Definition of starter in English:

starter

noun

  • 1with adjective A person or thing that starts in a specified way.

    ‘I'm just a slow starter’
    ‘he was a late starter in photography’
    • ‘He does however still drift in and out of games, whilst he seems to be a slow starter to each new season.’
    • ‘As a professional footballer, Paul was a late starter.’
    • ‘Like his good friend Henry he has been a slow starter although he remains confident of an upturn.’
    • ‘After the best first round of his career by a champion who formerly had the reputation of being a slow starter, the only question was how long Brodie would last.’
    • ‘I look forward to St Valentine's Day, partly because I was a late starter and never received any cards or presents until I met my partner nine years ago.’
    • ‘Maria had to come back from a set down against Ai Sugiyama, too, but that doesn't make her a slow starter.’
    • ‘Throughout his career, he has always been a slow starter - but a great finisher.’
    • ‘A slow starter at the best of times, he kept missing good-length balls from the mighty Murtagh and Sampson.’
    • ‘Throughout my whole career I've basically been a slow starter.’
    • ‘Johnny wanted him to come out, but the staff said, you know, he's a slow starter.’
    • ‘Perhaps fortunately for Finley, he is usually a slow starter and thus is used to overcoming slumps.’
    • ‘One of the things about being a slow starter is that you work a little harder.’
    • ‘That's another way of saying she is a slow starter and sometimes even a no-starter.’
    • ‘Favourite Ivan Denisovich was a slow starter, and could only finish fourth.’
    • ‘Johnson always has been a bit of a slow starter in terms of throwing out runners.’
    • ‘Also a serious Palme d' Or contender, Chunhyang is a slow starter.’
    • ‘He may have been a slow starter, but lately O'Shea has been surging forward.’
    • ‘Arguello was usually a slow starter and Ismael was a very good counter puncher.’
    • ‘Despite the crowd's obvious enthusiasm, the gig was a slow starter.’
    • ‘It will be interesting to see how Greer, traditionally a slow starter, responds to the long layoff.’
    novice, beginner, tyro, neophyte, new recruit, raw recruit, fledgling, new boy, new girl, novitiate
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    1. 1.1 A person who gives the signal for the start of a race.
      • ‘At the second race, the starter didn't show up, and Sweeney's career as a flagman was launched.’
      • ‘As the starters signalled the first race a light rain signalled the wintry conditions at Munich's Olympic regatta course.’
      • ‘Tarapore and Kapila even had the discomfiture of being fined five penalty points for jumping the starter's gun in the second race.’
      • ‘‘The starter held the race while the announcer told people I was retiring,’ said Hickman.’
    2. 1.2with adjective A horse, competitor, or player taking part in a race or game at the start.
      ‘the trainer has confirmed Cool Ground as a definite starter’
      • ‘He has sired one starter from two foals of racing age.’
      • ‘Same Day Blues is Same Day Delivery's first starter from 10 foals in his first crop of racing age.’
      • ‘Sellers was injured when he was thrown from his mount, first-time starter Hike, before the afternoon's fifth race.’
      • ‘Classic starters Pinpoint and Hal's Image finished sixth and seventh, respectively.’
      • ‘Sir Spellbinder, a ten-year-old son of Time for a Change, has one other starter out of five foals in one crop of racing age.’
      • ‘Frankel's other starter in the race, Stronach Stable's Milwaukee Brew, figures to be closing in deep stretch.’
      • ‘O'Brien also outlined plans with Racing Post for some of his other prominent starters in regards to the Breeders' Cup.’
      • ‘Mullins says Mossy Greene is his only definite starter but that the two big names are ready to run and will reappear quite soon even if they don't make Clonmel.’
      • ‘Hold That Tiger is the only one of O'Brien's potential starters to have raced in the United States this year.’
      • ‘Average starters remained the same from 2002 with 9.1 going to the gate this year.’
      • ‘Shirttail is the only starter from five foals in the first crop of racing age of Shirttail Flying, who has also sired four yearlings.’
      • ‘It also prompted Bailey to tout the filly, trained by Frank Brothers, as a possible starter in the Breeders' Cup Sprint.’
      • ‘Paraneck Stable's former classic starter Griffinite has been retired due to a slight ligament strain in his left front leg.’
      • ‘She is the only starter from four foals of racing age in her sire's first crop.’
      • ‘Taiki Blizzard is the most recent Japanese-based starter in the Breeders' Cup Classic.’
      • ‘Susan Magnier's Reach for the Moon is the lone starter from the powerful Aidan O'Brien stable.’
      • ‘Freshman sire Canvas has sired one winner and one starter from 11 foals of racing age in his first crop.’
      • ‘Worse still, every paper lists him as a definite starter in Sunday's game.’
      • ‘Hendricks had been winless with 18 previous starters during the Del Mar meet.’
      • ‘Four of the 12 listed starters were scratched as the race was contested over a turf course listed as soft.’
    3. 1.3 The pitcher who starts the game.
      • ‘Clearly, even as starters, these pitchers were lethal to opposing hitters.’
      • ‘Perez did not emerge as a consistent major league starter until last season, but his talent was discovered much earlier.’
