with Ivy.’
      • ‘Whether profiled with a broad or fine brush, however, these case studies provide inspiring starting points for further investigation.’
      • ‘Experts suggest using TV programmes, news items and the experiences of friends and relations as good starting points for discussion and many parents seem to be following their advice.’
      • ‘The inevitable starting point in any discussion of Celtic's deterioration is their age profile.’
      • ‘Glossy pictures and even political cartoons can be starting points for discussions.’
      • ‘He uses the balance scale in the decision aid as a starting point to focus discussion.’
      • ‘The starting point for this discussion was a conference speech I made in September.’
      • ‘This seemed a good starting point from which to develop strategies for resistance to trafficking.’
      • ‘It is true that most blogs rely on already published media as the starting point for the discussions.’
      • ‘The starting point for the group discussion was some photographs of the research locations.’
      • ‘For kids who like science, it could even be used as a starting point for discussing how the eye works.’
      • ‘This is the starting point for any discussion of the availability of exemplary damages in the modern law.’
      • ‘The labels liberal, mercantilist, and Marxian usefully describe three different analytical and moral starting points for the study of global economic relations.’
      • ‘It gives new practitioners valuable starting points in developing communications for marketing, non-profit organisations, and sponsorship.’
      • ‘A good starting point for a discussion of this issue is the statement of defence.’
      • ‘The starting point for this study was families in which two or more infants had died suddenly and unexpectedly.’
      beginning, start, birth, inception, conception, origination, genesis, emergence, advent, coming, appearance, debut, arrival, dawning, rise, origin, launch, institution, inauguration, opening, initiation, onset, outset, unfolding, development, infancy
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starting point

/ˈstɑːtɪŋ ˌpɔɪnt/