Definition of kick-starter in US English:

kick-starter

noun

  • 1A device to start an engine by the downward thrust of a pedal, as in older motorcycles.

    ‘the redesigned kick-starter is easier to use’
    • ‘It was joy unlimited as the kick-starter curved through its arc for the second time and the engine roared into life.’
    • ‘It still retains the kick-starter, but also has an electric start for when you don't feel energetic.’
    • ‘It has two wheels in front and one in back, a kick-starter, a hand-operated windscreen wiper, and no reverse gear.’
    • ‘The engine was awakened on the third kick of the kick-starter.’
    • ‘He had added an electric starter as an alternative to the kick-starter.’
    1. 1.1 Something that provides an impetus to start or resume a process.
      ‘traders labeled the project a kick-starter for Port Adelaide's rejuvenation’
      • ‘This act is the likely kick-starter, at least in the House of Representatives.’
      • ‘It's a kind of literary kick-starter, awarded not on the basis of past achievement but as an "investment in a person's originality, insight, and potential."’
      • ‘Its economy as a global kick-starter is derided.’
      • ‘The network is hoping this show can be a kick-starter for the Tuesday block.’
      • ‘An obscure cult flick from 1980 may deserve the kudos (or the blame) as the kick-starter for this subgenre.’