      • ‘The Giants pulled ahead early in the first three games against shaky Dodger starters, only to let the Dodgers claw their way back into the game.’
      • ‘Yogi Berra hit a two-run homer in the third inning off starter Bob Buhl.’
      • ‘The only starter in that game who did not reach the Hall of Fame was National League center fielder Wally Berger of the Boston Braves.’
      • ‘You end up playing their NBA teams, but against less skilled players who wouldn't be starters for a game.’
      • ‘Both benches will be key in letting the starters decide this game.’
      • ‘The four starters, key pitchers in this series, were more than a full run higher at 3.52.’
      • ‘The only way they can revive is if their young pitchers develop into quality starters, but two of their best will be out in 2005.’
      • ‘I will touch on many of the topics, the Yankees, the A's, an article on the game's better starters.’
      • ‘Torre hasn't announced the starter for Sunday's game against Boston, and didn't completely rule out Brown.’
      • ‘Completing a lot of innings and winning games is what a starter strives for.’
      • ‘Excellent prospect as a major league starter - three above-average pitches.’
      • ‘This represents a combined total of just 23 wins for both starters for the first game of a World Series.’
      • ‘Manager Phil Garner wants his pitchers, particularly the starters, to be more aggressive.’
      • ‘The team should sign a cheap center fielder, a cheaper third basemen, and a starter.’
      • ‘The length of time a young starter remains in a game is now pretty much governed by his pitch count.’
      • ‘Manager Jimy Williams will need to use his starters deeper into games; the Cubs' bullpen is far stronger.’
      • ‘Kieswetter was able to empty his bench in the final minute and allow the large crowd to salute the veteran starters who exited the game.’
      • ‘He was a late-inning replacement in each of the four World Series games after being a starter for the previous three seasons.’
    4. 1.4 A pitcher who normally starts games, and seldom is used as a relief pitcher.
      • ‘Finally, there will be no designated hitters, and each team will have only two pitchers - a starter and a reliever.’
      • ‘Defining a pitcher as a starter or a reliever is a bit tricky, because some pitchers do a little of both over the course of the season.’
    5. 1.5 A topic, question, or other item with which to start a group discussion or course of study.
      ‘material to act as a starter for discussion’
      • ‘The book may serve as a conversation starter for thoughtful parents and gifted children.’
      • ‘Sometimes open-ended questions for class discussions were effective starters.’
      • ‘We invite news organizations to use the guidelines as a discussion starter to craft or revise their own policies and guidelines.’
      • ‘There have been no protests about people who feel their right to debate a contentious assertion in the NDT has been quashed by over-zealous topic starters.’
      • ‘Occasionally it's been the starter for a conversation.’
      • ‘The most important structuring device of this approach is the question starters that are provided to students to guide their peer discussion.’
      • ‘The book could be used as a discussion starter in a Christian Education program, though I don't recommend it.’
      • ‘Also, it may serve as a discussion starter for small cooperative groups or with the whole group in the university classroom.’
      • ‘Summary Points and Essay / Critical Thinking Questions wrap up each chapter, serving as discussion starters.’
      • ‘If you don't want to be so formal, don't bother with a list of discussion starters.’
      • ‘As a starter for analyst research, what about the following?’
      • ‘You can look up both pitches on Smith's opponents' websites, in addition to their platforms, which have many potential discussion starters.’
      • ‘All of these questions are in the form of question starters, such as, What does… mean?’
      • ‘The photos make it a great gift idea, while the information acts as a starter for readers with a new interest in wine.’
      • ‘This book is a good starter for building your personal picture of the Korean War.’
    6. 1.6as modifier Denoting something regarded as suitable for a person who is new to a particular activity, product, etc.
      ‘consumers upgrading from a regular mobile phone to a starter smartphone’
      • ‘I find my modest starter garden in the city highly satisfying.’
      • ‘If you are looking for the perfect starter classic or simply a weekend car for blatting about in, this is the car for you.’
      • ‘He told me that a good starter bike would run me about $400, and there the dream died.’
      • ‘It seems like a lot of people think that a guinea pig or a rabbit is a good starter pet for a child.’
      • ‘If you want to tackle the tricky world of permanent life insurance, here's a starter guide.’
      • ‘It's a great starter phone for someone who is not real tech savvy.’
      • ‘Every day on my way to work I pass the site of a new "starter castle" - the six-car garage kind springing up in farm fields and open land across the country.’
      • ‘It's a good starter biography for younger viewers who might go on to familiarize themselves with the writings of this great author.’
      • ‘It's a good painting at a good price—a starter Warhol—but someone else is willing to go to almost $1.5 million.’
  • 2An automatic device for starting a machine, especially the engine of a vehicle.

