Definition of starter in English:



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

    ‘he was a late starter in photography’
    ‘I'm just a slow starter’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It will be interesting to see how Greer, traditionally a slow starter, responds to the long layoff.’
    • ‘He does however still drift in and out of games, whilst he seems to be a slow starter to each new season.’
    • ‘Arguello was usually a slow starter and Ismael was a very good counter puncher.’
    • ‘Throughout his career, he has always been a slow starter - but a great finisher.’
    • ‘Johnny wanted him to come out, but the staff said, you know, he's a slow starter.’
    • ‘As a professional footballer, Paul was a late starter.’
    • ‘Throughout my whole career I've basically been a slow starter.’
    • ‘One of the things about being a slow starter is that you work a little harder.’
    • ‘Despite the crowd's obvious enthusiasm, the gig was a slow starter.’
    • ‘Favourite Ivan Denisovich was a slow starter, and could only finish fourth.’
    • ‘Like his good friend Henry he has been a slow starter although he remains confident of an upturn.’
    • ‘A slow starter at the best of times, he kept missing good-length balls from the mighty Murtagh and Sampson.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Perhaps fortunately for Finley, he is usually a slow starter and thus is used to overcoming slumps.’
    • ‘He may have been a slow starter, but lately O'Shea has been surging forward.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘That's another way of saying she is a slow starter and sometimes even a no-starter.’
    • ‘Maria had to come back from a set down against Ai Sugiyama, too, but that doesn't make her a slow starter.’
    novice, beginner, starter, tyro, neophyte, new recruit, raw recruit, fledgling, new boy, new girl, novitiate
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    1. 1.1A person who gives the signal for the start of a race.
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘As the starters signalled the first race a light rain signalled the wintry conditions at Munich's Olympic regatta course.’
      • ‘At the second race, the starter didn't show up, and Sweeney's career as a flagman was launched.’
    2. 1.2[with 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’
      • ‘Susan Magnier's Reach for the Moon is the lone starter from the powerful Aidan O'Brien stable.’
      • ‘Hold That Tiger is the only one of O'Brien's potential starters to have raced in the United States this year.’
      • ‘O'Brien also outlined plans with Racing Post for some of his other prominent starters in regards to the Breeders' Cup.’
      • ‘She is the only starter from four foals of racing age in her sire's first crop.’
      • ‘Frankel's other starter in the race, Stronach Stable's Milwaukee Brew, figures to be closing in deep stretch.’
      • ‘Average starters remained the same from 2002 with 9.1 going to the gate this year.’
      • ‘It also prompted Bailey to tout the filly, trained by Frank Brothers, as a possible starter in the Breeders' Cup Sprint.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Paraneck Stable's former classic starter Griffinite has been retired due to a slight ligament strain in his left front leg.’
      • ‘Worse still, every paper lists him as a definite starter in Sunday's game.’
      • ‘Sellers was injured when he was thrown from his mount, first-time starter Hike, before the afternoon's fifth race.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Freshman sire Canvas has sired one winner and one starter from 11 foals of racing age in his first crop.’
      • ‘Shirttail is the only starter from five foals in the first crop of racing age of Shirttail Flying, who has also sired four yearlings.’
      • ‘Same Day Blues is Same Day Delivery's first starter from 10 foals in his first crop of racing age.’
      • ‘Classic starters Pinpoint and Hal's Image finished sixth and seventh, respectively.’
      • ‘Taiki Blizzard is the most recent Japanese-based starter in the Breeders' Cup Classic.’
      • ‘He has sired one starter from two foals of racing age.’
      • ‘Four of the 12 listed starters were scratched as the race was contested over a turf course listed as soft.’
      • ‘Hendricks had been winless with 18 previous starters during the Del Mar meet.’
    3. 1.3Baseball The pitcher who starts the game.
      • ‘Excellent prospect as a major league starter - three above-average pitches.’
      • ‘Torre hasn't announced the starter for Sunday's game against Boston, and didn't completely rule out Brown.’
      • ‘The length of time a young starter remains in a game is now pretty much governed by his pitch count.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Clearly, even as starters, these pitchers were lethal to opposing hitters.’
      • ‘This represents a combined total of just 23 wins for both starters for the first game of a World Series.’
      • ‘You end up playing their NBA teams, but against less skilled players who wouldn't be starters for a game.’
      • ‘Manager Phil Garner wants his pitchers, particularly the starters, to be more aggressive.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘I will touch on many of the topics, the Yankees, the A's, an article on the game's better starters.’
      • ‘Both benches will be key in letting the starters decide this game.’
      • ‘The team should sign a cheap center fielder, a cheaper third basemen, and a starter.’
      • ‘Perez did not emerge as a consistent major league starter until last season, but his talent was discovered much earlier.’
      • ‘Yogi Berra hit a two-run homer in the third inning off starter Bob Buhl.’
      • ‘The four starters, key pitchers in this series, were more than a full run higher at 3.52.’
      • ‘Completing a lot of innings and winning games is what a starter strives for.’
      • ‘Manager Jimy Williams will need to use his starters deeper into games; the Cubs' bullpen is far stronger.’
      • ‘He was a late-inning replacement in each of the four World Series games after being a starter for the previous three seasons.’
    4. 1.4Baseball 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. 1.5A topic, question, or other item with which to start a group discussion or course of study.
      ‘material to act as a starter for discussion’
      • ‘This book is a good starter for building your personal picture of the Korean War.’
      • ‘Summary Points and Essay / Critical Thinking Questions wrap up each chapter, serving as discussion starters.’
      • ‘The photos make it a great gift idea, while the information acts as a starter for readers with a new interest in wine.’
      • ‘The most important structuring device of this approach is the question starters that are provided to students to guide their peer discussion.’
      • ‘Also, it may serve as a discussion starter for small cooperative groups or with the whole group in the university classroom.’
      • ‘If you don't want to be so formal, don't bother with a list of discussion starters.’
      • ‘The book could be used as a discussion starter in a Christian Education program, though I don't recommend it.’
      • ‘The book may serve as a conversation starter for thoughtful parents and gifted children.’
      • ‘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?’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘We invite news organizations to use the guidelines as a discussion starter to craft or revise their own policies and guidelines.’
      • ‘Occasionally it's been the starter for a conversation.’
      • ‘As a starter for analyst research, what about the following?’
      • ‘Sometimes open-ended questions for class discussions were effective starters.’
    6. 1.6[as 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’
      • ‘It's a great starter phone for someone who is not real tech savvy.’
      • ‘I find my modest starter garden in the city highly satisfying.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘If you want to tackle the tricky world of permanent life insurance, here's a starter guide.’
      • ‘It's a good painting at a good price—a starter Warhol—but someone else is willing to go to almost $1.5 million.’
      • ‘If you are looking for the perfect starter classic or simply a weekend car for blatting about in, this is the car for you.’
      • ‘It's a good starter biography for younger viewers who might go on to familiarize themselves with the writings of this great author.’
      • ‘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.’
  • 2An automatic device for starting a machine, especially the engine of a vehicle.

