AskDefine | Define starter

Dictionary Definition



1 an electric motor for starting an engine [syn: starter motor, starting motor]
2 a culture containing yeast or bacteria that is used to start the process of fermentation or souring in making butter or cheese or dough; "to make sourdough you need a starter"
3 a contestant who is in the game at the beginning
4 the official who signals the beginning of a race or competition [syn: dispatcher]
5 any new participant in some activity [syn: newcomer, fledgling, fledgeling, neophyte, freshman, newbie, entrant]
6 food or drink to stimulate the appetite (usually served before a meal or as the first course) [syn: appetizer, appetiser]
7 a hand tool consisting of a rotating shaft with parallel handle [syn: crank]

User Contributed Dictionary




to start + -er


  1. Someone who starts something.
    1. The person who starts a race by firing a gun or waving a flag
    2. A pitcher who starts games as opposed to a relief pitcher
  2. Something that starts something.
    1. An electric motor that starts an internal combustion engine
    2. A device that initiates the flow of high voltage electricity in a fluorescent lamp
    3. A yeast culture used to start a fermentation process
  3. The first course of a meal, consisting of a small, usually savoury, dish.
  4. A player in the starting lineup



first course of a meal
electric motor that starts an internal-combustion engine



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  1. A device that starts an engine or a machine.


Extensive Definition

Starter may refer to:
Starter may also refer to:
  • a device that aids the initial production of light from a fluorescent lamp that is turned on when cold
  • in golf the starter is the person who determines the order of play from the first tee.

See also

starter in German: Starter
starter in Japanese: スターター
starter in Dutch: Starter
starter in Polish: Starter
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