    • ‘The difference is there is a helicopter starter engine that always keeps the turbo spinning at high revs, and hence the power.’
    • ‘The rocker switch was positioned to the left engine and the starter switch was engaged.’
    • ‘The hybrid's electric motor itself serves as the starter motor.’
    • ‘Retired bus driver Alan Liptrot, 66, was knocked down by the Skoda car as he used a piece of wire to start a faulty starter motor.’
    • ‘My car mechanic, recently working on my car's engine, struggled for an hour to remove the starter motor.’
    • ‘Mysteriously, my starter motor failed whilst the car was with them too.’
    • ‘About the most modern part of the electronics on the Morgan is the ignition key to connect the battery to the starter motor!’
    • ‘I grimaced, crossing my fingers and jabbing the starter button for the engine.’
    • ‘On his return, I sat into the car, turned on the ignition and pulled the starter switch and the engine came to life immediately.’
    • ‘What's needed is a new version of the automatic starter that replaced those antique car hand cranks.’
    • ‘This meant that he had to get off the start line of stages five and six using just the starter motor.’
    • ‘It starts a combustion engine by igniting a fuel-air charge without engaging the starter motor.’
    • ‘When you turn the ignition key, the starter motor spins the engine a few revolutions so that the combustion process can start.’
    • ‘This system is setup so that the driver, with foot on the brake, pushes the button once, and the starter cranks until the engine starts.’
    • ‘From the darkened bar from which I dictate this missive, I can hear the starter engines revving up!’
    • ‘However, concern over the starter motor stayed with them until the end of the rally.’
    • ‘Then the starter motor packed up, so from that point on I always parked on a hill so I could bump start it.’
    • ‘Mikes double stint was further delayed when a starter motor problem forced the team to push the car into the garage while the component was replaced.’
    • ‘The team had also lost time changing a starter motor, and then Dayton received a stop-and-go penalty for speeding in the pit lane.’
    • ‘She said they had hired Mr Moss to fix a starter motor on one of their fleet, a 50-seater 40 ft-long coach.’
  • 3British The first course of a meal; an appetizer.

    • ‘We had delicious salad starters, followed by steak and chicken dishes and then divine chocolate puddings.’
    • ‘Despite the flaws, there was enough expertise in the starters and second course to confirm that there is still a great deal of talent in the Balbirnie kitchen.’
    • ‘Serve them at tea time or as starters before meals.’
    • ‘On our visit last week we threw caution to the wind and ordered nearly a meal's worth of starters.’
    • ‘This one has mangos in all dishes from starters, soups to main course delicacies and desserts.’
    • ‘They served the starters with the main course, knocked over bottles of beer, forgot the dessert menu and couldn't get the credit card machine to work for a while.’
    • ‘We spent the next 10 minutes trying to choose two starters and main courses - we usually share, having half of each other's dishes.’
    • ‘Contestants will have one hour to create menus, which must include a seafood starter and seafood main course along with suggested accompanying wines.’
    • ‘Do I need to tell you that the last thing you want as a starter to your evening meal after a day of tropical heat is eggs Benedict?’
    • ‘The guests will enjoy a four-course meal that includes two starters of fresh asparagus and a seafood mix.’
    • ‘But there's nothing small about the menu, which changes every eight weeks: seven starters and seven main courses, plus a list of daily specials.’
    • ‘TV chef Lesley Waters has been recruited to showcase a range of mouth-watering British recipes, including starters, main courses and puddings.’
    • ‘From finger foods and starters to main courses, pastry and puddings, he has produced a range of ingenious recipes to tempt even the most committed carnivore.’
    • ‘To round off a quality meal, we also found that the puddings were a rarity - ones that lived up to the quality of the starters and main courses.’
    • ‘It's not like your average menu of starters, main courses and puddings, where you can gauge how much of each to eat if you want to leave room for the rest.’
    • ‘It offered the usual salads, starters, cooked meals, wines and rakias as well as a decent selection of seafood dishes at very good prices.’
    • ‘Meanwhile, down in Pimlico, four starters, four main courses, two ice creams, three beers and a pot of tea came to £65 with tip.’
    • ‘So was the food, which consisted of three starters and a main course of three curries, pilau rice and two nan breads.’
    • ‘Even at buffet dinners, it is advisable to stick to the usual schedule of salads, soups, starters, main course and dessert.’
    • ‘The variety of food is extremely wide - from salads, cold and hot starters and pizzas to main courses of lamb, pork, chicken, or fish.’
    canapé, first course, finger food, titbit, savoury, snack
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  • 4A bacterial culture used to initiate souring in making yogurt, cheese, or butter.