    • ‘This meant that he had to get off the start line of stages five and six using just the starter motor.’
    • ‘Mysteriously, my starter motor failed whilst the car was with them too.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘On his return, I sat into the car, turned on the ignition and pulled the starter switch and the engine came to life immediately.’
    • ‘However, concern over the starter motor stayed with them until the end of the rally.’
    • ‘The rocker switch was positioned to the left engine and the starter switch was engaged.’
    • ‘About the most modern part of the electronics on the Morgan is the ignition key to connect the battery to the starter motor!’
    • ‘The difference is there is a helicopter starter engine that always keeps the turbo spinning at high revs, and hence the power.’
    • ‘I grimaced, crossing my fingers and jabbing the starter button for the engine.’
    • ‘The hybrid's electric motor itself serves as the starter motor.’
    • ‘It starts a combustion engine by igniting a fuel-air charge without engaging the starter motor.’
    • ‘She said they had hired Mr Moss to fix a starter motor on one of their fleet, a 50-seater 40 ft-long coach.’
    • ‘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!’
    • ‘What's needed is a new version of the automatic starter that replaced those antique car hand cranks.’
    • ‘Then the starter motor packed up, so from that point on I always parked on a hill so I could bump start it.’
    • ‘When you turn the ignition key, the starter motor spins the engine a few revolutions so that the combustion process can start.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
  • 3British The first course of a meal; an appetizer.

    • ‘Contestants will have one hour to create menus, which must include a seafood starter and seafood main course along with suggested accompanying wines.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘On our visit last week we threw caution to the wind and ordered nearly a meal's worth of starters.’
    • ‘TV chef Lesley Waters has been recruited to showcase a range of mouth-watering British recipes, including starters, main courses and puddings.’
    • ‘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?’
    • ‘We had delicious salad starters, followed by steak and chicken dishes and then divine chocolate puddings.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Serve them at tea time or as starters before meals.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘So was the food, which consisted of three starters and a main course of three curries, pilau rice and two nan breads.’
    • ‘The guests will enjoy a four-course meal that includes two starters of fresh asparagus and a seafood mix.’
    • ‘We spent the next 10 minutes trying to choose two starters and main courses - we usually share, having half of each other's dishes.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Even at buffet dinners, it is advisable to stick to the usual schedule of salads, soups, starters, main course and dessert.’
    • ‘It offered the usual salads, starters, cooked meals, wines and rakias as well as a decent selection of seafood dishes at very good prices.’
    • ‘This one has mangos in all dishes from starters, soups to main course delicacies and desserts.’
    • ‘Meanwhile, down in Pimlico, four starters, four main courses, two ice creams, three beers and a pot of tea came to £65 with tip.’
    • ‘The variety of food is extremely wide - from salads, cold and hot starters and pizzas to main courses of lamb, pork, chicken, or fish.’
    starter, 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.

    • ‘‘Where my gut feeling is, the important factors are proper starter culture, proper usage, and raw milk quality,’ says Reddy.’
    • ‘‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Then a starter culture of lactic streptococci and lactobacilli bacteria is added.’
    • ‘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 starter cultures generally are desirable bacteria that produce lactic acid, gas for eye development, flavor, color and texture, and give milk its consistency.’
    • ‘Finding a suitable starter culture can at times be difficult.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It will also be valuable for natural cheeses, and if they want to know the starter culture.’
    • ‘The starter culture was diluted 1: 30 into fresh medium containing 100 M of IPTG.’
    • ‘Fruit may contribute undesirable yeasts and bacteria to the yogurt, making it a poor starter culture.’
    • ‘The TBAK technology determines bacterial counts in cheese starter cultures in fewer than 10 minutes.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Oxygen is an especially important nutrient, which is supplied in large quantity during production of the yeast starter culture.’
    • ‘The starter culture initiates the process, and begins the growth of the bacteria.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    novice, starter, learner, student, pupil, trainee, apprentice, probationer
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    1. 4.1A 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.’