start

Definition of start

Pronunciation: stärt
v. i.1.To leap; to jump.
[imp. & p. p. started; p. pr. & vb. n. starting.]
2.To move suddenly, as with a spring or leap, from surprise, pain, or other sudden feeling or emotion, or by a voluntary act.
And maketh him out of his sleep to start.
- Chaucer.
I start as from some dreadful dream.
- Dryden.
Keep your soul to the work when ready to start aside.
- I. Watts.
But if he start,
It is the flesh of a corrupted heart.
- Shak.
3.To set out; to commence a course, as a race or journey; to begin; as, to start in business.
At once they start, advancing in a line.
- Dryden.
At intervals some bird from out the brakes
Starts into voice a moment, then is still.
- Byron.
4.To become somewhat displaced or loosened; as, a rivet or a seam may start under strain or pressure.
To start after
to set out after; to follow; to pursue.
To start against
to act as a rival candidate against.
To start for
to be a candidate for, as an office.
To start up
to rise suddenly, as from a seat or couch; to come suddenly into notice or importance.
v. t.1.To cause to move suddenly; to disturb suddenly; to startle; to alarm; to rouse; to cause to flee or fly; as, the hounds started a fox.
Upon malicious bravery dost thou come
To start my quiet?
- Shak.
Brutus will start a spirit as soon as Cæsar.
- Shak.
2.To bring into being or into view; to originate; to invent.
Sensual men agree in the pursuit of every pleasure they can start.
- Sir W. Temple.
3.To cause to move or act; to set going, running, or flowing; as, to start a railway train; to start a mill; to start a stream of water; to start a rumor; to start a business.
I was engaged in conversation upon a subject which the people love to start in discourse.
- Addison.
4.To move suddenly from its place or position; to displace or loosen; to dislocate; as, to start a bone; the storm started the bolts in the vessel.
One, by a fall in wrestling, started the end of the clavicle from the sternum.
- Wiseman.
5.(Naut.) To pour out; to empty; to tap and begin drawing from; as, to start a water cask.
n.1.The act of starting; a sudden spring, leap, or motion, caused by surprise, fear, pain, or the like; any sudden motion, or beginning of motion.
The fright awakened Arcite with a start.
- Dryden.
2.A convulsive motion, twitch, or spasm; a spasmodic effort.
For she did speak in starts distractedly.
- Shak.
Nature does nothing by starts and leaps, or in a hurry.
- L'Estrange.
3.A sudden, unexpected movement; a sudden and capricious impulse; a sally; as, starts of fancy.
To check the starts and sallies of the soul.
- Addison.
4.The beginning, as of a journey or a course of action; first motion from a place; act of setting out; the outset; - opposed to finish.
The start of first performance is all.
- Bacon.
I see you stand like greyhounds in the slips,
Straining upon the start.
- Shak.
At a start
at once; in an instant.
At a start he was betwixt them two.
- Chaucer.
To get the start
to begin before another; to gain or have the advantage in a similar undertaking; - usually with of.
- Shak.
1.A tail, or anything projecting like a tail.
2.The handle, or tail, of a plow; also, any long handle.
3.The curved or inclined front and bottom of a water-wheel bucket.
4.(Mining) The arm, or lever, of a gin, drawn around by a horse.
1.A Treaty between the United States and the Soviet Union which provided for stepwise reductions in the number of nuclear weapons possessed by each country.

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