    • ‘A 10 mL starter culture (LB broth with 50 mg/mL carbenicillin) was inoculated from frozen stock and incubated overnight at 37°C with shaking.’
    • ‘‘They're normal inhabitants of our gastrointestinal tracts; they're used as starter cultures in different cheeses in Egypt; and there are a lot of Enterococcus that enter our system,’ she says.’
    • ‘However, these counts may not accurately reflect probiotic content as they do not differentiate probiotic bacteria from starter culture bacteria such as S. thermophilus.’
    • ‘Fruit may contribute undesirable yeasts and bacteria to the yogurt, making it a poor starter culture.’
    • ‘The starter culture initiates the process, and begins the growth of the bacteria.’
    • ‘The starter culture was diluted 1: 30 into fresh medium containing 100 M of IPTG.’
    • ‘With their understanding of the company, they were the starter culture, in Mackey's metaphor, launching the fermentation that would turn Columbus Circle into a true Whole Foods store.’
    • ‘‘Where my gut feeling is, the important factors are proper starter culture, proper usage, and raw milk quality,’ says Reddy.’
    • ‘Finding a suitable starter culture can at times be difficult.’
    • ‘It will also be valuable for natural cheeses, and if they want to know the starter culture.’
    • ‘Then a starter culture of lactic streptococci and lactobacilli bacteria is added.’
    • ‘The starter cultures generally are desirable bacteria that produce lactic acid, gas for eye development, flavor, color and texture, and give milk its consistency.’
    • ‘After incubation at 37°C for 2 days, a single colony was picked and put into a 10 ml starter culture which also contained 20 g/ml chloramphenicol.’
    • ‘The TBAK technology determines bacterial counts in cheese starter cultures in fewer than 10 minutes.’
    • ‘Oxygen is an especially important nutrient, which is supplied in large quantity during production of the yeast starter culture.’
    • ‘The traditional process of cheesemaking ensues when the bacteria in the starter culture begin growing by fermenting the lactose in the milk into lactic acid.’
    • ‘To the company's intellectual property belongs also a collection of over 700 lactic acid bacteria and bifidobacteria isolated from ecologically pure regions of the country and over 100 various starter culture combinations.’
    • ‘The first step is to add a starter culture to milk, and add to that a rennet coagulant, made from a calf's fourth stomach.’
    • ‘Strains are available for a range of desired properties; for instance, there are designated classes of cultures for use in cheese starter cultures, yogurt, milk, buttermilk and sour cream.’
    • ‘Let it cool to about 45 degrees and add yogurt starter culture, available at health food stores, or live culture yogurt from the grocery store.’
    novice, learner, student, pupil, trainee, apprentice, probationer
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    1. 4.1 A preparation of chemicals to initiate the breakdown of vegetable matter in making compost.
      • ‘This suggests that phosphorus is more important than nitrogen in the starter fertilizer.’
      • ‘It isn't necessary to add the starter culture, but Gates recommends it to ensure that your vegetables begin fermenting with a hardy strain of healthy bacteria.’

Phrases

  • for starters

    • informal First of all; to start with.

      • ‘He praised Secretary Rice for starters, saying he thought her trip had gone quite well.’
      • ‘There's a few others I can't remember the names of, but that'll do for starters.’
      • ‘Well, for starters, some red wine always helps to mellow the evening.’
      • ‘But, for starters, the metal and glass front has to go and the ancient walls properly replaced.’
      • ‘So burgers, wool, zoos and safe medicine are out, for starters.’
      • ‘Well, for starters he is a columnist for the left-wing American Prospect magazine.’
      • ‘It shows how narrow economic modelling is, for starters, let alone whether or not it's been done accurately.’
      • ‘Well, for starters, it's going to be hard to bring home all your stuff from Wal-Mart now.’
      • ‘Put it this way, the junkie people in London couldn't afford it, for starters: the drinks are extremely expensive.’
      • ‘Well, for starters we must remember that he was only 32 when he was shot.’

Pronunciation

starter

/ˈstärdər//ˈstɑrdər/